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 Use this step-by-step guide to determine the minimum cost for reupholstering your project. There are three main components to figure: 1) Yardage, 2) Labor, and 3) Materials. Materials are everything else other than the top fabric. If you have several items, like a living room suite, calculate each piece independently then sum your totals. Keep in mind there may be savings of time and money by doing several pieces simultaneously. You will need a formal Estimate from me to show that.
STEP 1:  IDENTIFY YOUR ITEM
Identify your item on this furniture chart: FURNITURE CHART.
1) Yardage: The furniture chart gives you an estimated amount of yardage required. Remember this number.
2) Labor:  Multiply this amount of yardage by $60. The result is my base rate for labor. Remember this amount. (Go to Labor for more info.)
3) Materials: Nothing to add here.
STEP 2: WELTING/CORDING*
Refer to Yardage Estimates for guidance on adding on yardage for welting/cording depending on the size of the piece. (*Not all pieces will have this.)
1) Yardage: Add this amount of yardage for welting to the amount from Step 1. This is your revised amount of yardage.
2) Labor: Multiply the amount of welting yardage required by $60. Add this to the labor figure in Step 1 above.  This is your revised labor cost.
3) Materials: Nothing to add here.
STEP 3: NEW PADDING
It is very likely that your piece will need some new padding. It is often hard to tell until it is uncovered.
1) Yardage: Nothing to add here.
2) Labor: Estimate on the high side by adding the following padding costs:
a) Chair/One Seat Cushion: Add $50.
b) Loveseat/Settee/Two Seat Cushions: Add $75.
c) Sofa/Three Seat Cushions: Add $100.
This is your revised labor cost.
3) Materials: Nothing to add here.
 
STEP 4: BUTTON TUFTING
If your piece has tufted buttons, refer to Additional Services for these rates.
1) Yardage: Nothing to add here.
2) Labor: Add the cost of additional labor based on the number of buttons. This is your revised labor cost.
3) Materials: Nothing to add here.
STEP 5: FABRIC COST
Add your total yardage required. This is the amount you will need to purchase exclusive of this quote and that cost is another major component to this project to keep in mind.
STEP 5: TOTAL PROJECT
If you've gone through these steps and totaled all of the Yardage, Labor, and Materials, and added an estimate for the Fabric cost, you may be experiencing a little sticker shock. Well, I'll share two comments: 
1) Quality pieces deserve quality service, and upholstery services are very labor intensive. Fabrics that will withstand many years will also come at a price.
2) When I calculate a formal estimate, I will be more precise and may be able to determine where there are cost savings. I will be happy to work a formal estimate for you if, at this point, you are still seriously interested.
   
OTHER
If your piece requires any other services or materials, these are things we need to talk about and factor into your estimate. To give you an idea of those, refer to Additional Services .
 
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