Should I Reupholster My Couch? Or is it Better to Buy a New Sofa?

by | Nov 1, 2021 | Ask the Expert | 3 comments


I have had a Sherrill sofa since 1999. It’s used daily in our family room & we love it. Reupholstering costs almost as much as buying a new couch. Is it worth it to reupholster my couch?   

Mar. 23, 2021


The answer is “Yes!” Sherrill furniture is excellent quality and should be reupholstered if you still like the style.

Although Sherrill still makes excellent furniture, it is not better than the way it was made 20 years ago.

  • If you don’t like the style there are some custom upholsterers who can alter the frame and completely change the sofa’s style.
  • Unlike many of the large mass produced furniture brands, Sherrill still makes excellent quality custom-built furniture today.
Re-upholstering can be expensive. If that is a concern, there are ways to reduce the cost.
  • Current designer fabrics can range in price from $30 to over $100 per yard.
  • Every year thousands of these high quality fabrics are discontinued and closed out by the mills, at prices that are 50% off or even more.
  • Check out my blog article on this topic. Are 90% off fabric sales really a good deal?
If you do not have any discount fabric stores near you, there are several online who will be happy to send you samples. Your upholsterer will let you know how much fabric is needed.
  • Striped or patterned fabrics that need to be matched up require 33% – 50% more fabric.
  • Matched fabrics also take  more time (and money) to upholster.
If you decide to reupholster, it is important to spend extra to get the best possible cushions.
  • The standard 1.8 density foam cushion cores found in most mass produced sofas, have a total lifespan of 3 – 5 years before losing their resilience and comfort.
  • Spend another $200 – $300  to upgrade to 2.5 density foam or Spring down cushions that will provide 15 years or more of comfortable seating. (Your Sherrill sofa probably has spring down cushions already, if it remained comfortable for 20 years.)

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Jeff Frank

Jeff Frank

Furniture Consultant

Jeff Frank is a 45 year  furniture industry veteran. He created this blog to provide detailed facts, inside information & advice for furniture shoppers. 




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  1. Amy Chappuis

    How much fabric should I buy to recover style 1937B?

    • Jeff Frank

      You will need to contact the store where you purchased the furniture or the Sherrill customer service department. Keep in mind that striped or print fabrics, that require matching, will need more yards than a solid plain color fabric.

  2. Patty

    Glad I found you.


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