Frequently asked Questions

May I Bring My Own Fabric?
At Teal Tomorrow Upholstery, we prioritize fire safety regulations for all upholstered furniture, including slipcovers. To ensure compliance with nationwide fire codes, we no longer work with customers’ own fabric. However, we offer a wide range of fire-resistant fabric options to that allow for customization while adhering to safety standards and accommodating various budgets.
What is the difference between RECOVERING and REUPHOLSTERING?

Recovering furniture involves replacing the outer layer of fabric or material, while reupholstering furniture involves completely replacing the padding, springs, and fabric to give it a new look and feel.

What is the difference between REUPHOLSTERY and RESTORATION?

Reupholstery refers to the process of replacing the fabric or leather covering of furniture, while restoration involves repairing and renewing the entire piece, including its frame, joints, and finishing. While reupholstery may only involve cosmetic changes, restoration aims to return the furniture to its original condition, preserving its historical or cultural value.

What Are the Benefits of Reupholstering?

Reupholstering furniture can bring many benefits, such as extending the lifespan of your furniture, saving money compared to buying new pieces, and allowing you to customize the fabric and design to match your personal style. Additionally, reupholstering can also be more environmentally friendly than buying new furniture, as it reduces the amount of waste and resources needed to create new pieces.

Does it cost more to reupholster or buy new?

Whether it costs more to reupholster or buy new furniture depends on several factors such as the quality of the existing furniture, the cost of the new furniture, and the cost of the upholstery fabric and labor. Generally, reupholstering can be a more cost-effective option than buying new furniture, especially if the furniture is of high quality and has sentimental value.

How can I tell if a frame is good quality?

If you’re looking to reupholster a piece of furniture, it’s essential to assess the quality of the frame to ensure it’s worth the investment. There are a few key factors to consider when evaluating the frame’s durability and longevity.

First and foremost, examine the frame’s materials. Look for furniture made with solid hardwoods like oak, maple, or cherry, as these materials are more likely to hold up over time and withstand wear and tear. Avoid frames made with cheaper materials like particleboard or MDF, as they may not be sturdy enough to support new upholstery.

Next, inspect the joints. A good-quality frame will have sturdy joints, usually reinforced with dowels, screws, or corner blocks. In most cases these types of joints can be tighten if they are loose or wobbly. Frames that are stapled together will not hold up to reupholstering, slipcovering may be a better option for this type of furniture.

Consider the weight of the frame as well. Heavier furniture with wood frames is generally a sign of better quality, as they are likely made with denser, more durable materials. But don’t go by weight along, look inside by removing the dust cover under the furniture. OSB, particleboard, and MDF can be very heavy.

Finally, evaluate the condition of the frame’s finish. Over time, older furniture may have nicks or scratches in the finish, but a good-quality frame should still have a smooth, even finish. Check for rough spots or splinters that could indicate damage or weakness in the frame.

In summary, when reupholstering furniture, it’s important to assess the quality of the frame to ensure it’s worth the investment. Look for frames made with solid hardwoods, sturdy joints, a heavy weight, and a smooth finish. By paying attention to these details, you can make a more informed decision about the quality and longevity of the furniture you are considering reupholstering.

Should I Reupholster or Slipcover?

When it comes to giving furniture a fresh look, two popular options are reupholstering and slipcovering. Both methods can transform the appearance of a piece of furniture, but they have different advantages and considerations.

Reupholstering involves removing the existing upholstery and replacing it with new fabric. This process typically involves a skilled upholsterer, as it requires removing and reattaching the layers of padding and fabric. Reupholstering is a good option for furniture that has sentimental value, a unique shape or size, or high-quality construction. It can also allow for more customization, as the fabric can be chosen to match a specific decor style or color scheme. However, reupholstering can be a more expensive and time-consuming process than slipcovering.

Slipcovering involves adding a removable cover to furniture that can be easily removed and washed or changed out. Slipcovers come in a variety of fabrics and styles, from simple and casual to more tailored and elegant. Slipcovers are a good option for furniture that needs protection from wear and tear, spills, or pet hair. They can also be a more affordable and temporary solution for updating the look of furniture. Our slipcovers are made to fit snug and looks as polished as reupholstery, and are tailored in a way that require less frequent adjustments to keep them in place.

Ultimately, the choice between reupholstering and slipcovering will depend on personal preference, budget, and the condition and quality of the furniture. Both options can give furniture a new lease on life and help it blend seamlessly into any interior design.

Do you offer All-Natural upholstery?

Certainly. We are pleased to confirm that we currently provide an extensive range of all-natural and certified organic upholstery materials. Please note that due to limited fabric availability, we are actively seeking additional reputable suppliers to further enhance our offerings.

Is natural and organic upholstery more expensive?

When it comes to upholstering furniture, the type of fabric used can greatly impact the final cost. Natural and organic upholstery materials are becoming increasingly popular among consumers who prioritize sustainability and environmental consciousness. However, many wonder if these materials come with a higher price tag compared to their synthetic counterparts.

In general, natural and organic upholstery fabrics tend to be more expensive than synthetic options. This is due to a variety of factors, such as the production process, the sourcing of materials, and the demand for these sustainable alternatives. Natural materials like cotton, linen, and wool require more intensive farming practices and processing than synthetic fibers like polyester or nylon. Additionally, sourcing these materials from sustainable and ethical sources can also increase the cost.

That being said, the cost difference between natural and synthetic upholstery fabrics can vary depending on the specific materials and brands being compared. Some high-end synthetic fabrics can be just as expensive, if not more so, than natural materials. Ultimately, the cost of natural and organic upholstery fabrics may be higher, but for many consumers, the benefits of sustainability and environmental consciousness outweigh the added expense.

How do I get an estimate?

To get a reupholstery estimate from us, please provide us with detailed information about your furniture piece such as the dimensions, the type of fabric or material you would like to use, and any other relevant information. You can also send us photos of the furniture piece, and we will be happy to provide you with an estimate based on your specific requirements. Contact us through our website or give us a call, and we will guide you through the process.

Do You Offer In-Home Consultations for Furniture Reupholstery?

Yes, I do offer in-home consultations for furniture reupholstery with a modest fee that will be credited to your final invoice. However, payment is required at the time of consultation. This service allows me to better understand your specific needs and to provide you with more personalized recommendations for your furniture reupholstery project. Please let me know if you would like to schedule an in-home consultation.

Do You Pick-Up and Deliver?

Teal Tomorrow Upholstery offers convenient pickup and delivery services to streamline the process of revitalizing your furniture. We understand that each project is unique, which is why we base our pricing on factors such as mileage, size, number of pieces, and the location within the home or business. Our dedicated team will collaborate with you to determine the most cost-effective options for your project, while delivering exceptional service at every step of the way.


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