From Susan: Recently my husband and I reupholstered an 8½ foot couch. We took a class through our local community education center and shot a time lapse video of the entire process — shot over nine 2 hour classes!
The thrift-store find turned out to have hand-tied(!) springs and the wood was in great shape. Including class and reupholstery material, the whole thing cost under $600 — not bad for a completely custom couch!