Spruce 101: Q|A What questions should you ask when selecting an upholsterer? Do you have references or a portfolio to view? What is concidered a basic upholstery job? Every shop is different, so it’s best to ask specific questions about the upholsterer’s process. At Spruce, we almost always replace padding and retie springs, unless the customer requests otherwise, so that would be our “basic upholstery job.” What are some methods beyond basic upholstery to create a one-of-a-kind piece? We discuss different styling options with our clients to improve the look of their furniture. We can change the number of cushions, padding, and even the structural shape of a piece to completely transform the look. Complementary fabric combinations are also great ways to customize furniture. What should you look for when purchasing a vintage piece to upholster? Avoid furniture that’s been left outside. Water damage can often lead to termites and mold, which can significantly compromise a piece’s structural integrity. I also stay away from pieces that have damaged wood or loose joints, as those issues can be costly to repair.
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What is your first rule when selecting fabric? Love it or leave it. Regardless of durability and other fabric specifications, I’m always most happy with fabrics that give me a positive gut reaction. Otherwise, I’m quick to send it back through the upholstery process. Should you paint before you upholster? Refinishing should always be done before the new upholstery job, but after the piece is stripped of all its old fabric and padding.