What are the benefits of reupholstering furniture compared to buying new?

Furniture can easily get worn down from daily use, and when that happens, many people are quick to rush and purchase a brand-new piece, but that is not always the best option. Utilising a reupholstering service allows you to keep your furniture for years, but many feel it can be too much effort for too little reward. We have put together a summary of the key benefits found when you reupholster compared to buying new.


Reupholstering has one major benefit compared to buying new – it is the more environmentally friendly option. Most furniture in modern society is mass-produced, using unsustainable methods of production, and unsustainably acquired materials. Upholstering prevents your old armchair from ending up in a landfill, and your upholsterer will usually have their own way to recycle the fabric and materials taken from your old furniture that is not available in your everyday recycling.

Maintains value

Most furniture holds value. Whether sentimental or monetary, your furniture will mean something to you, and throwing that away for brand new can be difficult. Reupholstering, however, provides you with the ability to freshen up your tired and dated furniture, keeping with modern changes to your home without losing the steady comfort it has always provided. If it is an antique piece, changing the fabric can give the furniture a whole new lease of life without losing the value of the original piece.


Reupholstering your original furniture often means you have the freedom to craft a unique piece of furniture that is perfectly adapted to suit your needs. You can match the furniture to any room in your home, or you can choose the perfect fabric dependent on how much wear it will see or if you have children or pets. For example, at John Reed and Son, we are able to produce cushions to different densities or thicknesses depending on your preference, ensuring a comfortable fit from the start.


One of the biggest benefits of reupholstering your furniture is that it is convenient. It can take a lot of effort to find new furniture you like that matches your home, however, if you reupholster, the only challenge you may be presented with is deciding which fabric to use. Reupholstering allows you to keep the shape and style of furniture that you know you like. It is especially good for furniture that has been chosen to match a specific style or fit into a specific gap. Reupholstering means you have the freedom of creating a whole new look, without the hassle of searching or compromising on the comfort you like.


Upholstery can be an expensive business, however, that does not mean it is not cost-effective. Societies current trend toward mass-produced consumables often means they are made cheaply and not made to last. This can be true for many types of furniture; brand new sofas and armchairs are not as durable or as well made as older models. It is much more cost-effective to replace the upper-most layer of fabric compared to buying a whole brand new set every few years, as you are guaranteed quality fabric and workmanship.

Reupholstering your furniture can offer many benefits, including increased value, cost-effectiveness, and overall convenience. At John Reed & Son, all upholstery is done by hand, meaning meticulous care is taken to look after your piece and ensure you are left with the highest quality work possible. For more information on our reupholstery services get in touch on 01536 510584 or email us at enquiries@johnreedandson.com.