Before & After: Eames Recliner Replica Gets Reupholstered

Before & After: Eames Recliner Replica Gets Reupholstered

Amanda Johnson
Feb 14, 2011

This Eames replica recliner chair was snagged up from Craigslist for only $200 — but the dull vinyl upholstery left much to be desired. A reupholstering facelift made this chair more of an interesting element in its new white-walled home.

We contacted a family friend who had just started a reupholstery business. His prices were affordable, and we were happy to give him business. To start out, the reupholstery guy checked out the chair and told us how much fabric we would need to buy. So, we waited for a 50% off sale on Custom Cut fabrics at Joann Fabrics & Crafts, and then waited patiently for the order of Robert Allen fabric to arrive.

  • Cost of the chair: $200
  • Cost of materials: $180
  • Services: $140
  • Total cost of chair: $520

After the materials arrived, we brought both the fabric and the chair to be reupholstered, and waited about a week for the project to be complete. The quality did not disappoint, and now the chair adds a little bit of sass to the living room!

Images: Amanda Johnson

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