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The Art of Reupholstering: How Professionals Breathe New Life into Furniture

July 05, 2023

Breathing New Life into Old Furniture: A Detailed Guide to Reupholstering

By Redesign Upholstery

Hello to all our dear customers!

Today, we want to take you behind the scenes and share with you the detailed process that our expert upholsterers follow to reupholster furniture – The art of Reupholstering. This ancient art can completely transform an old piece of furniture, giving it new life and style.

Step 1: Evaluation and Disassembly 

The first step in the reupholstering process is a careful evaluation of the furniture. Our upholsterers examine the furniture to identify any structural damage that may need repair. Then, they carefully disassemble the furniture, removing the old fabric and all staples and nails. This process is done with great care to avoid damaging the furniture’s structure.

The first step in the reupholstering process is a thorough evaluation of the furniture. This involves acareful inspection of the piece to identify any structural damage that may need repair. The upholsterer looks for issues such as broken or loose frames, damaged springs, or worn-out padding. This step is crucial as it determines the extent of the work that needs to be done and ensures the longevity of the reupholstered furniture.


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Once the evaluation is complete, the disassembly process begins. This involves carefully removing the old fabric from the furniture. The upholsterer uses tools such as a staple remover, pliers, and a screwdriver to carefully remove all staples, nails, and screws that are holding the fabric in place. This process must be done with great care to avoid damaging the furniture’s structure. In some cases, the old fabric may serve as a template for cutting the new fabric, so it may need to be removed intact.

The disassembly process also includes removing any padding, springs, or other components under the fabric. These parts are often replaced or repaired during the reupholstering process to ensure the furniture is not only aesthetically pleasing but also comfortable and durable.

In summary, the Evaluation and Disassembly step is a meticulous process that sets the foundation for the rest of the reupholstering work. It requires a keen eye for detail, a steady hand, and a deep understanding of furniture construction.

Step 2: Repairs and Preparation.       

Once the furniture is disassembled, our upholsterers repair any damage to the furniture’s structure. This can include gluing loose parts, replacing damaged parts, or even replacing or reinforcing springs if necessary. Then, the furniture is prepared for the new upholstery, which may include adding a new layer of padding if needed.

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Step 3: Choosing the Fabric and Design

The next step is choosing the fabric and design for the new upholstery. Our upholsterers work with customers to select the perfect fabric that suits their style and needs. Then, the fabric is cut and tailored to the design of the furniture, ensuring it fits perfectly.

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Step 4: Upholstering

The upholstering process begins with the placement of the fabric, ensuring it is taut and wrinkle-free. Our upholsterers use a variety of techniques to secure the fabric, including the use of staples, nails, and glue when necessary. This process requires great skill and attention to detail to ensure a perfect finish.

The upholstering process is where the transformation really begins. This step involves attaching the new fabric to the furniture, giving it a fresh new look.

The first part of this process is laying out the new fabric. The upholsterer will carefully position the fabric on the furniture, ensuring it aligns correctly with the shape and design of the piece. If the fabric has a pattern, the upholsterer will take extra care to ensure that the pattern aligns correctly across the different parts of the furniture.

Once the fabric is positioned correctly, the upholsterer will start attaching it to the furniture. This is typically done using a staple gun. The upholsterer will pull the fabric taut and staple it to the frame of the furniture, starting from the center and working their way out to the edges. This ensures that the fabric is smooth and free from wrinkles.

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In some cases, the upholsterer may need to create seams or pleats in the fabric to accommodate curves or corners in the furniture. This requires a high level of skill and precision to ensure that the seams are neat and the fabric fits perfectly on the furniture.

The upholsterer will also cut away any excess fabric, and may also add a dust cover to the underside of the furniture. This is a piece of fabric that covers the bottom of the furniture, hiding the staples and giving the piece a neat, finished look.

In summary, the Upholstering step is a meticulous process that requires a high level of skill and attention to detail. It’s where the furniture begins to take on its new look, and the quality of the upholstering work is crucial in determining the final appearance and quality of the reupholstered furniture.



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Step 5: Final Details

Once the fabric is in place, our upholsterers add the final details. This can include the addition of piping, buttons, or decorative tacks. These final details are what really makes a reupholstered piece of furniture stand out.

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The process of reupholstering is an art that requires skill, patience, and great attention to detail. At REDESIGN UPHOLSTERY, pride ourselves on offering the highest quality reupholstering services. If you have a piece of furniture that needs new life, don’t hesitate to contact us. 

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