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Is Reupholstering Worth the Cost?

Cost of Reupholstery

Are you debating between replacing or reupholstering furniture in your home? If you’re furnishing a new space, or just considering a new piece of upholstered furniture, it’s worth considering the costs and benefits of reupholstering first.

You may have an older piece of furniture you bought 15-20 years ago or an antique that’s been in the family for generations. But how do you decide whether it is worth it to reupholster or to spring for a new sofa? There are many factors to consider in this process, but we’ll help walk you through the right decision for your furniture and home.

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Couch Re-upholstered?

If your piece is a family heirloom, an antique, or has sentimental value, investing in the cost of reupholstering can be the right decision; especially if the piece already fits perfectly in your collection. Older pieces often are built with better construction than furniture built in the last ten years. The cost of reupholstering and replacing the fabric and stuffing on a sofa can range from $1000-$3000 depending on the fabric used, the type of padding required, and if any reconstruction of the frame is necessary. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to find a new high-quality sofa in a store for less than $2000.

If your couch, chair, or sectional is falling apart, however, it may be time to replace. If you no longer love the style, or keeping the family heirloom isn’t valuable to you, you need to consider if reupholstering is worth it. Discuss the decision with your family and loved ones before tossing out any antiques or loved family furniture pieces.

Is Re-upholstery Expensive?

While the cost of reupholstering an individual couch cushion or pillow may not be that high (running closer to $50-$150), you may have sticker shock when it comes to reupholstering an entire sofa. However, there are many items that need to be dealt with, including frame and spring repair, re-stuffing the cushions, and replacing the fabric. Upholstery fabric can vary widely in cost, usually between $40-$70 per yard, but can be as much as $200 per yard. An average sofa needs 12-15 yards of fabric for reupholstering.

With all these factors, including labor, it’s easy to see how re-upholstery costs can run above $1000. Preserving and transforming quality furniture is often worth the expense over purchasing newer, disposable pieces.


At Aaron’s Touch Up’s Dallas studio, we have experience reupholstering all kinds of furniture pieces; from antiques to modern pieces and more. You can revitalize your furniture by reupholstering it, fixing the frame, re-stuffing cushions, or replacing decorative elements. You’ll once again have a piece of furniture with quality construction that looks like new. Fill out our form today and we’ll give you a free estimate on the cost of reupholstering your treasured pieces.