Whether you’ve found a very interesting couch that needs a fabric change or has been eaten by moths, or you have an old couch yourself that needs some retouches, you could always look to get it reupholstered to make it look almost like a new one.
This brings us to this article’s most important question: Exactly how much does it cost to reupholster a couch? If instead, you want to reupholster a chair, be sure to read this article: Cost to reupholster a chair.
Don’t expect the price to be a low one, because depending on who you employ and what type of couch you need to reupholster, in the end, it could cost you a lot.
One important aspect is the size of your couch.
You need to figure out how many yards of your desired material you’ll need for the job. If you don’t know how to do this, you could always get it to a professional in reupholstery and get it appraised. They could give you an exact final cost or just an approximation of the material you’ll need for the job.
You can get a general idea of how much material you’ll need by using our basic guidelines from below:
- A very large couch – nearly 27 yards of fabric/$270 plus labor
- An average couch – approximately 23 yards of fabric/$239 plus labor
- A small sofa – around 19 yards of fabric/$190 plus labor
- A small loveseat – about 12 yards of fabric/$120 plus labor
The final cost of reupholstering a couch depends on exactly how complex the couch really is, because the harder someone will have to work for it, the higher the labor cost will get. You will be charged in any of the two ways, depending on who you employ. You can either pay by the hour, or you can be charged a fixed price for the whole job and expect calls only if something goes wrong or problems start to pop up.
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Another thing to prepare for, although it rarely happens, is to notice that your couch is very damaged below the visible material so they have to replace most of the cushioning or even its structure.
Usually a professional re-upholsterer will charge you at least $300 if not more, for the labor, but if you know a man for this job and you want to get an exact price, just ask him for an appraisal of your couch.
For a couch of average size, expect to pay close to $700. While figuring an approximate final cost, don’t neglect the type of material you want to use. As an example, silk or velvet will cost significantly more than linen. Also, have in mind that cheaper isn’t always better when it comes to the reupholstery professional you choose to work with.
Smaller couches could cost you close to $450 each to get then reupholstered, while larger ones can cost $1,000, or more. Don’t rely on these numbers and get your couch appraised before you employ someone to get it fixed, so you know exactly how much you’ll have to pay when the job is done.
A professional re-upholsterer should have years of experience and a great number of positive reviews, so be careful who you choose to work with.
Another way to check their skills is to ask for a portfolio of pictures with their previous projects. Don’t be shy because asking for pictures of their previous work isn’t rude.
Could the average Joe afford to reupholster a couch?
We say they could, it’s just a matter whether they want to go into such expenses or not. If the couch is very important to you, get it reupholstered. If not, there’s always the possibility to save money and buy a new one in a couple of months.