Cost to Reupholster Open Arm Chair

Cost to Reupholster an Open Arm Chair

French style open arm chairs (also known as 'provincial' or 'fauteuil') commonly serve as accent or occasional seating in today's homes.  Their smaller proportions and light weight style balance more substantial furnishings in entrance, living and family areas.

Many folks inquire about the reupholstery cost for these chairs.  So we grabbed a few recent projects from around the New Jersey area to shine some light on the issue.

Upholstery Cost Summary

  • Reupholstery labor cost per chair: $320

  • Fabric (2 1/2 to 3 yards per chair): $132.75

  • Total reupholstery cost per chair: $432.75

  • Total makeover cost per chair: $562.50 (frame finishing included)

Here are the project details:

Arm Chair Makeover Glassboro NJ

French arm chairs Glassboro NJ before upholstery

A theme of bronze, soft grey and softened whites inspired the design decisions for this personalization of a new home in Glassboro NJ.  The major furnishings and artwork anchored the look.  Accents would wrap the design elements.

She had a pair of French style open arm chairs in a traditional style.  Walnut finish with damask fabric.  Strongly traditional.

Looking for something more upbeat, she selected a contemporary fabric by Barrow - Lucinda Driftwood.

To augment the fabric, we worked up a frosted glaze finish before reupholstering the chairs.

The result of balancing the frame finish with the fabric gave a very subtle contemporary look to the chairs.

french upholstered arm chairs glassboro nj

The costs for this project were:

  • Upholstery labor each: $320

  • Custom glazed finish on frames to blend with fabric each: $160

  • Fabric 6 yards: $240 ($120 each)

  • Total upholstery cost per arm chair: $440

  • Total makeover cost per arm chair: $600

In a flattering testimonial, our client sent us an email saying:

"You guys are one of the area's best kept secrets!  I thought it was going to be much harder to get what I wanted.  You made it easy."


Arm Chairs Reupholstered Mullica Hill NJ

french arm chairs nj before upholstery

"I need some side seating in our family room.  I have two French style chairs from my mom's place that are the right size.  But I need some pop in the room against all the stone and neutral/natural tones I have going on."

The chairs were anything but 'pop' when we saw them.  And the finish was flaking and scratched.

She ended up with two accent fabrics: one from Greenhouse and one from Robert Allen.  While she was deciding, we cleaned up the frames.

The end result was a different 'pop' depending on which way you viewed the chairs.  Fresh, strong, bold!

accent chair upholstery mullica hill nj

The costs for this project were:

  • Upholstery labor each: $320

  • Stain and overfinish frame each: $100

  • 5 yards fabric: $211 ($105.50 each)

  • Total upholstery cost per chair: $425.50

  • Total makeover cost per chair $525

Our general service area includes: Gloucester County, Camden County, Burlington County, Cape May County, Atlantic County, Cumberland County, Salem County, NJ; Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia county in Pennsylvania; and New Castle County DE

The furniture workshop of JH Conklin & Co. upholsters furniture for people and businesses throughout Southern New Jersey, Delaware, Philadelphia and the southern shore areas. The workshop also provides custom window treatment and fabric resources. #NJupholstery