Is there such a thing – the answer is yes! This is the first of a 3 part series on affordable tips and tricks for a well-designed space.
I want to start with upholstery furniture. Other than remodel costs to change the structure of your rooms, the next major cost to transform your home is normally the purchase of new large upholstery pieces such as sectionals, sofas and chairs.
One of my favorite ways to save money for my clients is to re-use existing pieces. For example, if you have a comfortable chair with a solid frame and sturdy springs I often suggest re-upholstering it. I use reputable upholsterers who review the cushions and often replace them if needed. They refinish any exposed wood that may be scratched or faded. I also provide the upholsters with updated fabrics to coordinate with the new design theme. All of these actions can significantly save you money. A new, high quality club chair can easily cost $2500 to start but re-upholstering an existing piece can be $1000 depending upon the final fabric choice.
If my clients do not have any existing pieces, I often search local thrift stores. I have often found beautiful high quality pieces that just need some updating. A change in the color of the wood and new fabrics can transform older sofas and chairs that you were ready to sacrifice to the land fill.