Deciding Whether to Re-upholster Furniture?

There are few items to consider before making the decision to do a re-upholstery project. Upholstery is an art. It requires craftsmanship, patience, attention to detail and detailed labor. There are a wide variety of materials and finding the best upholsterer can be a challenge. Here are some tips to consider when deciding to do a project:

A few questions to ask yourself about your piece(s):

  • Does it hold sentimental value?

  • Is it valuable, expensive or good quality?

  • Is it unique, one of a kind, antique or vintage?

  • Do you want a custom design, particular style?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, re-upholstering may be a good option for you. We will walk you through the process of finding the right upholstery shop, material options and cost managing.


The first step is to have a clear idea of what you want your final product to look like. Develop a budget, identify your color scheme and/or pattern for your finished project. This is important and it will keep you focused, save time and money. Do not set it in stone, have an acceptable amount of flexibility. Even if you are undecided, Familia Upholstery can help you design a piece of furniture you will love.

Second, identify a shop that can take your project and complete it in within your deadline and without grossly exceeding your budget. Things may show up during the refurbishing phase that need to be added, repaired or replaced. A proper, professional upholstery shop will keep you updated on the process and will notify you immediately of any changes to the initial agreement.

Third, is determining your materials. You can purchase the materials through your upholstery shop, they should have a wide selection of samples to chose from and oftentimes these materials are of good quality and backed up by the manufacturer warranty. Another option is purchasing the fabric/material of your choice and pay for labor, in which case you may be charged a COM (Customer's Own Material) fee of around $15 per yard. If you chose this route, it is important that you pick a good quality material that can withstand regular use.

Last, but certainly not least, is choosing the right shop. Look at their social media, website and customer reviews. Look at samples of their work. Different types of projects mean they have experience and versatility. Pay attention to their response time and ask about turnaround time. If convenience is important to you, see if they offer on-location consultations. Do they offer pickup and delivery? Can they work around your budget? A good shop owner will give you options that will help you stay within budget and understand how to meet your needs.

A full service shop like Familia Upholstery in Tampa Bay, Florida will come to you, provide material samples, and offer an estimate in the comfort of your home or business. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure we meet your expectations and deliver a special re-upholstered piece of furniture.

This process may sound daunting, but the satisfaction of seeing your special piece of furniture with new life is priceless. With these tips, choosing to do an upholstery project can be an investment worth making.

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