Fabrics & Trimmings
SLIPCOVERS / REUPHOLSTERY
Calico offers endless ways for you to customize your rooms and furniture. Two simple ways to bring new life to old furniture is through the use of Calico's services for Slipcovers and Reupholstery.
Custom slipcovers can change the look of a room instantly and extend the life of
your upholstery. You can express a different style or color palette easily, and then change it back again, if desired.
When the kids are home for summer, slipcovers are ideal. You and your furniture
can be as relaxed as they are. Slipcovers are also wonderful for vacation houses and rental homes.
Top Ten Slipcover Tips
Slipcovers are often less expensive than reupholstery, however, slipcovers require extra
fabric for securing them to the furniture. Calico stores can provide better estimates when they know more about your furniture and fabric.
The following are "ballpark" estimates and do not factor in the additional fabric
needed for pattern repeats:
These estimates assume that the slipcover will be made with self-welting and a
skirt. Separate estimates can be provided for contrast welting.
A good reupholsterer can give furniture new form, take out dated details and give you back a piece of furniture that's better than new. Springs are replaced and
retied. Fillings are renewed and the frame reinforced. That's why the cost of reupholstery is often close to the price of new furniture. Whatever you choose, the cost of the fabric will be the same.
When is it Worth Reupholstering?
When you love it.
Your furniture has a history that can't be bought: the first piece of furniture you
bought in your marriage or a wing chair that belonged to your grandfather. If a piece has sentimental value, it's worth recovering.
When it has a good frame.
If your furniture has a sturdy hardwood frame, it's worth reupholstering. Expensive antiques may be reupholstered dozens
of times. But if it was inexpensive when first purchased, it may not be worth recovering.
When it can be updated to your taste.
Good upholsterers can update a piece of furniture. They can create a longer skirt,
remove tufting or channeling or plump and soften a piece that is too hard-edged — all according to your taste.
When it will cost less than purchasing a new piece of furniture.
Reupholstery isn't cheap — but it may be less costly than buying new furniture.
CHOOSING THE PERFECT FRAME
MEASURE FOR FURNITURE