Good Questions: Should I Reupholster This Overman?

Good Questions: Should I Reupholster This Overman?

Maxwell Ryan
Mar 20, 2007

Hello AT,

Found this Overman sofa on the street and am thinking about recovering it but unfortunately, all the upholsterers I've spoke with have quoted prices that are way higher than what the couch is worth (based on a quick internet search). That said, I really like it and it's a great size for my apartment. I'd consider DIY, but I saw one that was not well done and it really ruined the sofa's nice lines. So my questions: is it worth saving, if so, can anyone recommend a good upholsterer in NY, and any thoughts about fabrics?

Thanks! SK

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Dear SK,

This is a perennial question and - unfortunately - due to the fact that our culture is more geared towards disposable consumption than repairing and collecting over time.

We'd say forget the "value" of the sofa and just decide whether you can afford to reupholster it, or if it's just crazy. If you do it, you will have a brand new and somewhat custom piece on your hands that YOU have helped bring back to life. That is very special and will give the sofa a whole new meaning. It should then last for a long time.

Here are a number of helpful links:
Upholstery Resources at MUG
Good Questions: Reupholster or Not?
Good Question: Should I Reupholster My Leather Chairs Myself?
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