Reason #2 for taking upholstery class: saving some serious money.
I have been blessed with ancestors with beautiful furniture who were gracious enough to share with me. At some point though, every piece of fabric falls out of style or is loved to threads.
I have also had some really good luck at consignment stores, rummage sales, and side of the road pick ups.
So I have saved money on both the furniture aspect and the labor costs. The only other expense is the fabric. There are beautiful designer fabric stores in town that range from $10-$35 per yard. There are big chain stores that offer the same prices but often run sales up to 40% off. And then there is Leisure Fabrics.
This is where the saving money really shocks everyone. They sell their fabric for $3 per yard.
Really. $3 per yard.
Here is John, the man behind the magical prices:
He packs his warehouse full of fabrics. There are indoor/outdoor fabrics, upholstery fabrics, drapery fabrics, fabrics you can find for sooo much more at the store around the corner...
Here is a pic from my eye level (keeping in mind I am quite short):
There are isles and isles of bolts of fabric leaning against each other, sometimes 4-5 bolts deep. I have to stand on my tip toes to see past the first bolt.
They also have stacks of folded fabrics if you don't find what you want on a bolt, though the quantities of the remnants are less than on the bolts, of course.
I have determined what makes the trip to High Point for fabric worth it for me...
- I keep a couple of pieces of furniture in mind.
- I have an idea of what I'm thinking of covering each piece in.
- I walk through the store quite a few times (on my tip toes).
- I do not take my kids.
I have followed these self-imposed guidelines and have come away with steals.
I covered both my couch and my loveseat in this brown fabric that I saw at an upscale fabric store. If I had bought it from the first place I found it, I would have spent close to $1000. I bought it at Leisure Fabrics for $108.
Do I need to point out the price difference?
I bought new green fabric for my next two chairs last week. And I bought the beautiful gold fabric for my mom's birthday chair at Leisure Fabrics as well. Here it is being cut:
The store is about 35 minutes from my house, and is worth the trip from much farther away. It is located in Hight Point on Bedford Road. They take a two hour lunch break during the week and are only open on the second Saturday of each month. Even if you have someone else to do the actual reupholstery on your furniture, you can save your money on the fabric.
If you do visit Leisure Fabrics, let them know that I sent you! The more they sell of their current stock, the more fabulous fabrics they can get in!