Here are some things to think about when deciding if it’s worth reupholstering a chair:

  • How old is the chair? Has it been regularly used? If the chair has lasted many years, chances are it is well made, and sturdy enough to last.
  • Is the frame solid, sturdy, and made from hardwood? When building high-quality furniture, manufacturers use hardwood for the frame and attach the joints using dowels and glue or screws. Inexpensive furniture usually has engineered wood and staples for the joints.
  • How much do you truly like the piece? If you love the style and cannot find a similar piece in a store, reupholstering is the way to go.
  • Is it a sentimental piece, or a family heirloom? You may just want to bring it back to life no matter what.

It is important to note here that there is a big difference between reupholstering furniture and simply recovering it.