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.