Why Reupholstering Can Bring New Life To Your Soft FurnishingsHugh Slight
Do you have a favourite chair? Or a comfortable sofa that’s been the gathering place for a couple of generations in your family? We know that they’re just pieces of furniture in theory, but there’s more to it than that. They become part of family life in a way that other furniture doesn’t. When your armchair of sofa is starting to look a bit tired or is losing its stuffing, it can be tempting to send it to the tip. The good news is, you don’t have to if you don’t want to. Reupholstering a favourite piece of furniture can bring new life to your soft furnishings. Here’s why we think you should consider it.
It’s built to last
If you’ve had your armchair or sofa for many years, it’s likely to be good quality. Everything has become more disposable in the last 20 years and furniture is no exception. If you decide to buy a brand new replacement for your old chair you could find yourself having to buy again in just a few short years. Either that, or you need to seek out an artisan furniture maker who will charge accordingly.
By reupholstering your existing furniture you can save money and benefit from high quality workmanship for another 20 years or more.
Change the style
Maybe your old sofa is still perfectly comfortable, but you’re just tired of it. It could be beginning to look a bit shabby but there’s nothing really wrong with it. Either that, or it’s an heirloom piece that your grandparents bought in the 1980s. They passed it on to you for your first house and somehow you’ve never got round to replacing it.
If you’ve got a comfortable chair or sofa, or one with a classic shape, reupholstering can help you to make the most of it. You can keep the style and change the look. That could mean changing the colour to fit it with new decoration or getting rid of some outdated chintzy fabric. We offer a range of prestigious fabrics that include tartans, tweeds and silks that give a timeless feel. A new chair or sofa designed using these types of fabrics will come with a high price tag. By reupholstering you can create a design classic for a fraction of the cost.
Save the planet
We know that when you’re thinking about your home décor design is probably your main consideration. However there are other, wider issues to think about as well. Recent research has shown that around 1.6 million tonnes of furniture gets sent to landfill sites in the UK each year. The researchers found that around half of that could have been reused. Some of that has to do with labelling – an older piece of furniture might not have the right fire safety label to allow it to be sold on.
By choosing to reupholster you could be helping to reduce the amount of rubbish that gets buried each year. Creating new furniture has an environmental impact in terms of resources, particularly wood, as well as in transport and manufacturing emissions. By contrast, the materials you use to reupholster a piece of furniture are more environmentally friendly and are often recycled.
By reupholstering you could find yourself bringing new life to a favourite piece of furniture and helping to save the planet as well. If you’d like to find out more about transforming your furniture by reupholstering, get in touch. We offer a really easy way to get a re-upholstery quote by uploading an image of your piece of furniture.