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Reupholstery vs. Slipcovers

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Which is Best for Your Furniture?

Photographs by Margaret Blunt

Sometimes we have a piece of lackluster furniture in our home that we just can’t seem to part with. Maybe we love the size, maybe we love the detail, or perhaps it’s a family heirloom. Luckily, there are two solutions that can offer a facelift while maintaining the integrity of the furniture.

This client’s chair updated in an eye-catching woven diamond fabric is a perfect example of using reupholstery to showcase the original wood detail of the furniture. Upholstery offers a permanent recovering of all fabric and if ncecessary, the repair of the piece of furniture.

Slipcovers can be a more versatile and temporary solution, like putting together a new outfit that is tailor-made but still interchangeable.

 

While both offer the opportunity to update to your taste, here are some of the benefits of each:

Slipcovers Vs. Upholstery Blog Blue Sofa
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Upholstery

Showcasing Detail

Upholstery is best for pieces that have a lot of detail, like this heirloom sofa with its beautiful carved wood frame. Covering this piece in a soft white textured linen and adding the double welting along the outside back edges adds detail that defines and customizes this beautiful piece.

 

Update or Repair

If a furniture piece is older and needs structural repair or cushion replacements, upholstery is a better option. Our client liked the size of this love seat, but the cushions were stiff, uncomfortable, and looked a little tired. A change of fabric, removing the skirt and replacing the cushions updates this piece with an on-trend look.

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Margaret established Sew Beautiful in 2001 to feature her specialities of custom window treatments and soft furnishings for the home.

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