Ok…I gotta be honest, upholster and affordable, generally do not go in the same category. Many people are surprised to find that it costs about the same price to buy a new couch as it does to reupholster one. With that being said…much of the vintage furniture is very well made and has a great shape. Or there may be a spot in your home that needs a perfect fabric that you have found. These times call for a re-upholsterer. In many cases you may be willing to spend the extra money, but if it is a small spot in your home and you are a budget shopper here are some things to keep in mind when searching craigslist for something to have recovered in your favorite fabric…
1. Many upholstery places charge about $50 a yard (that’s a good deal). This means if it will take 5 yards to recover your chair you are looking to pay $250 plus fabric for it.
2. Loose cushions are good! A loose cushion can have a new cover made for less then $25. The majority of people that sew can make a cushion cover, especially if they have an old cushion cover to use as a pattern.
3. Look for small attached areas on the piece. Small= less yardage.
Here are a few examples of some chairs and sofas that would be very
affordable (less then $100) to customize.