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Essential Tips and Tricks for Your Reupholstering Project

When homeowners get the itch to change up their interior design for a fresh look, one of the major projects they take on is finding new items to furnish the space. New furniture does make a big difference in the overall aesthetic and functionality of a space, but buying brand new isn't the only option you have for creating new looks. Reupholstering furniture is also a good way to change your interior design. Here are three tips and tricks to help get you started on your reupholstering project.

Pick the Right Piece

The first part of any furniture reupholstering project is finding the right pieces to update, since not every one of them is going to be suitable for the project. Whether you're planning on updating a beloved piece in your home that you already own or are scouring antique stores for the perfect piece with the right amount of character, the structure should be sturdy. There should be no staples, glue, or particle board in the piece. If you're unsure about a piece, consult furniture upholstery services for advice. Frames in chairs and sofas build 10 to 15 years ago or more tend to last longer than newer frames.

Choosing Prints

When you've found the right piece, the next step in the project is finding the right prints, colors, and patterns for the fabric, which should follow and reflect the overall shape of the piece itself. If you have a very geometric piece with straight lines, the print should also have straight lines. If the shape of the piece is more organic and curvy, choose a print with curves, like paisley. Darker fabrics can be better for hiding wear or stains. The typical chair requires about seven yards of fabric, and the average sofa uses about 13 yards of fabric. If you choose a solid, use these guidelines for choosing fabric for custom pillows.

Testing Fabrics

Fabric should also be easily cleaned and have the right blend for upholstery. It should be able to be sat on without the fabric ripping or stretching out of shape. A good test takes one square of the fabric. Take the square by two opposite corners and pull. Then repeat on the other two corners. If the fabric has returned to its original shape, then it's suitable for upholstery. It's also important to consult with professional furniture upholstery services before committing to a fabric.

About half of Americans haven't made updates to their home decor in the last five years. If you're planning on upholstering rather than buying new furniture, keep in mind that you need to choose the right sturdy frame and a matching fabric that is right for upholstery -- and consult furniture upholstery services when needed for a successful project.