When looking at renovating your belongings such as your furniture or car, it is common to want to do it yourself. It is a fun weekend hobby, typically cheaper, and brings you a sense of accomplishment. However, there are challenges that can come with trying to DIY upholstery, which is why Mcdowells Specialty Repairs is here to provide you with some professional tips from our 27+ years of upholstery repair experience!

Color Matching

One of the first steps to any reupholstery project is choosing the right type and color of fabric for the situation. With over 17 shades of brown, for example, it can be difficult to judge the exact color of the fabric you want to match. If you don’t want to replace all of the fabric on a given piece of furniture, bringing a sample with you when selecting the new fabric can be a big help!

Fabric Quality

While professional upholstery services can get expensive in some cases, purchasing high-quality fabric is essential for DIY upholstery projects. Buying low-quality fabric to reupholster your favorite chair not only takes away the beauty of it, but also makes the chair prone to wear and tear even faster. Choosing a better value over quality is not a viable option for the long term and because of that, investing a little more money into the fabric you choose is well worth the price!

The Right Tools For The Job

While using tools you have laying around at home sounds like a cost-effective solution, there are special tools you’ll need in order to get your furniture looking brand new again. Acute attention to detail is important when removing any excess ripped fabric and old staples, measuring and cutting the new fabric needed, and applying the fabric with a professional upholstery staple gun.

If you are looking for professional help with your reupholstery project, don’t look any further than McDowells Specialty Repairs! With dozens of different color, fabric, and repair options, we’re here to help with all of your furniture needs. Contact us today for a free quote or with any questions you may have!

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