Cost to Reupholster a Chair


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

Just because your chair looks old doesn’t mean you have to throw it to the curb.

Thankfully for upholstery professionals, they are able to freshen up your chair with new fabric, springs, foam and/or a completely new style.

Using a specialized skill, reupholstering your chair is a great way to restyle a set or preserve a family heirloom.

Cost to Reupholster a Chair
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How much does it cost to reupholster a chair?

The cost to reupholster a chair is based on a few factors, including the type of chair you want to be upholstered, the details involved, the professional you have and your geographical region.  Generally, the more detail that’s involved with the reupholstering job, the more you should be prepared to pay, but check out the factors affecting the pricing below for more details as to what you may pay.  With so many factors, again, based on the size of the chair, as well as the details, we created a table of the average costs we found, as well as prices we found online from those who were willing to share the costs they paid.

Type of JobEstimated Price
Replacing just the foam backing$10 to $75+
Re-stuffing a single cushion$150 to $250
Average dining room chair for a full overhaul, including the re-stuffing, reupholstery and any repairs necessary, such as new springs$50 to $300+, depending on details and size
Average lounge chair (wingback or bergeres, for example), including the re-stuffing, reupholstery and any repairs necessary, such as new springs$400 to $800, depending on details and size
IF fabric is charged as an additional expense$10 to $150 per yard, with average chair requiring 6 yards

The table above mentions the prices you should be prepared to pay on average, and as you can see, the price range is quite large, making it hard to decipher exactly what you should budget.  To make it even easier, we compiled the many quotes we found online and included the price they paid, as well as a description of the job.

Job DescriptionPrice QuotedSource
wing chair with a loose seat cushion and no tufting$425LINK
whole chair plus materials in upstate New York$350LINK
two Parker Knoll chairs$1,200 eachLINK
antique Queen Anne arm chair in Colorado$275LINK
average size chair NOT including fabric in Indiana$200LINK
one Barcelona chair in San Francisco area$850LINK
1960s club chair$900LINK
complete reupholstery job, including stripping the foam, in Washington DC$700LINK
10-year-old C&B Cameron chair in Boston area$850 plus fabricLINK
mid-century arm chair, including fabric, in Detroit area$360LINK
victorian-style wingback chair in antique velvet in NYC area$800, not including the fabricLINK
small armchair, not including the fabric, in Philadelphia area$400LINK

JHConklin.net, for instance, posted a variety of their past jobs, along with the price quoted for each job.  This is a good resource for those who actually want to see the before and after pictures, along with the prices their customers paid.

Factors that affect the pricing

Fabric:  One of the biggest factors, according to Thumbtack.com, will be the fabric.  For example, a single dining room seat often requires less than one yard per fabric, simply meaning the labor and the materials will be much less than replacing the fabric on the entire seat, including the seat and the back, which can often require more than five yards, all depending on the fabric and the pattern.  As for lounge chairs, again, depending on the size, can take an average of five to eight yards in the fabric.  Just like clothing or any materials for that matter, chair fabric can range from as little as $10 to more than $125+ per yard for just the material.

Labor:  The more experienced an upholster is, the more you should be prepared to pay.  Emphasizing the factors mentioned prior, the size and the detail involved can greatly affect the overall costs, including both the fabric, mentioned prior, and the labor fees.  If only the seat of the chair needs to be upholstered and the seats are removable, then this is a much faster job than a seat which requires the backing and the seat upholstered.

Discounts:  In some cases, there is a good chance you may need to bring in more than one chair that needs to be reupholstered, and most professionals, from the estimates we saw online, will often offer a bulk chair discount.  This discount, depending on the professional’s policy, may require a minimum before the discount is applied, however.

Geographical location:  All locations, as with any professional service, will not be created equal in price, meaning you will pay much more in a metropolitan city than you would in a rural small town.

Repairs:  What kind of repairs need to be done to the chair? Aside from the fabric, does the wood need to be replaced due to rotting?  What about the spring system?  Do the springs and the wood need to be replaced?  As you can imagine, all of these repairs, while the chair is being torn apart, will need to be replaced and can increase the labor time.  Typically, the frame in a solid chair will last up to 15 years, so if your chair is older than this, then you may want to be prepared for this repair.

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