How to Determine if a Sofa Is Worth Upholstering

Reupholstering a sofa instead of replacing it can potentially save you money, but the cost isn’t usually the most important element of the decision. Hiring a good upholsterer can be almost as expensive as buying a new piece, so the things that make the job worth it are more personal — like the sofa’s sentimental value, suitability for your space and antique quality.

Furniture reupholstery also keeps the frame out of the landfill, making it the eco-conscious thing to do. If the sofa was cheap and low-quality to begin with, though, reupholstering it is probably a poor use of money.

  1. Check the Age of the Piece
  2. Determine whether the sofa is more than 10 years old. If you’re considering buying it at a yard sale or from a used furniture dealer, ask the seller about the history of the piece. Furniture built in the last 10 years is usually not sturdy enough to bother reupholstering, but older pieces are often better quality, says Vince Chiang of centrepiece furnishing. If it’s been in use for 10 to 15 years and isn’t falling apart yet structurally, that’s also a good sign.
  3. Determine How Sturdy the Sofa Is
  4. Shake the sofa by each arm and the back. Check whether it wobbles, rocks or feels unsteady. If so, it’s probably not a good enough sofa to reupholster. If it feels sturdy and well made, it might be a good candidate.
  5. Examine the Frame
  6. For the sofa to be worth reupholstering, the frame should be made of hardwood with relatively few knots, and the joints should be secured with dowels and glue rather than staples. If you’re not sure whether the frame is hardwood, remove all the cushions and try to lift the sofa. If it feels heavy for its size, it’s more likely to be high quality; if it feels light, the wood is probably not sturdy enough to keep.
  7. Check the Frame’s Springs
  8. Look at the springs in the frame. High-quality sofas have coiled springs tied with twine in an asterisk pattern across the platform. If the sofa has rubber panels instead of springs or springs in an “s” shape instead of coiled, the piece probably isn’t worth reupholstering. If you’re not sure whether the springs are coiled or you can’t see them, pat the underside of the sofa and feel whether the dust cover is stretched taut. A tight dust cover indicates good construction.
  9. Squeeze the Sofa’s Padding
  10. Press on the cushions and squeeze the padded arms and back of the sofa. If they feel squishy or compress easily, they’re probably made of low-quality foam, which makes reupholstering the sofa a poor investment. If they feel firm or lumpy, your upholsterer can work with the material to keep the sofa comfortable and useable.
  11. Review the Style
  12. The first question we recommend you ask yourself is “Do I like the style and quality of my sofa?” If it’s good quality but you’re on the fence about spending the money on reupholstering, ask yourself whether you’re likely to find another piece you like as much. Finding the perfect shape and size of sofa for your home can be challenging, so if you have it in front of you and it just needs some repairs and new fabric, reupholstering it is probably a good choice.

If you are in Singapore and is in need of an update for your couch, then contact us. The usual cost for reupholster/upholstery will start from SGD $950 and above for a 2 seater or SGD $450 and above for an armchair. If you custom made a sofa in Singapore, the price starts from $2600 onwards. Ask for over 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 $50 will apply for upholstery services. However, this amount can be reimbursed once you have made the deposit. For existing customers, fees may be waived.

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