So the old friend has tattered corners, cat scratches, and the deck is torn…. So, I can’t deny there is something special about the old couch and the way it fits when you lay on it, BUT – is it the best choice to recover it?
Maybe. Here’s the economic reality: You probably buy a new one for half or even 1/3 of the cost of upholstering it. The main factors determining the upholstery cost are labor costs and fabric costs, but there are also the hidden issues – integrity of the frame’s wood, suspension, joints, and cushion foam quality.
Here is how I would recommend to assess: If it has high sentimental value you just can’t put a price tag on it - OK, recover it. If you just need another place to sit, go shopping before you bring the piece in for an estimate, that way you have an idea of what it will cost to replace and you can then do a comparison before deciding. We will definitely need to see the piece before giving an estimate, and it will only be an estimate until we have it broken down and the frame/suspension is visible. It’s not a bad idea to email us pictures from various angles, it just may save you a trip down!
BTW: This applies even more so to recliners, and dining room or kitchen table chairs/barstools!