Frequent Asked Questions

General

Q:

May I provide my own fabric or must I purchase fabric from Audio and Upholstery?

A:

Yes, you may provide your own fabric. However, when purchasing fabric from other sources, inspect the fabric carefully as it is rollled  from the bolt. We only guarantee fabric purchased from us to be free from flaws.
If the fabric is provided by you, we will not be responsable for the short fall or extra costs due to insaficiant material.

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Does it matter if old fabric is not removed prior to re-upholstering a piece of furniture?

A:

Yes, it does. Covering over old fabric causes the new fabric to slide, thereby sacrificing a crisp look and causing the new fabric to wear-out much more quickly.  In addition, soiling from the old fabric can seep through padding and appear on the new fabric.  Furthermore, the unsanitary aspect of covering over the old fabric speaks for itself!

Q:

My fabric still looks good, but the cushions are weak and lack support. Do I need to re-upholster the entire sofa or chair just to freshen up the look of my pieces?

A:

No.  One of the best ways to get more life out of your fabric is to have top quality cushion inserts.  We can replace your cushion insurts with top quality foam inserts.

Q:

Is it less expensive to recover my furniture than to buy new?

A:

Not always. In fact, the furniture you own may be of vastly higher quality than newer furniture purchased today. The two most popular reasons to restore your furniture are

#1 Sentimental Value

#2 Size, function and durability of furniture 20+ years or older outweighs furniture available on today's market.

Realistically, newer style furniture will not mimic the styles made in decades past. In an effort to remain at a price point manufacturers will cut costs with respect to the frame materials, springs, quality of seating foam used etc.

Keep what you already own! It's a "greener" approach and it can be made to YOUR specifications!

Q:

Do you supply fabric?

A:

Yes.  We have a good range of samples from leading fabric houses. All fabric supplied is guaranteed.

Q:

What fabric should I look for?

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Depends on your needs.  If you have heavy traffic on your furniture then a good quality fabric that is durable, will wear well and last. Cotton will not wear well in heavy traffic applications.  There is no right or wrong way in looking for fabric.  It's all about personal choice.  Do you prefer patterns?  What colors make you happy?  What textures feel right to you?  On the practical side; how durable do you need the fabric to be?  On the maintenance side; how cleanable is the fabric?  Does it show up dirt and lint or stains?  Mid tone fabrics with patterns show dirt less than a light coloured fabric.  Dark colours will show dust and lint more easily, while solid fabric with no texture will show stains more easily. Ultimately the choice is yours.  You must live with your choice.  We will happily assist and advise you on choosing the fabric that meet your needs.

Q:

How much fabric do I need?

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Does the fabric have a pattern repeat?  Does the finished piece have deep buttoning?  How will the fabric run - railroad or straight up?  Is the fabric from the same dye lot and if not, will the color of the fabric be acceptable and consistent? These are some of the questions that an upholsterer has to take into account when determining the quantity of fabric. To measure for a dining seat, is easy. To measure for a lounge suite with the least possible waste of fabric, takes skill and experience.

Q:

Do you strip the furniture before you recover?

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Absolutely. We strip the furniture to the frame.  All woodwork, springs, fillings, webbing and padding are thoroughly checked before we begin the re-upholstery process. 

Q:

If you find broken framework do you repair it?

A:

Yes we do.  It's important to have an structurally sound frame. Not only does it support the inner parts of a sofa but it also supports the person sitting on it.  We inspect the frame carefully and inform the customer of any damage that would need to be repaired.

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