Saturday, March 17, 2012
Sorry For The Lateness. Check Out Our Good Friend's Sofa Quandry. Status: What To Do?
Our good friends have recently acquired a vintage (Mid Century Modest - thanks Pam, for coining the term!) sofa from their Grandparents. The bad news: the sofa went through a house fire and it's suffused of smoke aromatics and such.
First let's all give a big "thank you" to Jet the kitty for modeling on the sofa for our amusement!
He fat little bundle of "hamming it up for the camera" and apparently thinks the sofa is fine the
way it is. He was all over it like white on rice. Our friends, however, are not so enthusiastic.
Even though the sofa has been professionally cleaned, they can still smell the smoke from the
fire. They plan on having it cleaned again and I can see a little discoloration after being shown
it so it might help.
But...then they are also considering having the whole sofa re-upholstered. Other than the smokey
smell, the upholstery isn't damaged and is in good shape. The cushions are firm, yet soft...just as
they should be. It's a good solid sofa and has decades of life left in it. I've never had a sofa re-
upholstered but I've read on various other blog that it can be prohibitively expensive.
This sofa looks like it might not be at the top of the price guide since the arms aren't upholstered,
I'm still guessing that it might be between $400 and $700 to have done. Has anyone ever had a
sofa done? How much did you spend? Where you surprised at the estimate? Please share any
stories you've got, good or bad, from having a piece of furniture either re-upholstered or just
gotten an estimate on.