Textiles and upholstered furniture also offer a wonderful upgrade opportunity. If you bought a couch on sale only to find that it is not as durable as you’d hoped, for example, it can be tempting to escort it to the curb after stains or tears. In some cases, it might even be cheaper to buy a new piece of furniture than renovate the old one. But remember: There is so much positive impact a homeowner can make by upcycling furniture.
When it comes to redressing your sofa, chair, curtains, or other soft coverings, consulting with an interior designer can help you identify skilled artists, upholsterers, or furniture-makers aligned with your desired style, project location, and budget. My go-to studio when working on my client’s reupholstery needs has been the Stitchroom, a Brooklyn-based team of upholsterers and sewers. In some cases, you can also consider treating your home textiles with natural dyes, playful tie-dyes, or fabric paint.
While upcycling is a great way to keep furniture out of landfills, it can be also impactful to explore if the original vendors and furniture makers offer take-back programs before you start DIYing.