Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified upholstery company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose local upholstery companies with confidence by offering a list of top rated local companies that have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only upholstery companies rated Highest in Quality and Helpful Expertise® earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you’ll feel confident choosing Diamond Certified upholstery companies for new upholstery work and reupholstering services.
Q: How long does it take to reupholster a piece of furniture?
A: The average time for upholstery and reupholstery services varies depending on the item to be upholstered, the fabric or upholstery medium chosen, the detail the job requires, the schedule of the upholstery shop and other factors. Talk with your upholstery shop about their estimated return time in regard to your specific project. Some upholstery shops offer rush jobs for an additional fee if you need your furniture back in a shorter time than their average turnaround time.
Q: How much do upholstery services cost?
A: Cost varies greatly for upholstery and reupholstery services. The reasons cost can vary is due to the size and type of furniture that needs new upholstery, the detail of the job, the fabric desired, any repair or upgrade services, auxiliary services, stain and pre-treatment additions, the skill and experience of your upholstery professional, and the location of the shop. Remember, cheap upholstery services aren’t always the best choice. If the price for upholstery services seems too low or is much lower than other bids you’ve received, be wary. This can be an indication of substandard work, cheap fabrics, and inexperience on the part of the reupholsterer. Instead, carefully compare bids to ensure that the upholstery shops you’re considering offer quality work and an overall value for their services.
Q: Will my upholstery professional help me choose a fabric if I can’t decide?
A: Yes. In fact, it can be a smart idea to ask your local upholstery shop for help choosing, measuring and ordering fabric. You can often save money by ordering the fabric through your upholstery shop rather than a fabric store, since most upholstery businesses order fabrics in bulk and therefore can get discount pricing. They will also be better at measuring, so you’ll be sure to get the right amount of fabric without much waste or risk of running out. Additionally, the quality of fabric you get from fabric stores might not be the right type or quality for the job you want. Your upholstery shop should be able to recommend the right weight, weave and other details for your job.
Q: Will the upholstery shop order upholstery fabric for me, or can I provide my own?
A: That depends on your needs and preferences. However, most good upholstery shops like to order the fabric for clients. This allows them to measure the piece and order the correct length of fabric. They also can control the quality and price, because they usually have more options than do customers at fabric stores. You may provide your own fabric at most shops, however some charge cutting fees or other fees for this, and most won’t warranty or guarantee any fabrics they don’t provide, although they may still guarantee their work.
Q: Are there benefits to hiring an upholstery shop rather than doing DIY reupholstery?
A: While DIY upholstery projects are popular and can be a success if the DIY-er knows what he or she is doing, there are benefits to hiring professional upholsterers to complete your project. You may want to hire an upholstery shop if the furniture is valuable or has sentimental value, or if the upholstery work will be complicated. It’s also smart to hire a professional if you want the style of the furniture changed, or if the furniture needs repairs. This can include restringing or resetting coils or springs, replacing padding or cushions, repairing or replacing broken legs or back supports, or other repairs. Professional upholsterers have experience, so they’ll likely do a better job, choose the right upholstery fabric and get the job done much faster than the average DIY upholsterer.
Q: Do local upholstery businesses offer pick up and delivery of furniture?
A: Yes, most local upholstery stores offer pick up and delivery of furniture they’re asked to upholster. There may be a fee for this service, especially if you live outside of their immediate area. If you need pick up and/or delivery of your furniture, ask about this before you commit to an upholstery shop and ask specifically about fees and scheduling, as this can impact your choice of an upholstery company.
Q: What services do local upholstery shops offer?
A: Upholstery shops offer a variety of services including:
- vintage furniture reupholstery
- upholstery services for couches, sofas, chairs, ottomans, recliners, loveseats, sectionals, dining chairs and other furniture
- upholstery repair
- custom auto upholstery, boat upholstery and motorcycle upholstery
- headboard upholstery services
- window cornice upholstery
- commercial furniture upholstery services
- custom upholstery
- furniture repairs, including frame repairs, cushion repairs, foam and stuffing replacement, tufting repair and more
- custom slipcovers
Call local upholstery shops to learn exactly what services they offer and if they can provide what you need.
Q: Can upholstery shops recondition or repad my furniture if it’s uncomfortable?
A: Yes, many upholstery shops repair furniture, including repadding, reconditioning, spring replacement, frame replacement and repair, cushion repair and replacement and more.
Q: Is my furniture is worth reupholstering, or should I just buy new furniture?
A: This depends on the furniture. It can be cheaper to buy new furniture than have old furniture reupholstered, but there are many factors to consider. First, how much do you like your old furniture? If it’s sentimental, valuable or the perfect fit for your room, it’s probably worth reupholstering. It can be hard to find new furniture that takes the place of old furniture (10 to 15 years old or older), especially if the furniture you’re replacing is furniture you really like or don’t want to get rid of. Is the furniture sturdy and in good shape, other than needing to be recovered? New furniture is rarely as well-crafted as old furniture, so you’re probably smart to recover or reupholster older furniture that is well made and of higher quality. While reupholstering can be expensive, the cost of reupholstering good furniture may average out to less money over time if the other option is to purchase cheaper furniture that you will need to replace sooner. Keep in mind that small problems, like springs that need replacing, cushions that need to be refilled or minor frame damage can often be replaced or repaired at very reasonable prices. So minor damage or repairs, and even style changes, are possible. If you don’t like the furniture, if it is newer or if the frames are damaged, you may be better off simply replacing it.
Q: Can upholstery shops change the style of my furniture?
A: In many cases, yes. Upholstery shops can modify the frames, legs, arms, backs, height and even width of furniture. They can also change the size and style of cushions and padding. Many of the best upholstery shops can change styles by adding or subtracting padding and stuffing, changing the style of legs, adding or removing tufting and nail heads. Sometimes a change of fabric or pattern can be enough of a change, but for those who want a major change, it is possible to make old furniture look completely new.
Q: Can local upholsterers make custom slipcovers for my furniture?
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A: Custom slipcover construction is a popular service offered by local upholstery shops and professional upholsterers. They will measure your furniture and can create removable, washable, customized slipcovers to hide the upholstery underneath, protect furniture, and make furniture more easy to wash and maintain for homes with pets and children.