The Art of Upholstery: A Worthwhile Investment

A close up of a coil of black welting on top of black and beige fabric.

Upholstery is an age-old craft that transforms your furniture into unique pieces of art. But beyond its aesthetic appeal, upholstery offers a host of benefits that make it a worthwhile investment over buying new furniture.

Sustainability and Durability

Upholstery is a champion of sustainability. Instead of discarding old furniture and contributing to landfill waste, upholstery breathes new life into worn-out pieces. The EPA estimated that the generation of textiles in 2018 was 17 million tons. By choosing to reupholster, we can help decrease this number.

Reupholstered furniture is built to last. Modern furniture is mostly constructed with cost and time, not quality and durability, in mind. It is constructed with cheap materials that are not meant to last. Think particleboard instead of hardwood. If you run your hand along the back or side of your modern couch, it feels as if there is nothing but air behind the fabric. This leads to a quick demise when your pet’s claws cut the fabric. Or your child crashes into the end of the couch, with a toy in hand. With minimal support behind the fabric, it can be impossible to repair. this leads to more shopping and added costs for replacements.

On the other hand, reupholstered vintage furniture lasts much longer. The frame of the vintage piece was constructed to last. Experienced upholsterers like Green Zipper Upholstery, use quality support methods, fill and fabrics.

Craftsmanship and Design Potential

Upholstery is a testament to skilled craftsmanship. In our workshop, each piece is handled with care and mindfulness. Upholstery offers unlimited design potential. This customization provides the opportunity to update your vintage or antique furniture in whatever style suits your needs and design wants. We take the time to help you pick a fabric that you will love and be happy with for years to come. During the fabric consultation, don’t be surprised if we encourage you to “keep looking” through sample books until you find something that you can get excited about! Think of your reupholstered furniture as artwork- functional and durable gems that you invest in, to enhance your space.


While the upfront cost of reupholstering may be higher than buying new, you will save in the long term. You won’t need to replace it as often as new furniture. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there is unlimited design potential. There is no need to replace all of your existing décor, like curtains and area rugs, to suit the limited selection available in low cost mass-produced new furniture.

It’s a sustainable, durable, and cost-effective solution that allows you to express your unique style. So, before you consider buying new furniture, think about the value that upholstery can bring to your home.

Click here to read more about the reupholstery process with Green Zipper Upholstery, and to request an estimate.