Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Reupholstering a Big Sofa

The time has come to reupholster our big sofa (90" Wide x 38" Deep) - both sides of all the seat cushions are threadbare, but the rest is in great shape and all the pillows are still stuffed and in good shape.  (sorry for the sideways photo)
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So, I called Versailles Drapery in mid-town for an estimate because they were highly recommended to me by the folks at George Smith (fancy furniture place - check it out: http://www.georgesmith.com).   Anyway, Versailles came back with an estimate of $3000 without new pillows and using my own material.
For a few days I fretted and figured I would just have to get rid of a perfectly good Henredon sofa with kiln-dried hardwood frame and eight-way hand-tied springs and down filled cushions... and then I remembered... there are other reupholsterers in NYC!!!
So I shot out RFPs to three more shops: Marc Tash (Brooklyn), Harry Zarin (Mhattn) and Brooklyn Mercantile (Brooklyn).
Tash came back at $1500-1600.  Zarin said $1500.  Bklyn Merc said $2000.  All the estimates were based on me bringing my own material and not needing cushions re-stuffed.  I am inclined to go with Marc Tash because they have been around a long time and they have a very good reputation for reupholstering.   
Though still a lot of moolah, $1600 seems very reasonable for the job.  The only problem is that upholstery fabric can cost an awful lot (especially the ones I seem to like most).  All three shops figured I would need about 22 feet of fabric.  So, it is time to start looking.

What do I like?
Well, I like this Fortuny fabric called Maori that goes for something like $300 per yard. (are they freaking crazy?)


What is it I like about this frabric?  Frabric?  Sounds better with a K.  Frabrick.  
I like the vivid blue.  I like that the color is shimmery.  I like that the design evokes more traditional upholstery designs but it is actually kind of crazy and busy and thrilling.
Whatever. Can't afford it.  More fabric ideas to come.  Feel free to post some frabrick ideas of your own.

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