If you need to have a chair reupholstered, you'll need to hire an upholstery service to complete this task for you. While this process is quite simple, you may be a little unsure of yourself if you've never had something reupholstered before. Here are four tips to follow during the process to ensure you get the results you desire.
1. Decide between down and foam filling.
These are the two major types of filling offered by most upholstery services. While the difference may seem inconsequential since it does not change the appearance, there is a huge difference in cost. Down often costs five or six times as much as foam, so unless you have a really expensive piece of furniture, it may not be worth it.
2. Consider the texture of your fabric.
The upholstery service should present you with various fabric options. In choosing a fabric, make sure you look at more than appearance and color. If you'll be using the chair in a dining room, a fabric with a smooth texture is ideal, since this will be easier to clean if you spill any food or drink on it. If you'll be using the chair in the living room, look for a tougher fabric that will stand up to wear and tear. Also, consider how the fabric's texture will complement your space. If all of your other decor is smooth, you can add a layer of texture by choosing a more roughly textured upholstery fabric.
3. Plan ahead.
Reupholstering the chair should not take the professional upholsterer more than a few hours. However, good upholstery services have long backlogs of work. It might be a few weeks before they can get to your chair, so plan ahead. Don't take the chair in for service the day before you need it and expect it to be done the next day.
4. Ask about care.
The care required for an upholstered piece will depend, in part on the fabric you choose. To ensure you take care of the chair properly, ask the upholstery service for care recommendations. They should tell you what cleaners to use, which ones you absolutely need to avoid, and so forth. They can also give you vacuuming tips.
If you follow the tips above, your upholstery session should go smoothly! Before long, your chair will have an entirely new look and you will know exactly how to maintain it. To learn more, contact a company like Tri-County Furniture Restoration.