I need an … upholsterer

December 29, 2013
Third + Grace sources and upholsters one-of-a-kind vintage furniture. (Third + Grace)
Third + Grace sources and upholsters one-of-a-kind vintage furniture. (Third + Grace)

That estate-sale score would look swell in your den, if only it weren’t covered in ’70s paisley velvet. Fortunately, reupholstery isn’t as expensive as you might think. Prices can start as low as $100 (plus fabric) for a stool. You can even DIY. Here are resources for spiffing up that sofa.

Third + Grace
thirdandgrace.com
Nicole Crowder re-covers chairs, stools and benches (starting at $185). She’ll pick up and drop off in Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia, and she has a selection of already redone furnishings ready to go.

Urban Castle Interiors
urbancastlesolutions.com
Husband-and-wife team Paul and Nicole Carter run a custom reupholstery shop out of their Rockville home. Seasoned pros, they’ll give you tips on choosing colors, and they offer pick-up and drop-off for a small fee. They also give quotes via email; just send a snapshot. Prices range from $80 to fill a floor cushion to $1,000 or so for a simple sofa.

Cushion Source
cushionsource.com
Enter cushion measurements into the calculators on this e-boutique, choose from 1,000 fabrics (including lots of weatherproof ones), and about three weeks later, you’ll be sitting pretty. Prices start at around $50 for a pillow and $400 for a set of outdoor loveseat cushions.

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G Street Fabrics
Several local stores; gstreetfabrics.com
For brave DIY souls, G Street offers classes on topics as simple as pillow-making (one session, $49) and as complicated as complete chair rehab (six to eight sessions, $279).

‘Spruce’
By Amanda Brown ($35, Storey)
Amanda Brown upholsters sofas and chairs for a living in Austin, Texas. Her new book shows how you can, too, detailing topics from fabric to tufting. Images show that, yep, re-covering is labor intensive, but Brown’s step-by-step instructions may inspire you to take up a staple gun.

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