While some home decor projects require the use of professionals, there are others that you can do yourself, helping you save money while getting the job done right. You do not necessarily need experience to undertake any DIY home decor project. As you need to do is spend some time on researching the techniques that go into that specific project as well as the materials you will need to complete the task. DIY home decor is truly a labor of love.
Reupholstering your furniture is one of these home decor projects you can do for yourself, to your exact specifications. You will need to start with plenty of fabric and a sewing machine and most importantly, the dedication to see the job all the way through.
Starting with the pieces of furniture you wish to reupholster, you want to start with an idea of the home decor style you are going for. Do you wish to create an earthy look to the home or are you looking for a more contemporary look that offers new-age flair? There are several colors and patterns of fabric you can choose from, the choice based on the overall style of the home or the specific room. If you are not sure of what will look best, you can always get sample swatches of fabric to bring home and compare to the decor within the room or the current theme of the room. This can prevent a large purchase of worthless fabric.
The actual fabric you choose to reupholster your furniture should complement your living space, adding to the current home decor while providing a refined and fresh look. You don't want to get something that will look gaudy or something that is going to clash with the rest of your home. If you spend some time ensuring that all the criteria are met, you can then be certain to achieve the style you are aiming for.
There are several different things you must take into account when reupholstering your furniture. Besides the home decor style you are seeking out, you also want to consider the durability of the fabric you choose, as well as the life of the style or pattern. You don't want something that is going to look tacky in a year or two; you want to choose something that will remain timeless, adding style and flair to the home throughout time. You also want to consider the ability of the upholstery to stay clean and fresh. If that piece of furniture happens to be a popular one, especially amongst the kids, it is best to choose darker colored fabric or printed fabric.
While it is certainly cheaper to re-upholster your furniture rather than replace it, taking into consideration the use of the furniture and the style of the home will make it all look coordinated and well worth the effort. Don't forget to spend some time mastering the technique of reupholstering so that you achieve the perfect fit. You don't want to go through all the trouble of buying the fabric and sewing it only to find in the end that it is too tight or too loose.