CHI Good Questions: Cost to Reupholster an Unusually Shaped Sofa?

CHI Good Questions: Cost to Reupholster an Unusually Shaped Sofa?

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Janel Laban
Mar 17, 2008

John sent in a good question: "I find a lot of the modern upholstered seating to be very bold and appealing. The only concern I have is how it holds up over time.... I don't want to be paranoid about food or pets, or have disposable furniture.

With say an Arts&Crafts-style settee, the oak and joinery is very durable, and the upholstery is limited to rectangular cushions that can be rotated, and are not expensive to re-cover. However, with say a Noguchi sofa, reupholstery looks like a very expensive job. Anyone have any first-hand experience?"

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We know that a big portion of an upholstery job cost is for the fabric and materials, so in some cases, a more traditional type of sofa, with multiple two sided cushions, etc, could add up to quite a bit for the materials, so we're not 100% sure if it really would cost much more to do a more streamlined one. Our own sofas are modern (but granted, are not a wild shape), and upholsterers have always remarked at how little fabric is needed to cover the two of them, which helps keep the price down.

Can anyone share their experiences or expert opinion for John? Let him know in the comments...

Photo: Noguchi Sofa via Design Within Reach

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