Don’t forget the cost of supplies you will need to reupholster your chair or couch.
Your next costs will be the supplies used to reupholster your chair or couch. I always suggest that you tear your piece down to the bare frame. Why put in all this effort to reupholster and then leave the dirty old supports and padding underneath your brand new fabrics? Yuck!
Starting with a clean slate will give you a brand new, CLEAN and comfortable, reupholstered chair or couch that you can enjoy for many years to come. Also, who knows how much longer the original support will last if you don’t replace it.
Replacing the support systems is something you shouldn’t overlook
The first layer will be your support system. For this, you will want to use jute webbing. Jute webbing is very strong. I prefer the red stripe jute webbing for all my support areas.
If you have coil springs, you will also need a button tufting twine to hand sew the springs down to the webbing and spring tying twine (I use Ruby Italian Jute) to tie the tops of the springs. The twines you find in your local hardware store are not strong enough for this application.
Burlap will be used to go over the top of your springs in your seat and/or back and also over the webbing you will apply to your inside arms and backs. Now if you are reupholstering a couch be sure to increase the amount of supplies you will need vs reupholstering a chair (we always say in terms of reupholstering projects, a couch is just a long chair). I suggest measuring what you you remove when it comes to burlap and webbing so you are sure to purchase enough.