Good Questions: Should I Re-Upholster This Couch?

Good Questions: Should I Re-Upholster This Couch?

Colleen Quinn
Sep 11, 2008

Hello AT DC, My mother is giving me part of the 3-part sectional that is now in her family room. It's all the fugly couch you can get. It's rusty orange chenille-like fabric with burns from an iron, but yet it has lasted the test of time (over 25+ years). What I like about it are the modern lines and low profile. My best friend also said it was THE most comfortable couch he ever slept on...

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Having said all this, I'd like to get it reupholstered. I've taken a look at the frame and springs (from a rip in the underside of the couch) and they seem pretty sturdy (the seat does not sag at all). The seat cushions are in great shape, while the back cushions have seen better days.

So what do you all think? Spring for the re-up cash or get a new sofa from R&B or Gus Modern? Have any suggestions for re-upholsterers in DC/Baltimore? A custom slipcover might be taken into consideration, but I don't want anything frilly.

Thoughts or advice for cette-fille?

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