Planning To Reupholster? 6 Things To Keep In Mind

Planning To Reupholster? 6 Things To Keep In Mind

Planning To Reupholster? 6 Things To Keep In Mind
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Reupholstering is a process where you give your furniture a new look by changing the upholstery. This process helps you save money as well as time by not completely changing the furniture and bringing in new one, rather create a new piece from the existing one. Letting you add the contemporary looks to a vintage piece, that is strong, durable and timeless.

So, if you are considering a reupholstering project, MakaanIQ lists six things you should keep in mind:

Fabric
Choosing the type of fabric is the first choice to make when beginning with the process. This choice should be based on your taste, maintenance, and durability of the fabric. The market has plenty of colours and patterns in fabrics including cotton, wool, linen, silk and synthetics including polyester, nylon, acrylic, olefin and polypropylene. Also, one of the most commonly used is leather which can be both natural as well as synthetic. While the natural leather can be heavy on the pocket, synthetic leather has a soft texture. But, if you looking for durability original is the safest bet.
 
Longevity
When we upholster or even reupholster, we plan to do it for years to come. Hence, the need is to look for fabrics that are durable and have a long life. This becomes more important if you have children and pets at home. In such a scenario opt for materials which are thick and hold up well against rough use. Micro fibre fabrics and original leather offer maximum durability as upholstery fabrics.
 
Colours and patterns
The market, as we know, has a large variety of patterns and colours to offer. This might even confuse you. So, how about bringing it down to patterns that fit your design sensibility and also, the decor of your home. In terms of colours, check on the colour scheme of your home. Also, in case maintenance is not regular, opt for darker shades. 

Interior or exterior
Interior and exterior furniture have different requirement of fabric because of the different weather conditions they are exposed to. While exterior furniture should be upholstered with fabrics that could withstand extreme weather conditions including direct sunlight and rainfall. 
 
Fillings
When an old furniture is reupholstered, the cushions need to be replaced. It is up to the homeowners that how they want the piece to look and how soft and comfortable they prefer. Cushioning is always advisable for old furniture, as just replacing the outer cover won’t give that new appeal and your furniture might still be uncomfortable. The combination of a foam core with a down and feather wrap is a good choice.
 
Quality
Each fabric in the market is available in varied qualities and at a different price. The fibres used in the fabric make a huge variance to the quality. Double check the fabrics to get the best out of all. Although, a good quality fabric might be expensive but, will last longer, too.

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