How much will it cost to reupholster a vintage chair?

Why should I reupholster a vintage chair rather than buy a new one?

Reupholstering vintage chairs is a sustainable, exciting and rewarding process and one we love to take on with our clients. Many people are interested in the possibilities of reupholstery but are often intimidated by the process, choices, cost and time. Putting in the time and energy can be an investment but one that can beautifully and sustainably update your home. 

Let’s start at the beginning.

Revamp a much-loved piece of furniture 

We all have those pieces of furniture we just never want to get rid of. But years of use often cause chairs and sofas to sag or look tired. Rather than throwing it away, why not consider getting it reupholstered to give it a new lease of life. 

You might also have just bought a vintage chair that really appealed to you at an antiques fair or an auction, but you’d prefer it in a different colour or pattern.

Save furniture from going to landfill

Reupholstery is brilliant for sustainability and we encourage everyone to reuse and recycle as much as possible. So much reusable furniture is sent to landfill and we’re really against this throw-away culture of ‘fast furniture’ and the idea of interior trends changing so much we can’t keep up. Classic, well-made furniture will never go out of style and having something reupholstered enables you to update your furniture and avoid throwing it away because it no longer suits your tastes.

Update a chair’s colour or pattern

I can help you with key decisions such as fabric colour, material and pattern. We can look at the style of your room, existing furniture and interior schemes, and I’ll help find something that really brings your piece up to date with your tastes.

Make a long-term investment in your furniture

A reupholstered chair will last longer than any cheaper item you’ll buy on the high street. By repairing and investing in the furniture and the fabric, you’ll be able to use it for a lifetime.

Benefit from the skills of traditional craftspeople

Our upholsterers do a beautiful job of reupholstering your piece (a much better job than some of the original work we see that’s been made in a factory). Our trusted suppliers do their work by hand and have been honing their skills for many many years. They’re true experts in their field.

Upcycle an inherited piece of furniture

We often inherit pieces of furniture from family members or friends that can’t bear to part with pieces of their history. It’s an honour to have these pieces in our homes, but sometimes they just don’t fit with the furniture you already have in your house. Reupholstering a chair can be a great way of upcycling something to perfectly suit your tastes and treasure your family heirlooms. 

Change the style of your room

If you’ve recently repainted or rearranged your room, reupholstering a chair or sofa can be a quick and easy way of getting your furniture to suit you new colour scheme or wallpaper patterns.

What should I consider before getting my chair reupholstered?

What kind of quality is your chair? If it’s a more modern, lower quality chair, it might not be worth getting it reupholstered. They can sometimes have poorer quality frames and it probably won’t last for the many years you want it to. Give us a call if you’d like to discuss a project and we can chat about your options.

What will affect the price of the reupholstering?

The condition of your furniture

Are any repairs needed before recovering? Loose joints may need re-gluing, wooden seats and backrests may need replacing before covering in fabric, decorative bits might have broken off a wooden frame. You might need replacements for castors, footcups, and other furniture hardware springs or rubber webbing. We can give the wooden frame a general sand, clean and refinishing, although some customers like to leave an aged patina. 

This repairing service will be charged on top of the reupholstery itself, but is often a good idea if you want to restore the piece of furniture properly.

The size of your furniture

The size of the chair will determine the amount of meters of fabric you need. The bigger the item, the more expensive it will be.

The finishing touches

We can also include new zips, buttons and piping, or you might want new cushion pads for your seats.

How long will it take to reupholster my vintage chair?

This will depend on how big your piece of furniture is, how busy our upholsterers are and if your chosen fabric is currently in stock Reckon on a lead time of between 1 to 4 weeks . We will advise you at the time of ordering if it’s going to be longer.

It’s important that we don’t rush the research, brainstorming and idea sharing phase, but this can take a couple of phone calls or meetings and the time it takes to get fabric samples together for you to choose from.

All in all, you can expect your reupholstery to take around 2 to 4/5 weeks  weeks from making your initial inquiry to sitting back in your ‘new’ chair with a cup of tea.

How much will it cost to reupholster a vintage chair at Homeward?

Reupholstery costs depend on which fabric you choose, but we’ve listed our prices as a guide. 

Most fabrics we tend to use are between £45 and £95 per meter plus shipping costs. The prices quoted below are ballpark only and give you an idea based upon an average cost of fabric that is included below.


  • 3-seater sofa: £850 – £1200 
  • 2-seater sofa: £600 – £750 
  • Wingback chair: £695 – £850
  • Armchair with wooden arms: £350 – £600 
  • Dining chair (seat only): £75 
  • Dining chair (seat and back): £140 – £195
  • Ercol chair with loose pads: £150 – £350 
  • Ercol Easy Chair / Windsor: £350 – £500

How much fabric will I need?

If there is a pattern on your fabric, you might need an extra meter or two  for the pattern to match, but I’ll discuss this with you. 

For example, a wingback armchair will need 5 meters, an Ercol sofa will need 3-4 meters.

What should I consider before I choose the fabric for my reupholstery?

Your choice of fabric should be dictated by the use of the furniture. For example, if it’s high wear or high traffic, it will require a different type of cloth than a bedroom chair.

Which fabrics can I choose for my Homeward reupholstery?

We have a good selection of high quality British fabric suppliers to choose from at Homeward  We prefer to support made in the UK where we can and prefer suppliers of small ranges of distinctive and timeless upholstery cloth over suppliers of vast and ever changing collections.  

We hold accounts with Bute Fabrics, Camira, Ian Mankin, Linwood, Lewis & Wood, Melin Tregwynt, St Judes Fabrics and Thorody to name but a few and are careful  to sort through each fabric supplier’s collections to sift out natural fabrics, eco fabrics and ones holding eco labels. Sustainability is very much at the forefront of our minds as we guide customers with their choices.

How do I discuss my reupholstery project and ask more questions?

Send us an email or give us a call – we’d love to hear from you and can’t wait to see your new project. 


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