Howard's Upholstery & Design

​Seating Specialists

Why Howard's  Upholstery & Design?
Simply, we take great pride in the quality of our workmanship.  Due to our genuine concern about each piece we see, we maintain high standards and quality control procedures.  Our use of traditional upholstery methods along with modern materials allows us to provide you with a rejuvenated product,  oftentimes better than the original.  


How much will it cost?
There are many factors adding to the bottom line. Condition of the furniture, fabric choice, custom options and more.  Call us to discuss your project. We will help you decide whether it is worth it to you to reupholster your furniture. 

What if my upholstery is fine, but the cushions are uncomfortable?
We can renew your furniture by constructing new cushion inserts! New foam can make your furniture feel better than it did new.  We use only High Resiliance (HR) foam which is the best you can buy.


Why should I reupholster my furniture instead of buying it new?
The furniture that you already own has a meaning very difficult to replace.  It may fit your space perfectly, be perfectly comfortable, or have a deep-rooted sentimental value.  Frequently, when you shop for furniture you find that the new ones are too wide, too small, too hard, or just not quite right.  When you think about it, maybe the only thing wrong with the old furniture is the fabric.  Inexpensive new furniture is achieved using inferior frames, foam, padding and fabric.   Good quality furniture will perform superbly for many years after the discount pieces have been hauled to the dump.    At Howard's  Upholstery, we strive to ensure our clients get the best quality while still staying within their budgets.  Each piece of furniture is unique so there is no simple answer to this question. The easiest way to obtain this information is to contact us for a free estimate.

Do I need to purchase fabric from Howard's Upholstery or can I bring in my own fabric?
It is not necessary to purchase fabric from us.  We do charge a cutting or COM (customer’s own material) fee.  There are many variables to keep in mind when choosing a suitable fabric, such as pets, children, area traffic, pattern size, texture, and whether it will be indoor or outdoor furniture.  If you are using COM, please note we must approve of the fabric prior to any job.  Large prints and plaids will affect the total yardage.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN PURCHASING FABRIC

Q: Is there an advantage to buying fabric from your upholsterer?
A: Yes.  The fabrics are of finest quality and we have thousands of selections to choose from. We’ll know if the fabric you select will tailor properly to fit your furniture. Should any damage occur after your job has been completed, we’re able to obtain additional yardage, often for as long as two to three years later. If there is a fabric failure, you have only one person to look at for correcting the problem…us.  No passing the blame.  We’ll deal with our fabric manufacturer directly.

Q: Is there any type of warranty on fabrics purchased from your upholsterer?
A: Yes!  Fabrics purchased from us have a limited warranty from defects or failures under normal wear conditions, backed by the manufacturer and/or distributor. Many retail stores buy off-quality fabrics to offer attractive advertised prices. Discounted fabrics seldom have a warranty.

Q: Are there disadvantages to furnishing your own fabric?
A: Yes.  In many cases, your fabric roll is the only one available and not warranted. Flaws or pattern matching can take more fabric than may be available. You can be caught in the middle in the event of a fabric failure.  If the manufacturer can be traced, they are likely to claim it was not their fault.

Q: Do you save money on the total job by furnishing your own fabric?
A: No.  The cost should be the same or less when buying your fabric from us. Profit margins and overhead do not change whether we furnish the fabric or not. There is a cutting and handling charge when you supply your own fabric. Our fabric prices include the cutting and handling charge. When calculating yardages, we know the requirements for repeating patterns. We know how the patterns are oriented on the rolls and how to minimize scrap. In most cases, you will end up buying more retail fabric than you actually need.