How much to reupholster my couch and…do I need it?

The eternal sofa struggle: to reupholster or to opt for slipcovers? This guide unveils the answers, approximate costs, and insider tips to help you make an informed decision about reviving your couch. From reupholstery expenses to the cost-efficient slipcover alternatives, let’s explore the options and factors influencing your choice.

The Cost of Reupholstery:

Angi reports that the national average cost to reupholster a couch in the USA ranges from $600 to $4,000. The breakdown includes costs for different types of sofas, transportation, fabric, workmanship, and cleaning.

Loveseat: $600 – $2,000

Sectionals: $2,000 – $4,000

Ottoman: $300 – $700

Chaise lounge: $900 – $1,500

Transportation, upholstery fabric, workmanship, and cleaning are additional factors influencing the overall cost.

DIY Reupholstery:

For the adventurous DIY enthusiasts, reupholstering your couch on your own is a more budget-friendly option. Estimated costs include tools for hammering, stapling, and sewing, ranging from $50 to $200, plus the fabric cost per yard. A standard 2-seater DIY reupholstery job using a medium-range fabric can cost around $800.

Slipcovers: A Cost-Efficient Alternative:

For those seeking a more budget-conscious solution, slipcovers present a viable option. The costs of producing sofa slipcovers are considerably lower than reupholstering or buying a new sofa.

Standard 2-seater slipcover: $239 (Everyday Weave fabric)
Sectional slipcover (e.g., Kivik 5-seater): $799 (Brushed Cotton fabric)

Our slipcovers offer various advantages, including a 60-day guarantee, fabric warranties, and skin-friendly options with OEKO-TEX certification.

When to Choose Slipcovers or Reupholstery:

Opt for Slipcovers When:

1. Your sofa fabrics are old or frayed, but the sofa structure is still comfortable.
2. You’ve just bought a new sofa and want to preserve its longevity.
3. Frequent washing is necessary, especially with kids or pets.
4. Sentimental value is attached to your sofa.

Choose Reupholstery When:

1. The sofa isn’t comfortable, and cushions are challenging to change.
2. Couch cushions have holes or perforations.
3. The sofa’s design impedes slipcover creation.

Slipcovers for Upholstered Sofas:

Yes, slipcovers are an option for upholstered sofas. Comfort Works offers custom slipcovers, subject to limitations. Check their guidelines or contact them to determine slipcover compatibility for your sofa.

Whether you lean towards the craftsmanship of reupholstery or the flexibility of slipcovers, this guide equips you with the knowledge to decide based on cost, practicality, and personal preferences. Transforming your sofa becomes a well-informed journey with these insights.

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