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Reupholstering Old Furniture – What and Where to Buy Raw Material For Sofa?

Updated on March 11, 2010
Reupholstered sofa - Isn't it looks new.
Reupholstered sofa - Isn't it looks new.

It's 2010 and you have got bored of your old furniture and would like to reupholster the old furniture with new looks and designs. So let’s start over with reupholstering your outdated sofa. In this article, you will learn what raw material is required for reupholstering a sofa and where to buy raw material for your sofa.  In order to reupholster sofa, first of all you need an estimate that what will be the cost of reupholstering sofa and whether it comes in your budget? If you want to reupholster a very old sofa, the cost of reupholstering will be much more than reupholstering a not so old sofa because in old sofas, all the material would have been become useless due to constant wear and tear and for sofa older than 8 to 10 years or more, it is highly advisable to only keep their base and reupholster them totally. For sofas such like mine which was less than 5 years old, you do not need to spend so much money and actually you will save approximately 50% if you will reupholster a sofa of that age. Now let me tell you what is the material required for reupholstering sofa and where to buy the sofa upholstering material from.

Material required for reupholstering a sofa:

  1. Sofa fabric or cloth: For a seven seater sofa, 20 meters and for a five seater sofa, 17 meters.
  2. Jute canvas: 9 meter that will be enough for both.
  3. Fancy ribbons or doris – 25 meter
  4. Hardware Nails 2 No.- 500 gm.
  5. Nails without head – 100 gm.
  6. 2 inch nails – 250 gm.
  7. Fevicol foamfix – Perfect adhesive for foam or if it is not available in your area than you can buy any other foamfix adhesive.
  8. 7 sheets of cardboard.
  9. P.U. puf foams for sofas – 10 inch sheets.
  10. Two pair of scissors.
  11. Two hammers – One small - one big.
  12. Other hardware tools.
  13. One inch tape to measure fabric required to cut according to shape.

Where to buy raw material for reupholstering sofa?

As in my case:

  1. I purchased sofa fabric for my seven seater sofa from Chandni Chowk Cloth Market in New Delhi, India. The sofa fabric there ranges from 165 INR per meter to 1000 INR per meter or more. I didn’t try for more expensive ones because it was out of my budget. So I bought 360 INR per meter of sofa cloth from that market and it was 20 meters, so the price comes to around 7200 INR or approximately 160 $US according to today’s market rate. If you are in US, here is a link to a site which has provided a lot of addresses and contact numbers of sofa reupholstering shops in USA.
  2. I purchased other raw material like hardware nails, jute canvas, fancy ribbons and doris, foamfix, cardboard, and foam sheets from Dev Nagar, Karol Bagh, New Delhi. If you are in other part of world, you can search for local hardware stores on google in your area searching for terms like for example if you are in living in London, then you can search decorative home furnishings and supplies in London, Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers in London, Draperies and drapery fabrics in London, cotton Reupholstery Drapery in London, and upholstery stores in London, Broadwoven Fabric Mills in London, Reupholstery and Furniture Repair shops in London, Sewing, Needlework, and Piece Goods Stores in London.

So the approximate cost of reupholstering a seven seater sofa set comes to around 160 dollars for the cloth fabric + 200 dollars worth of hardware material and other raw material required for reupholstering a sofa as mentioned above which equates to 360 $US in India might be around 420 dollars in USA. Don’t you think this is cheap enough for reupholstering a sofa as if you will go ahead for buying a new sofa, the cost will be anywhere between 1000 $US to 2500 $US or more. Plus one more thing, the sofa you will get upholster on your own will be much more better, stable, and strong that a new sofa set available in the market because sofa manufacturers use cheap quality raw material when making sofas.

So this article was just about what and where to buy raw material for your sofa and in my next hub, I will provide step by step instructions on how to reupholster a sofa.


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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks bladesofgrass, plus doing all these things on our own provides inner satisfaction and builds self confidence. Also, our kids learn from us and become capable of doing multiple things.

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      8 years ago from The Fields of Iowa

      I love making old things new again. Whether it's simply adding a fresh coat of paint or adding new fabric. Thanks for all the information. :)

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much shanel for your expert review on upholstering and reupholstering.

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      9 years ago from Seattle

      You did a really thorough job of describing your upholstering efforts. Nice hub.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Tracy Monroy for your excellent advice on what to do with old furnitue.

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      Tracy Monroy 

      9 years ago

      Agreed completely. You can definitely save a ton by just buying the fabric and finding someone to reupholster it. Search locally at garage sales, ebay, craigslist,etc. It is much more fun to have a legitimate vintage piece reupholstered than a wannabe 1960's piece you can find at the same price at Ikea.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's pleasure ladylux. I agree with your statement that today's furniture or raw material used in the furniture is nowhere in quality when compared to a few years ago. The quality of material has dipped down due to cost cuttings and economical crisis and also adulteration.

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      9 years ago

      Today's furniture isn't made as well as it used to be. Two of my prized pieces of furniture I reupholstered using the old fabric as my pattern. They are sturdy and unique and very, very comfortable! Surprisingly, they didn't take long to do either. Thanks for the excellent hub!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Vernica, Wife Who Saves, and beebong for your comments and feedback.

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      9 years ago from UK


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      Wife Who Saves 

      9 years ago

      I reupholster my grandmother's reading chair, a channel-back chair, from the 1920's. A lot of money can be saved by doing the work yourself. Thanks for a great hub.

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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I think reupholserting is the way to go, I've just never been very good at it.


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