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How Much Does it Cost to Reupholster a Recliner?

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You own a chair like a soulmate in the house. That’s why even if your recliner chair has torn fabric, you still want to spend money to reupholster it. However, there are some questions you should answer.

How much to reupholster a recliner? Is it worth replacing the chair completely instead of recovering the recliner? Can you recover by DIY?

The article below will help you answer all these questions. Keep reading and you will find the right answer!

How Much to Reupholster a Recliner?

In this section, you will go through a typical example of the cost of recovering a recliner chair.

Your budget will range from $400 to $1,000 to reupholster a recliner. Depending upon the labor cost as well as the type of fabric you choose, the cost to reupholster the chair will be different in each case.

For example, if the upholstery man tells you that you need at least $1,000 to reupholster, then exactly this amount can spend on the following ranges.

Fabric Cost

This amount ranges from $500 or more. This amount depends on the quality of fabric calculated per 1 yard.

Labor Cost

The amount of money depends on the design and the recliner’s age to see if the damage is heavy or light. From there, workers will charge a fee for the labor.

Budget to Buy New Foam and Supplies

You will budget between $100 and $300 for new replacement materials. Not to mention during the design check, your recliner may be too old leading to some structure that is no longer good. This replacement makes us reserve a small amount to prevent problems from arising money to buy replacement supplies.

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Can you DIY yourself?

What If You Diy It?

First, you have to spend some money, at least $400 or more. 

This amount will be spent on items such as fabric, cushions, frames, and many specialized tools to support you. And, buying materials on our own is sometimes not easy because you are not familiar with them or difficult to find.

Next, the time you spend seems to be a difficult thing. 

Indeed, if you do all the steps yourself, you have to do it from preparation to disassembling the recliner, removing the old cushion. Then, you need to cut the fabric, sew them back into a new fabric with reasonable patterns, and join them together.

In some cases, DIY can save you budget, but you can’t say in advance as for the time side. If your case is skilled and patient, it will take you a few days to complete. Or not; it could take several weeks to reupholster your recliner.

Therefore, in many cases, buying a new recliner chair will be cheaper than spending the effort to reupholster your old chair by DIY.

Should you buy a new recliner or restore it?

Is It Cheaper to Reupholster or Buy New?

As mentioned above, reupholstering a recliner can be more expensive or cheaper than DIY depending on the situation. However, in most cases, buying a new recliner will save you more money for the following reasons:

Firstly, in the current furniture market, many new pieces of furniture are very affordable. And sometimes, the price of a new recliner is lower than buying materials and labor costs to replace an old one.

Second, regardless of whether the new model is worth buying or not, take a look at your old chair a bit.

  • You should consider how old your recliner is, as well as its design. From here, you will decide whether to replace your old recliner completely or continue to spend money to restore an old one.
  • Whether you still like the recliner will determine whether you buy a new one. Besides, an existing new chair with many new designs and affordable prices is worth replacing.
  • The old recliner chair is like a family memory, but over time whether you want to replace it to continue writing your new story.

From the above analysis and comparison, you can be ready to buy a new chair to beautify your house and satisfy your needs.


You can completely replace a new recliner after carefully considering the above factors. With the information in the article, you have the basis to make a smart choice. Even if you still want to keep your old recliner chair, you should also consult the reupholstery expenses to better adjust your budget.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the topic of the article, do not hesitate to leave a question. Thank you for your interest in the article!

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