Many people ask,”what is the difference between re-upholstery and loose covers?” There is a big difference between the two types of furniture covering. In general you can tell the types of covers that you have by looking at some key pointers.
Loose covers can be totally removed from the furniture and either washed or dry cleaned. They commonly have a valance or a velcro’d under bottom edge on the body.
Upholstery will always have a fixed cover, sealed by a base cloth underneath. Consequently the term “Fixed covers” is commonly used within the trade.
There are certain types of furniture that are incredibly tricky to put loose covers on and therefore lend themselves more to re-upholstery. Most cushion covers will be removable which ever type of covers you put on the body.
It is hard to explain which furniture can or can’t be loose covered or who will or won’t like the finished result of loose covers. So there are a few questions that need to be asked before you even try to make a decision about which way to go.
Questions which include;
Is my sofa good quality? Can I find a new one? Do I love my suite?
Do I enjoy plumping cushions? Do I have time to fuss over my sofa and chairs every day?
Can I find someone to re-upholster my furniture?
Can I find some one to make loose covers?
Do I want to protect my suite?
Are my cushions attached to the body with zips? Does my suite have zipped on arm pads?
Is my suite suitable for loose covers or should my suite be re-upholstered?
Do I have young children or a messy/ dirty house hold? Am I a neat freak?
Can I go without my furniture for a few weeks?
How you answer each question could sway you one way or the other.
If you answer no to the quality question, you need to be answering yes to “loving your suite”
Or maybe you have been looking everywhere and just cant find a replacement suite that you like. Loose covers or re-upholstery would be a really good solution.
By the same token, if you don’t really like your suite, or it is not comfortable, re-upholstery or loose covers will NOT change that. You need to consider very carefully before investing your hard earned money updating a suite that doesn’t fit your room or your bottom!
Something to bear in mind is that despite the fact that loose covers should be made to fit your suite perfectly they will always move with use. You will always need to titivate them, so if you are someone who likes things “just so”, upholstery might be your best option.
The following pictures show examples of furniture that has been either upholstered, or loose covered and with a brief reason for the treatment underneath.
Loose covers or upholstery it is a big investment that needs to be carefully researched before you go ahead. Making the right decision can totally transform your suite and room for years to come.