Reupholster or Toss? Fine Furniture Dilemmas

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Fine Furniture

Fine furniture is built to last a lifetime, and with the proper care, you may never need to do more than update its upholstery.

In some situations, however, it can be difficult to determine whether a specific piece or set is worth the effort.

Ask yourself these questions if you’re torn between trying to fix a piece of furniture or choosing a new piece to replace it:

  • Are we talking about furniture that has history?
  • Has it been in your family for generations?
  • Do you attach great sentimental value to it?
  • Does it fit with your home’s décor?
  • Do you love the style so much that you would choose a new one just like it?
  • Does its size and scale fit perfectly in your home?

If the answer to one or more of these questions is no, you may want to rethink bothering to reupholster the piece.

Evaluate the Condition

If the piece passes the I-can’t-live-without-it test, consider its current condition.

Although most fine furniture can be repaired and restored, sometimes the war simply can’t be won (or it’s not worth trying).

Does the piece smell musty, moldy or smoky? If so, you may never be able to rid your furnishings of this odor. It may also signal some hidden damage. If mold has permeated the wood, it may be doomed.

The more work you’ll need done to restore the piece’s appearance and condition, the more time, money and effort the restoration will take.

If the frame is wobbly or damaged, it’s worth a revamp only in the most extreme circumstances.

Take a Hard Look

If you love your furniture but it simply looks old, dingy or tired, it may be worth it to explore some options for cleaning or replacing the fabric.

On the other hand, if it’s torn, worn or you really dislike the upholstery pattern or color, it’s time to move on to the next phase. And here’s where it can get tricky!

Would a new color, pattern or fabric make you love it?

If not, face facts: Life is too short to live with ugly furniture. Sell it online, donate it to a worthy cause or give it to a family member or friend who might appreciate it.

If you make the decision to purchase new furniture rather than trying to make your old pieces over, visit Guild Hall Fine Furnishings. Our beautiful Salt Lake City showroom is full of distinctive pieces, accessories and lighting fixtures. Our professional interior design staff can help you select fine furniture that you’ll really love.