C.T. asks from Parker, CO on November 23, 2010
How Much Should Re-upholstering Cost?
How much do upholsterers charge for their work? I have 2 high-end chairs that I found at an estate sale but they need to be recovered. Beyond the cost of the fabric, how much do you think it might cost to have them done? I think the fabric requirement for each chair is 10 yards.
Do you have anyone you have worked with in the Denver area that you would refer??
K.B. answers from Tulsa on November 23, 2010
Here it cost more than a new set of chairs! If you call your local furniture store office, ask who their GOLDSMAN warranty upholsterer is. That person is usually quite good and has the volume of business to be a bit cheaper.
Check your fabric first. My neighbor bought fabric from Hobby Lobby and had to get her chairs redone after 6 months because it was not actually for furniture.
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C.W. answers from Lynchburg on November 23, 2010
It is pricey...I know...but it is NOT rocket science! Have you considered doing it yourself??? Can always get it done over!
Just a thought
M.R. answers from Phoenix on November 23, 2010
I have always shopped around first for quotes. I look through the local newspapers, flyers, coffee shop letters, etc. Go on line now, like Craigslist.
Depending upon the labor, I have paid as low as $80 but I think the normal range is $350-$500 per chair. These prices included the fabric, b/c I was willing to use a neutral fabric the re-upholsterer already had in his shop. I actually liked it and it saved me $$ rather than ordering something special. 10 yds of fabric sounds high unless there is a lot of skirting and pleats.
I have also re done many kitchen chairs where only the bottom needs to be done. All you need is a good staple gun, and your tools to remove the seat, trace and cut the fabric for the seat, etc.
L.S. answers from New London on November 23, 2010
I had a couch with three bottom cushions and three top cushions quoted for $700. not including the fabric. I still haven't gotten the couch done yet. A friend of mine had one seat cushion done and it cost $600 (including fabric). I think you just have to get quotes.
M.H. answers from Denver on November 24, 2010
I'd love to hear of a good upholsterer in Denver - I have been looking for someone to do a chair for me. The ones I have found only really like to do the antique type stuff you have, which is not what I have. They have usually waved me out of their shop telling me it was too expensive to bother. I also like my furniture upho;tered in natural fabrics, and few want to work with wool.
All that said, my aunt is an upholsterer (in Michigan) and she does beautiful work and charges a fortune. It is not rocket science, true, but if you want beautiful work that lasts many years, you have to get someone who does all the tedious details, and does them right. You can tell quality work when you see it. I would ask to see samples of their work - they will probably have something in the shop that is waiting for pickup.