Reupholster Sofas or Buy New?

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Q: We inherited this used sofa (above) and matching loveseat (below) for free from a friend soon after moving to town without any living room furniture. We figured they'd be temporary until we could afford something not torn and sagging, but now that we're ready to purchase our first "real" sofa, I'm not finding anything new I like much better.

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I love the clean lines, and despite the tears and sagging, both are still very comfortable! And, I like the idea of rescuing something used with good bones. However, my vintage eclectic style is resisting a matching loveseat and sofa - even though they both fit well with our living room layout. According to the reupholstering estimates I've gathered, the cost will be about the same cost as purchasing something new. My question - is it worth it to get these reupholstered, and has anyone tried reupholstering a matching couch and loveseat in different fabrics? If so, how did it turn out?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.