Replacing vs. Reupholstering Furniture

If you are really attached to the sofas that you inherited from your grandmother (perhaps, because you’ve got fond memories of her teaching you to knit while sitting on one), you’ll have to decide whether to reupholster the sofas or buy new ones. If you really like the sofa, but want to eliminate the signs of wear and tear, reupholstering is just the option for you. However, there are several questions to consider before jumping in.


  • Is the piece an antique? In order to prevent harming the piece through the reupholstering process, make sure that you find a specialist in reupholstering antique furniture.


  • What type of fabric is best? If you are particular about the fabric type and pattern that you want to use for your piece, it may be easier to have someone reupholster it than to find that type of fabric and pattern in a new piece of furniture.


  • Is the sofa’s structure sound? As long as your furniture is structurally sound, and the fabric is the only part that is really worn, reupholstering might be a good option for you and end up saving you money in the long run. An old sofa that has retained its structure of at least ten years likely has a sound frame.


  • Should I do this myself? The craftiest person with a lot of time on their hands and a desire to learn a new skill might want to embark on a DIY project. You may have to take a class or learn about the techniques either by reading books or using the internet, but it’s an option that may save you money.


If you are considering reupholstering yourself but you have neither the money nor the time to take on a project, you may want to think about a temporary fix. If you have a sofa with multiple stains, and you have tried to get them out with various stain removers, try using a steam cleaner instead. A small steam cleaner will generally cost less than $100.

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Or if you have tried steam cleaning, but the stains still won’t come out, you may cover the stains with an inexpensive throw or some pillows. Making the pillows yourself is an option with a few simple tools such as a pillow stuffer, some fabric tape which can be ironed on, a pair of rotary cutters and a cutting mat.


While this fix is only temporary until you can tackle a complete reupholster, it may help you if you are just trying to make your old sofa presentable for an upcoming dinner party.


If you are in Singapore and is in need of an update for your couch to these fabrics, then contact us. The usual cost for reupholster/upholstery will start from SGD $890 and above for a 2 seater or SGD $480 and above for an armchair. If you custom made a sofa in Singapore, the price starts from $2490 onwards. Ask for over stocked fabrics and you may even get a better price.

Whatapps photos of your sofa and size to (+65 90305057 , Vince ) you can speak directly to us or email: info(at) to discuss your order. We don’t have call centres or customer service departments, you speak directly to the people making your sofa.

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Note: If you are a new customer, and you need the upholster to do home visit, a SGD $40 will apply for upholstery services. However, this amount can be reimbursed once you have made the deposit. For existing customers, fees may be waived.

Do make an appointment to visit us at our workshop where you can see hundreds of fabric samples and the workshop. Whatapps now at +65 90305057. Cheers 🙂

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