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Why you should reupholster old furniture

You have a sofa that you've been sitting on for years and now, the fabric is ripped, dirty and worn out. Yet, it's your favourite couch and you left with two questions: Should you purchase a new sofa? Or, reupholster it? Tricky, right?

When it comes to reupholstering any item of furniture, consider the quality of furniture and its sentimental value before deciding. A new couch or chair might cost less than reupholstering but not last as long as older, quality furniture.

Here are a few factors to take into consideration before make the right choice:

1. Quality of the furniture piece: If the furniture piece is still sturdy with a quality frame, keep it. Old furniture is built better and frames can last up until 10 to 15 years. Only replace a couch or sofa if the frame is damaged. If the frame remains strong, reupholstering gives you a chance to restore your couch with more control over the look and shape of the cushions, patterns and colour.

2. Cost comparison: Reupholstering an item can cost you more than purchasing a new sofa or chair; depending on the labour and fabric required. For example, to reupholster an arm chair will cost about R1750,00 and requires at least 6 to 8 metres of fabric whereas purchasing a new chair chair will cost about R3500,00 excluding any fabric. Whether the cost of reupholstery is worth it, it depends on the quality and sentimental value of the furniture.

For all your curtain or upholstery inquiries, please contact our store which stocks a wide range of the latest trends:

Constantia Curtains: 021 761 9648 or simply email us at

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