For many, decorating a home can be a challenge. This also holds true when looking for that perfect sofa set. Yeah, you could stop at you local furniture store and choose from one of their floor displays, but would that really state your taste? The right sofa should fit like the perfect pair of socks, a comfortable set of underwear, or a soul mate. OK, so maybe I’ve dove off the deep end, but you get my drift.
When I began my sofa hunt, I knew the style and colors I loved. I knew I wanted something tufted, velvet, purple, with a French and Baroque style. Most importantly, I knew I didn’t want to pay a fortune. The task of finding just what I was looking for was exhausting and time consuming. After months of looking, I learned the key to conquering this task was patience, a bit of luck, and the willingness to compromise. I traveled from furniture store to antique store and spent hours on Google, Pinterest, Instagram, you name it.
Low and behold, I finally found my gem on Craig’s List for less than $500.00. It was a bit of an eye sore, but had lovely bones. Thus, I compromised and decided I couldn’t pass up a steal with all of this potential.
Check out some before pictures:
Once I’d located the perfect set, I began my research on upholsterers. It’s important to feel comfortable with the company you will leave your furniture with. You should be able to sit and have a conversation about your needs and wants.
- Request a quote for everything you are considering. The upholsterer should even be able to give you quotes for items you are uncertain of. These will be written as options. When gathering quotes, don’t be alarmed to find a wide range of prices from upholster to upholster. I found some to be extremely expensive and others to be shockingly inexpensive.
- If you need your piece to be refinished (re-painted or stained), find out how much additional time this will add and if it’s done in-house. My pieces were sent to another company for refinishing which added several weeks to the completion.
- Do your due diligence by checking BBB or online for any negative feedback. I’ve X’d a few upholsterers this way. You should also ask to see some of their work. Many times you can find some of their finished pieces at the shop, so take the time to visit.
- Another thing I check for is the fabric samples they carry in the store. If you go to a store and all they have are older style fabrics chances are that’s the type of furniture they are used to upholstering. Even though fabric can be ordered, it’s so much more convenient to a sample there when you are making your decision.
- Ask if the company has pickup and delivery service and if there is a cost for this. This will insure your pieces are removed and returned to your home safely.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions. These guys do this for a living. They’ve seen the good and the bad. If you have an idea but you are not certain of how it may turn out, ask the upholster what he thinks.
Here are a few pics of fabric samples that you will find in a upholstery shop:
Always inspect your pieces as soon as they’re returned. I’ve had to send my chairs back twice. They were done wrong with purple piping and the wrong fabric and style in front, as shown below. Then I noticed a small snag, so they had to be returned again. Mistakes can and will happen from time to time. A good company will recognize any mistakes and take care of them right away with no additional cost to you.
Here are some pictures of the incorrect chairs:
Remember I said patience? Having your furniture reupholstered is very time consuming. It took about 10wks for me to receive all 3 pieces above. Granted, this was over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays. But, to have these custom pieces of art in my unworthy living room, was well worth the wait.
Check out some of the after pictures: