When you are considering having an antique reupholstered, there are a number of factors that need to be considered.
What is most important to you:
- Preserving the frame
- Restoring to original
- Making the furniture usable
- Keeping the cost down
Updating, Reupholstery or Restoration?
Often with antiques, people just want the cover changed. They assume that everything under the fabric is just fine. Unfortunately we don’t really know the condition of the insides until we open it up. Additionally, the average person doesn’t know what to look for with their furniture. They have owned it for many years and feel that everything is OK with the bones of the furniture. Often, if the piece has been reupholstered several times in the past, and new material was placed right over the old, the multiple layers of fabric tend to hide the true condition of the springs and padding. Over the years, along with the fabric, the padding, support linings, springs, and webbing have also been slowly aging.
Especially with antiques there is often much more work under the cover than what you can see on top.
Why do you want to reupholster an antique?
Here are some questions to consider:
- If you have an antique, should you go through all the time and expense of restoring it, or do you just want to make it usable for your household?
- What is the antique worth?
- It a rare piece? Would it be valuable if restored?
- What is the history of the piece? Does this particular piece of furniture (or this style) have any specific historical value?
- If it is a valuable piece, would it lessen it’s value by doing a reupholstery rather than a restoration?
- If it is a common antique, would the added expense of restoring it be worth it?