Change The Fabric, Change the Look: Upholstery Magic

Change The Fabric, Change the Look: Upholstery Magic

Abby Stone
Oct 29, 2008

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Apple green plush or tweed linen? Each one gives a different look
For most of us, a sofa is a major investment. But what if we get tired of it and want a change? Although most of realize that an upholsterer can change the fabric on a piece of furniture, that's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what they can do...

It's true that even a simple change of fabric can change the look of a piece. Take this sofa, the Chet from CB2, which we've blogged before. In apple green velvet, the sofa reads nouveau 80s, modern and sleek. In linen, the look is softer and would easily fit in amongst the simple wood pieces we've been seeing a lot of.

A good upholsterer can:


  • change a straight arm to a rounded or flared arm. Or a square arm to a rolled arm.
  • lower the sides or the back of a sofa, and knock off sharp corners for soft curves.
  • cut down sofa arms.
  • remake a sofa into a love seat.
  • change a tight back to a plump, soft, cushion-back style or a row of pillows
  • soften a tailored piece with draping, tucking and button-tufting
  • modernize a rounded piece with piping or by replacing multiple bottom cushions with a single bench cushion
  • add interest to a plain piece with details like cording and bullion fringes
  • add a skirt, with or without a kick pleat, to a sofa with legs.
  • change the legs

Before you consider plunking down money for a new sofa, it's worth a visit with an upholsterer to find out if your old sofa can be remade.

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[image: Chet Sofa from CB2]

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