So you’ve got some old furniture that you’ve decided it’s time to try and refurbish. Maybe it’s a family heirloom that your grandmother would scoff at if she could see it in its current state, or maybe it’s the new kitten’s favorite scratching post. Maybe it’s just an eyesore that doesn’t match the intricacies of your home! Whatever the reason, there are many ways to accomplish this, and better yet you have full reign to be as creative about it as your heart desires.
Upholstery and reupholstery singapore is refurbishment, but it’s not the same as wood- or metalworking, so the first question you should be asking yourself is “is the frame of my piece solid enough and if it isn’t, do I have the skills to repair it?” Most household furniture can be easily patched up at home, but if you feel you can’t perform the task comfortably, there are many professional woodworking and furniture repair resources out there to get you pointed in the right direction. (It’s absolutely unnecessary to hire a professional reupholsterer, meanwhile; the cost can come to more than all the materials combined and often takes much more time, and you’ll be missing out on the learning experience). If you find your piece of furniture to be in good sturdy shape, you can move on to the fun stuff!
Your biggest tools will be a hand stapler (or, if your grandpa taught you the way mine taught me, a pneumatic staple gun), some sewing materials, and the material of your choice. Although there is really no true right or wrong fabric to use to upholster old furniture, it’s wise to take into account the purpose of the furniture and how this will translate in everyday use (for example, if you have kids who love grape juice you may want to steer away from, say, white leather chairs). I always recommend choosing something just a smidgen more muted than your first instinct would suggest; seeing a lovely bright orange and blue pattern would incite instant excitement in anybody, however once you get it home you may find it’s a little too bright for your home. Try stepping down a few shades; pastels are usually quite compatible even if the color scheme doesn’t necessarily match your home outright. If you’re a big sewer, it may behoove you to bring home more than one pattern or sheet of fabric. Trial and error are your friends when it comes to trying to make your home inviting. I also recommend choosing light, soft fabrics over heavy ones. Your instinct may suggest that heavy material will make for a more solid finish, but you’ll quickly find that the finish is affected hardly at all; meanwhile, the process of attaching a strip of fabric that’s half an inch thick will very quickly wear you down.
The first thing you will learn is that upholstering is not the same as slipcovering furniture. I had that nasty realization once I had achieved the cutting stage; I couldn’t get over how many holes and curves and roundings I had to maneuver in order to fit my fabric! And worse, when I pulled off the old covering, I found that it wasn’t, well, “chair-shaped” at all. However, this actually ended up benefiting me magnificently, because what I discovered was that really, all the process entailed was pulling the fabric down and stapling it accordingly, then trimming the excess. This simplified things for me, and I’m sure it will simplify them for you as well.
You may notice at the very end of your work that there are some imperfections in the settling of the fabric. This is completely normal; don’t worry, you don’t need to shed any tears over your ruined grandfather’s sofa! These can be remedied with staples or even some stitches. In spite of my complete lack of experience, I was able to create a beautiful piece of furniture that looked brand new rather than sixty years old with fifteen of those spent in a basement. After the proper reupholstery is finished, you can get even more creative if you wish; try refinishing the wood parts, or even painting them.
This is just the start of your upholstery career; I promise that after your old furniture is renewed and lovely, you’ll start casting your eyes about your home looking for your next victim. And that’s great! The best aspect about your home, in my opinion, is keeping it in line with your personality and making it lovely and inviting. Now that you’ve got the skills needed, go do it!