Posted on: 27 May 2019Share
Chances are you take many steps to ensure your upholstered furniture remains in good condition and attractive. Yet, over time wear and tear will naturally occur. Corners, arm and head rests, and other areas that see the most use tend to wear first, while the rest of the upholstery remains in good condition. The following guide can help you slow the wear and prolong the life of your furniture.
Invest in corner protectors
Rubber or clear acrylic corner protectors are a relatively unobtrusive way to prevent a lot of wear on the corners of couches and chairs. Often, damage occurs here simply from legs brushing past the corner or from devices like the vacuum scraping against the fabric. You can install protectors before the damage occurs or while it is still light enough not to be a major concern. Protectors can't be used to protect areas where the fabric has already worn through.
Don't push things together
Shoving a couch against a wall or pushing a side table right up against a chair arm will cause wear in these spots. Each time someone sits down, the upholstery will rub against the wall or table. The friction will eventually wear through the fabric. Pull furniture out from walls and leave an inch or two of space between pieces of furniture to prevent this from happening.
Use covers wisely
Sometimes all you need to do is cover the fabric that is most likely to be worn. In most cases, this will be the head or arm rests of a chair or sofa. You can find a variety of slip-on covers at any upholstery or home goods shop. Choose a non-slip or tight-fitting style in a color or pattern that complements your current upholstery. There are even wood armrest covers that slide over the rest so it can be used like a small table for a drink or book.
Don't be afraid to repair
Often, the only way to save a piece is to have an upholstery service perform a repair. In some cases, worn areas can be patched with matching or coordinating fabric in a way that that is both attractive and functional. If patching isn't an option, then consider having the piece completely reupholstered -- just make sure reinforced fabric is used on the areas prone to excessive wear. You can even make a custom slip cover with fabric from By The Yard. This also an option for covering up damaged upholstery.
Contact a fabric and upholstery service near you for more help.