Cost to Re-Upholster A Wing Chair

Cost to Reupholster A Wing Chair - NJ

We get email from potential clients expressing frustration with finding local upholstery cost information.  And thanking us for publishing our upholstery price guide which gives some idea about local re-upholstery costs.

We thought about that frustrating experience.  And tried it.  They were right.  We got a patchwork of information and little satisfaction.

To remedy that, we publish actual upholstery project cost information as often as we can.  This one is about wing chairs (or wing-back chairs).

Wing Back Chair Upholstery Cost Summary

Here are seven New Jersey upholstery projects we did with nine wing chairs. 

  • The average labor cost per chair was $671. 
  • Typically, 7 2/3 yards of fabric. 
  • The average fabric cost was $356. 
  • The typical labor plus fabric cost was $1021.

We excluded the costs of extra items such as re-styled skirts and replacement cushions, since they are individual cases.

Here is an article explaining the factors that alter re-upholstery prices: Upholstery Price Details.

 

Petite Wing Chair in Moorestown NJ

The price of this upholstery makeover was:

  • Upholstery labor: $660
  • New cushion: $60
  • Upholstery fabric (7 yards): $463

Total upholstery project cost: $1183

Fabric by Kasmir.  Pattern Afton Stripe, color Damson.

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Wing Chairs Reupholstered Egg Harbor NJ

The reupholstery cost for the two wing chairs:

  • Upholstery Labor (2): $1280
  • 14 yards fabric (2): $560
  • Total: $1940 or $970 each with fabric

 

 Barrow upholstery fabric pattern Descartes, color hyacinth

Barrow upholstery fabric pattern Descartes, color hyacinth

Re-Upholstered Wing Back Chair - Woodstown, NJ

Upholstery cost for this wing chair:

  • upholstery labor: $680
  • new foam and down cushion: $125
  • 7 yards fabric: $619

Total upholstery price: $1424

Duralee upholstery fabric 15327-138

Vintage Wing Chair Upholstery Cost Sewell, NJ

Reupholstery cost summary:

  • Upholstery labor cost: $680
  • 7 yards Kasmir Fabric:  $200
  • Applied decorative nails: $40

Total upholstery cost: $920

Kasmir upholstery fabric: Boxwood Wedgewood

Traditional Wing Chair Upholstery Cost - Burlington, NJ

Wing Chair Reupholstery Cost

  • Upholstery Labor: $680
  • 8 yards fabric: $288

Total project cost: $968

Ethan Allen upholstery fabric pattern Lainey, color mist.

Skirted Wing Chair Upholstery Cost - Wrightstown, NJ

Cost Upholster Skirted Wing Chair

  • Reupholstery Labor: $680
  • Spring Rebuild: $120
  • Boxed Arms: $30
  • Skirt: $40
  • 8 yards fabric: $358

Total project cost: $1228

 Greenhouse upholstery fabric B1945

Greenhouse upholstery fabric B1945

Classic Wing Chairs Reupholstered - Berlin, NJ

Cost Wing Chairs Reupholstered in Matched Stripe

  • Upholstery Labor Cost (2): $1380
  • Fabric 18 yards: (provided by client) - centering yellow band used extra fabric

Reupholster Wing Chair or Buy New

How does upholstering an existing chair compare against buying a new one?

We are always curious, so we did a test against one of the prevalent retailers of reasonable quality new furniture in the area.  We picked a patterned fabric and a textured stripe (which looked like one of our examples).

 Ethan Allen Giles wing chair

$1689

 Ethan Allen Montville wing chair

$1819

Finding Local Upholstery Price Information

This is a summary of conversations we've had about the lack of local upholstery cost information:

Searching for information about reupholstery prices is frustrating - especially prices in my area.  Near me.  So I can plan - make a few decisions.

Or get a little bit specific.  Like 'wing chair' instead of 'furniture' or 'chair'.

 Homeadvisor Furniture Upholstery Cost

The big data summaries dominate the results.  The editors at Homeadvisor.  The copywriters on Houzz.  The collators on About.  What do they know?

What good is it to see this graph when I want an idea about the cost to upholster a wing chair in New Jersey?

Some of them start off rather nicely - like this one from About - but notice the vagueness creeping in?

Instead of buying new furniture every time one of your existing pieces looks tired and dated, why not get it reupholstered? If you start off buying quality, well-made pieces with solid structures you can save tons of money over time by reupholstering them when the fabric gets old or dated-looking.

With that said, it’s important to know furniture upholstery costs so you can weigh the pros and cons with each individual piece.

In some cases it might be worth it to start fresh with a new piece of furniture.
The following costs are general and will not always be accurate depending on where you live and what furniture upholstery company you use. But it’s a very good starting point and will give you an idea of common costs.
— interiordec.about.com/od/faqsonfurniture/a/Furniture-Upholstery-What-Does-It-Cost

The cost section is worse.  A crappy starting point.

I try reading a few pertinent blog articles about upholstery prices.  And visit a few discussion forums where folks seem to be asking about upholstery costs.  But it seems like I will have to call a local upholstery shop (what will that take?) or plan my project with some info patched together from Seattle and Kansas City, because this whole thing is taking too long.

And I'm irritated.


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 and the southern shore areas. The workshop also provides custom window treatment and fabric resources.