Frequently asked Questions

What is the difference between RECOVERING and REUPHOLSTERING?

Recovering  can be done on furniture that is in good condition and just needs a fresh new fabric on the outside.

Reupholster  is done if a piece needs internal work, such as: new webbing, springs re-tied or replaced, new filling, new cushion inserts, or frame repair.

What is the difference between REUPHOLSTERY and RESTORATION?

Reupholstery is the removal of old fabric, padding and sometimes support systems and replacing with new modern materials and techniques.

Restoration also involves removing original fabric, padding and sometimes support systems. But instead of replacing with modern materials,  traditional materials and traditional techniques are used. Often this requires replacing the tacks in the original tack holes if it is a valuable piece. The work to restore is much more complicated and time consuming adding to the value of the work. 

When it comes to antiques, carefully consider whether the piece is one of value and designed by someone notable. If it is, you should consult a reputable antique restoration professional and not just reupholster it. Modern reupholstery can decrease the value dramatically. 

On the other hand if the antique is not necessarily a rare and valuable work of art then reupholstering may increase its value depending on the type and quality of the materials used.

For antiques not needing restoration, using high quality, modern materials along with traditional techniques you’ll get results that are even better than the original.

 

Does it cost more to reupholster or buy new?

This is one question that does not have an easy answer.  It all depends on the quality of the piece you are considering.  If the frame is made of hardwood and has held together for more than 10 years, chances are that finding a comparable quality piece new is going to be close to the same cost as reupholstering, if not more.  However, a piece that is professionally reupholstered is often of higher quality than a new piece.  As a result you will save money over time and enjoy your custom piece for many years.

How can I tell if a frame is good quality?

Good quality frames are made of hardwood and is held together with dowel pins, wood blocks, or screws. They hold the frame tight for a long time. If and when they loosen, they’re easily firmed up or repaired.

A poorly built frame is made of engineered lumber* and held together with metal straps and staples. These pieces are not worth the cost of reupholstery simply because they will not last more than a few years.

An easy way to find out is to turn the piece on its back and partially remove the dust cover from the bottom and take a peak. You should be able to see what it is constructed of.  If you are still not sure we would be happy to take a look for you.

*Teal Tomorrow Upholstery does not reupholster furniture that is made of engineered lumber, otherwise known as OSB or Particle Board.

Should I Reupholster or Slipcover?

Slipcovers are a good choice if the fabric is faded, shows wear or if you just want a new look. If your furniture needs spring replacement or re-tying, frame repair, or new padding and cushions, then you should choose to reupholster.

Do you offer all natural upholstery?

Yes. We are now offering all natural and certified organic upholstery materials. Fabric is limited and we are searching for more suppliers. 

What Are the Benefits of Reupholstering?
  • With thousands of fabrics and decorative trims to choose from, together we can create a piece that is uniquely yours.
  • A vintage or antique piece most likely is of higher quality than most factory made furniture today. The proof is that it held up to many years of use already and can be made to withstand many more.
  • Eco-friendly – By reupholstering it keeps furniture out of landfills. 
  • Supports the local economy. 
Is natural and organic upholstery more expensive?

Unfortunately organic materials does cost more. However, the upholstery process is same so the labor cost remain the same. 

Do You Sell Fabric or Should I Bring My Own?

Teal Tomorrow has thousand of fabrics to choose from. Purchasing from us insures that we have the right amount of fabric from the same lot to complete your piece. A warranty against defects is also provided if purchased from us. This is a protection for both of us.

Bringing your own fabric often brings unforeseen issues such as not enough yardage to finish the piece, or if there is a defect in the fabric we would be unable to have it replaced. It may not be the right type or weight of fabric for your project and will not look as good as it could or it may not be usable on your piece.

We will help you choose the right type and style of fabric for your project.

How do I get an estimate?
  1. The first thing you will need to do is take high resolution pictures of the piece and send to est@tealtomorrow.com
  2. It would be helpful to include measurements  (length, height and depth)
  3. Tell us what condition it is in. Is the frame tight or is it loose? Does it need repairs that you know of?

Even with more details we can only offer a ballpark estimate. The actual price will vary depending on age, condition, repairs and materials needed.

Fabric, foam and trims are priced separately. 

Due to Covid 19 we are not doing in-home/office estimates. We have a nice selection of sample that you can view on-line, and we can have samples sent directly to you. Or, you my come in to our office and browse our sample books. (face mask or shield is required) By appointment only.

 

Do You Offer In-Home Consultations for Furniture Reupholstery?

At this time we are not doing in-home consultations due to Covid 19. The health and safety of our staff as well as our customers and their families is our highest priority.

Do You Pick-Up and Deliver?

Yes, we will arrange a date and time that is convenient for you.

All pick up and deliveries are priced based on distance and size of vehicle needed. 

Please have furniture easily accessible. We will always wear mask and practice distancing.

If you have a question that is not answered here please send a message to info@tealtomorrow.com