Q: Recover, Reupholster or Replace? A: It’s simple: If it’s quality, keep it.
There is any amount of cheap furniture available in today’s market, which seems an obvious choice when it comes to redecorating or renovating, but quality is key and quality furniture is never cheap. Good value, maybe, but never cheap.
The important thing to remember is that your current furniture can transformed in any way you like. An old three-seater sofa that was handed down from uncle to cousin to neighbour to you can become a brand new armchair, completely restructured and recovered in the material of your choice. And this way you won’t offend any relatives!
In economic terms, buying a new piece of furniture of the same quality will always be more expensive that recovering or restoring your present piece. Quality is hard to find and letting it go is always a mistake.
Ever wondered why that armchair that you love to hate still stands strong and proud after all this time, despite years of wear and tear? The structure is sound, giving you a solid frame to work with, which means it can become anything you like.
The big recover or reupholster debate? If your furniture is in good condition and the springs and padding are still in good shape, recovering is all that is needed. If you find the springs and/or padding aren’t doing too well then it is best to completely reupholster the furniture, which means repairing/replacing springs and inserting new, quality padding, whether by traditional means or with modern materials such as foam.
A few pointers to bear in mind: Don’t buy bargain basement fabric to cover your quality furniture, nor should you spend a fortune on fabulous fabric to cover your mass produced Buy-One-Get-One-Free sofa. Springs will be sprung or fabric frayed, either way it’ll just be a bad investment. We’ve been in this business for 65 years and have seen it all from clients arriving with wonderful pieces that were destined for the tip and others having spent a fortune on sumptuous fabric for a suite of furniture that won’t see 2016.
From real leather to fine wool, pure synthetic to a synthetic/natural, stain resistant to colour fast and a combination of all of the above, the fabric you choose is entirely up to you. If you are spoiled for choice, the team at Roberts Furniture can point you in the right direction. Take all of the usual considerations into account: how often will the furniture be used? Will it be a trampoline for your children? A scratching post for your cat? Is it in direct sunlight? There are ways and means around all of these scenarios, with everything from arm protectors in the same fabric to reversible cushion covers and a host of other clever ideas available to you.
It is best to use the top quality “High Resilience” foams rather than the standard type if the furniture is to be in a frequent use situation. If you like your furniture but would like to change the look somewhat, it is possibleto re-model it to change the style using your existing furniture.
Don’t see your furniture as dated or dowdy. If it swamps your sitting room or obstructs movement then we can restructure it, making it smaller, neater and a perfect complement to the room. Your furniture should work for you, not the other way around. If it has lost its va-va-voom then we can bring it back to life, re-padding it and covering it in the fabric of your choice. Fabric is like a hair colour: all the effect with none of the commitment. Lift your furniture. The heavier the better. Remember those old furniture pieces that would make four grown men curse and cry every time they were called upon to move them? That was the sweet sound of quality.