I plan to reupholster my living room sofas. I considered buying new sofas because the reupholstering cost is barely less than buying new. I visited some fabric shops to determine how long they would keep my sofas to cover them. I was told about 4-6 weeks. I could not give up my sofas that long (if i want to keep my husband).
I found a lady who will reupholster my sofas one at a time. She said that she will keep each sofa for about two weeks. Her price is much less than the fabric stores.This works for me.
I shopped for fabric in Mill End, Alexander Blank Fabrics and Calico Corners. In each shop I received wonderful customer service. In The Mill End, three ladies went through several books for about two hours to help me find what I wanted. No luck, but I really appreciated their great service. The Calico Corners’ ladies were helpful too. I worked with Jessica at Alexander Blank Fabrics. She even searched for fabric when I wasn’t there. I found fabric that I love thanks to Jessica.
During my search I learned a few tips. The first is, check the rub count for durability. The higher the count the longer it will last. Also, one hundred percent cotton is likely to fade in a sunny room, a blend is better. I will follow up with pictures of the finished sofas and information on my upholsterer.