So your office furniture is starting to look a little worn or dated. Does that mean it’s dumpster-bound? Or could you salvage it—or even elevate it—through a Toronto office furniture reupholstery service? Or could you save even more by reupholstering it yourself?
This week, we are taking a look at the pros and cons of reupholstery when it comes to office furniture, helping you to make an informed decision on the best choice for updating your office furniture.
We’re going to ignore the obvious—that reupholstered office furniture looks better than pre-reupholstered furniture—and focus more on the reasons that would weigh in the decision of “reupholster or replace”:
While reupholstery is never a ‘bargain-basement’ type of option, when it comes to higher-quality items such as couches and executive chairs, reupholstery is often considerably less expensive than completely replacing them.
When reupholstering a piece, you have a unique opportunity to take creative license with the materials. Using colours that match your business and branding, and by working in creative accents, you can make a piece that is truly eye-catching, uniquely yours, and considerably more impressive than something pulled from a catalogue.
Again, there’s no rule saying you can’t change up the materials. You can upgrade for durability, comfort, aesthetics, or maintainability, switching out softer fabrics, scotch-guarded materials, fake leather, real leather, or any other material that suits your needs.
While many of the cons are situational, they should certainly be taken into consideration, particularly if you’re planning on handling the project yourself:
For a professional-quality reupholstery project, you need an extensive knowledge of carpentry and tailoring, as well as a host of specialized tools, and a whole lot of time.
While these are rolled into the cost of professional office reupholstery, it’s very common for the DIY types to decide to reupholster themselves to save some money without realizing just how much goes into doing it right.
The decision to reupholster is often the result of damage to the surface fabric. However, if you’re doing it yourself, you may miss the core cause of the damage: furniture is often a haven for mold or pests which can be difficult to notice unless you’re familiar with the warning signs.
There are also a host of signs of material degradation that one needs to look out for, such as rotting wood or wearing and warping of metal components.
Again, the safest bet is always to have your reupholstery conducted by professionals.
If you’re dealing with inexpensive or discount furniture, it’s very possible that it would simply be cheaper to replace the unit rather than to reupholster. After all, professional reupholstery is an extremely time and labour-intensive procedure that requires highly skilled labour to do properly. If you’re not sure if it would be worth the expense, most upholsterers would be able to give you a ballpark estimate over the phone.
We’ll help you find the Toronto office furniture reupholstery specialists that are best suited to your furniture, as well as taking care of the transportation and re-installation. Contact us to book an appointment today.