Reupholster Used Furniture Yourself For Great-Looking Pieces On A Budget

Reupholster Used Furniture Yourself For Great-Looking Pieces On A Budget

You may not have room in your budget for new furniture, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for subpar interior decoration. You could buy a used chair and re-upholster it for a great looking piece that fits a lean budget.

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Pay attention to details as you’re upholstering your furniture, as these will make or break the piece. Since you’ve already saved money on the chair and frame, choose materials that you love. Make sure the patterns line up, and carefully choose your contrast welting and button tufting. For example, you could make an otherwise boring sofa stand out with a few simple details.

Also, when you look at used chairs, make sure that the frame is sturdy and in good condition. You could also use this tip to save on your next office chair and make it look fantastic.

How To Reupholster A Chair [Instructables via Apartment Therapy]


  • Upholstery material can be pretty expensive. A possibly cheaper alternative is to buy sheets instead. 3 king-sized sheets is enough for one 2-seater sofa, in my experience. I’ve successfully re-covered 2 sofas this way in the past. The hardest part is finding the right sheets/pattern. And you don’t even need a sewing machine. All you need is a furniture stapler to staple the fabric on the back, bottom and sides; and a needle and crochet string for the cushions – wrap the cushions in the fabric as if wrapping a present, then sew the ends together on the bottom, as you would if preparing fabric on a mounting board for framing. This type of reupholstery looks better and is easier to look after than those stretchy couch covers.

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