fabric sofa, upholstery, living room
Design: E&A Interiors

We usually want to prolong the life of items we like, such as clothes that we bother to mend. The same goes for furniture.

If you still love the shape and design of your sofa, then go ahead and reupholster it! You’ll still have a piece you love, but it’ll be updated for that new look you’re planning for the space.

If it’s not something you love, then buying a new sofa is often worth the additional cost, says Chloe Elkerton, the founder and director of E&A Interiors.

“New fabric can work wonders on a piece that has a great shape. However, you need to think about the amount of fabric you require and also the condition of the seat and back cushions – do these need to be refilled, and do the legs or base need to be revarnished?

Work out all the costs before asking yourself if it
is a piece you will really love, and will be able to use for
 a long time.