Starting an Upholstery Project

When starting a Project like the new Upholstery for a chair, sofa or love-seat, we like to discuss a couple of items with our Customers. Below we listed the most important ones, to help you in working with us.

Frame of Furniture

It is probably not obvious what needs to be glued, clamped and tightened up on a furniture frame till all the fabric comes off. We allway make small repairs as a courtesy, but if it is more of a major job we will let you know about the additional costs involved for the frame repair.

Spring tying or replacement

Almost every chair, sofa has springs (mostly the better quality), it can be that they have come unsprung or need replacing. In any upholstery jobs of ours we will automatically retie springs and replace bent springs before they get started to get bad. A peek under the front of the chair seat or sofa reveals most of the time threadbare burlap and untied springs. Again if it involves more work it will be a small up charge for the work. Especially most of the time the webbing becomes briddle and needs replacement and all the springs need to be set up new again and handtight for a perfect fit.


We always have a thorough discussion about your fabric. If your fabric will be shipped through the customer we will call when it arrives, so you can go over each of your fabric directives. This is one point where we always try to be very specific about details.


Whether you want a fully upholstered chair, sofa or a simple dining chair, the fabric pattern needs to match up when we look at the finished piece from the front. We like to discuss with our customers about if there should be a specific fabric motif on the back, front or sides. If we have to mix fabrics, we will draw a picture to show where each part of the fabric pattern should go.


We will specifically ask our customer if they want want all-new foam, a Dacron- or down-wrapped cushion, or a complete down-filled cushion insert or a spring insert. The desired foam thickness is mostly a given. We will discuss with our customers the foam density and firmness required. Seats should be a higher density and definitly also firmer than the back cushions.

Please note there is an extra charge for new foam. We will always break it down in details so this does not get lost in the project, it can really add to the bottom line as foam is not cheap, especcially the one of better quality. We want you be be happy with how the cushions feel when you get your re-upholstered furniture back.

Style of Chair or Sofa

There are more than one way to finish the front arm panels on chairs, love seats and sofas. Mostly we prefer to upholster it the same way the original was done. If you would like to change the look please explain to us how you want the arm panels to look; bring photos or sketches so we understand each other. We will not change the style without written request.


If the sofa or chair has a traditional fabric skirt around the bottom and you’re ready to see more of the legs, please specify to us no skirt. The bottom edge may now need some cording, we will let you know. The legs will also need to look good now that the skirt’s been removed. There will be a charge for the work on the wood. You can add a skirt to be added to an unskirted piece, its all about style and preference. Last not least we would like to know if the furniture will sit on a carpet or a hardwood floor, and how high the bottom of the skirt to be off the floor. Again this is the customers preference.


If our customers want fabric-covered welt cording around certain areas of the furniture, please let us know. There are several ways to handle it with a fabric covered double welt or a premade braid trim, or a cording from a different material than the sofa or chair fabric.

Sides and backs

Chair, love seat and sofa sides and backs should have fabric and padding underneath the outside fabric panels. Please note that this is how we upholster our furniture.
Before attaching the outside fabric panels, there should be a base fabric that closes the hollows of the frame, with cotton or Dacron batting attached. When those layers are omitted, the outside arms and back are hollow and look flat and unprofessional. This is usually found on inexpensive new furniture and on really poorly upholstered pieces.