Cheap ... Thank Chinaby Tavy at Howard's on 12/09/12
When it comes to upholstered furniture and upholstery fabrics, thank China for "Cheap"! Most consumers don't know any better, but to those with discriminating tastes, this is a "Cancer to Quality"!
If consumers could only see the frames that are in 95% of new upholstered pieces and compared them to what used to be a standard in upholstered goods, they would be very disappointed. Sadly, most consumers still feel that they should be able to get a "good sofa" for $1,000. Can't blame them, when we are bombarded with advertising from sub-par stores and distributors. Most people want quality for cheap. Yet, no attention is given to value. What am I getting for my hard earned $1,000? ........trash. Yes, it will be unconfortable and yes you will trash it! You certainly don't want an upholsterer to try and improve junk. Most of my "genius" customers that chose to invest in these cheap pieces, come in or call to ask what I can do to improve their comfort and sitting experience. This usually happens, six months after they purchase. If they are lucky, I may be able to replace their seat cushions with proper foam & wrap.
So, what is my point? Think well before you unload your older quality frames. In today's market, they are like gold! Reupholstery is a fraction of the cost of what new, quality furniture would cost. If you do decide to replace them, either spend more in new, quality furniture, or let us custom build a sofa/chair/ottoman for you. We use the old standards of quality.
Unfortunately, your choices for quality upholstered pieces is very limited. Thank China. Go online and check out the prices of quality pieces, such as Century, Baker and Bernhardt. We can custom build pieces for you, using the same or better quality, at a fraction of their prices.
If you have any questions, give us a call at Howard's Custom Upholstery in Mission Viejo.