Upholstery Start to Finish: Flexsteel Sofa

A common question is if upholstery is worth it. Why not just go out and buy a new piece? Quality furniture is a significant investment. When you find the perfect piece to fit a room or your life, it’s worth it to upholster it rather than replace it when it starts to look dated or worn. That was the case with this Flexsteel sofa purchased in the early 1990s. The owner still liked it, but wanted a more modern look, so she got in touch with Cedar Island Sewing and Upholstery.

Start to Finish: Flexsteel Sofa

The process starts by stripping it down to its frame – upholstery foam, batting, and springs. At Cedar Island, we are very conscious of cost and the environment, so if the inner materials are still in good shape, we save and reuse them. If they’re worn or broken, we repair and replace.

Couch frame

The couch’s new upholstery begins to take shape with seat decking and arms done. The upholstery fabric for this project is a durable two-tone pattern with a large paisley-style repeat. If you select a patterned fabric for your project, you’ll usually need a bit more yardage to allow for pattern matching.

Upholstery in progress

With the addition of back cushions, we’re almost done.

Upholstery in progress

And, with the seat cushions in place, we’re done and have a completely new look for an old couch. (If you have an eye for detail, notice the pattern centering and matching across the front and back cushions.)

Finally, the couch is back at home.