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Chairs and sofas can be reupholstered
THE FRAME AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS ARE GOOD QUALITY.
But first: how do you know if an upholsterer is a good upholsterer?
No matter who recommends an upholsterer,
you must visit their workshop,
examine their craftsmanship,
appraise their organization and professionalism!
Then, it is critical to verify where your furniture will be upholstered:
by workers in their supervised premises?
or sent to a sub-contractor?
I’m emphatic about this because of my experience!
My family sofa needed reupholstering.
A prestigious NYC interior decorator firm recommended an upholsterer as
‘one of the best’.
…..this photo illustrates one reason their work was unacceptable! Balls of questionable filling!
No cambric or muslin casing!
These are ‘hidden crimes’!
After discovering ‘this’ and several other objections to their work,
I ‘dropped-into’ the upholsterer’s workshop without an appointment
and learned my sofa had been re-upholstered by a sub-contractor!
Ultimately, all inferior work was corrected, but
I won’t recommend this upholsterer to anyone.
I was later shocked to learn that many upholsterers
My experience compels me to advise against
hiring an upholsterer who uses sub-contractors!
When you finally proceed with a work order,
no matter how ‘simple’ you think your work is,
specify and clarify each detail ON PAPER!
Consider each of the following — and include all details as:
Tightening joinery of frame components.
Retying or replacing of springs.
‘How’ a pattern must be matched.
List lining—if your fabric should be lined— including the skirt.
If you require welting, what kind? (plastic is not acceptable).
Specify quality of cushion fillings: all to be encased in cambric or muslin.
Specify additional pillows and specific quality of fillings.
Specify arm covers and their size.(skimpy will keep falling off).
………………et cetera, et cetera.
Take nothing for granted!
List every minute detail!
Make it known you will ‘drop-in’ to observe progress on your furniture
—then do so!
Slipcovers change ‘the look’ of furniture.
They also hide worn upholstery—but must fit well.
Some furniture manufacturers sell good quality furniture ‘upholstered’
in cambric or muslin — for consumers who want slipcovers.
‘Perfectly-sized’ slipcovers are made in a variety of fabrics
so the furniture ‘looks’ upholstered.
This is a good way to buy good furniture that’s easily maintained and transformed as income and needs change. Slipcovers are practical for families —because most of today’s fabrics can be washed or dry cleaned.
If you want furniture to have seasonal change; slipcovers are magic!
And when you no longer want slipcovers,
you can re-upholster
if the frame and suspension system of a chair/sofa is good.
No matter how you hear about slipcover craftspeople:
first: visit their workshop,
second: examine their craftsmanship,
third: appraise their organization and professionalism!
Pat Breen: EYEWITNESS TO QUALITY
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