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Reupholstering An Antique Furniture Piece? 3 Tips

by Zack Gilbert

Whether you bought used at a yard sale or inherited from a family member, an antique piece of furniture can be a great addition to your home. Unfortunately, most antique furniture pieces are not in the best condition, meaning you may have to complete a few updates to ensure it aligns with your current décor and furnishings. Thankfully, upholstering an antique chair, sofa, or settee does not have to be an overwhelming task. Here are a few tips to consider when choosing fabric for your antique furniture.

Consider the Time or Not

One of the first factors to consider when choosing the fabric is the time when the chair was made. Certain fabrics, such as microfiber, were not used hundreds of years ago, so covering an antique chair in a modern fabric is not ideal – unless you want to add a bit of surprise to your décor.

Many people do choose fabrics and designs that are suited to the furniture's era. However, if you want to make a bold statement, think outside the original time and reupholster the piece using modern fabrics, colors, and patterns.

Consider the Function

Because certain fabrics are more durable than others, you should consider how the furniture piece will be used, as well.

If you are reupholstering a chair or settee that will act as an accent piece only, you can use less durable materials. Consider silk, for example, which is beautiful, but extremely delicate.

If you will be using the furniture piece as extra seating, opt for a fabric that withstands extreme wear and tear. Linen, cotton, and olefin are all great options to consider because they are incredibly durable, easy to clean, and available in a wide variety of colors/patterns.

Consider Room Design

If you were purchasing new furniture from an actual furniture store, you would take the overall look of your room into consideration when choosing new pieces. Therefore, you should consider your room's current design when choosing the upholstery for your antique furniture.

If your current décor is more modern, choose a modern fabric for your antique chair. A lush velvet in a deep royal blue or emerald green will make a great statement in a modern, contemporary living room.

If you have a rustic farmhouse design in your space, consider a fabric in a lighter colored linen, cotton, or burlap for your antique furniture piece.

The possibilities are endless when you choose to reupholster an antique piece of furniture. This guide will get you started choosing the right fabric and look with ease. Contact a company, like By The Yard, for more help.