Reupholstering or Buying a New Sofa. Which is Better?


It is not uncommon to hear homeowners having the dilemma of whether to have a sofa reupholstered or to simply buy a new one. Unfortunately, determining the better option between the two is not that easy a task. Take a look at some things you might want to consider if you are thinking about reupholstering or buying new.

1. What is the age of your sofa?

Sofa reupholstery is not a cheap project to take on. But if you have an antique sofa which is hard to replace and racks up in value through time, reupholstery is a worthwhile thing to do for your precious piece. This could also work if you plan to sell the antique later on.

2. Does your sofa have a sentimental value?

Aside from the age of your furniture, it is important to think about what the piece means to you. Even though the sofa may not be antique, if it is the sofa from your childhood or something that has been passed on from generation to generation, reupholstering may be the better idea.

3. What is the quality of your piece?

Reupholstering a sofa can cost a few thousand dollars for fabric and labor cost. It does not make sense to spend that much to redo a piece that is of poor quality and will not last you a long time. If you are not sure about the quality of your piece, have it assessed first or take a look at the following things:

  • Hand-tied springs under the seat cushion indicates good quality
  • Sinuous springs for cushion support show lesser quality.
  • The heavier the furniture, the more solid its frame is

4. Has your sofa been reupholstered in the past?

If the answer is yes, then it might be a good idea to have it done again since you already know that reupholstery helps the piece last longer in your care.

If after the following guidelines you decide to have work done on your sofa instead of buying a new one, make sure to invest in new foam and select fabric that is sturdy especially if you expect to use the sofa all the time.

If you are really cutting down on costs, have no attachment to your furniture and no plans of keeping antiques then by all means purchase a new one. The perks of getting a new sofa include:

  • Finding a more modern design that could fit your contemporary home interiors better
  • Less cost so you can opt to get another seat or sofa for another room in your house
  • A new sofa could be a much needed change in your home
  • There are many designs, patterns and make to choose from
  • If you purchase something that is not so expensive, it will be easier to part with especially if you like changing up the look of your place every so often

The choice of whether to reupholster or to buy a new sofa is a purely personal one. If you go with your gut, your needs and your wants, you cannot really go wrong.