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How Much Does it Cost to Reupholster a Couch? Latest Rates

In this article, I will tell you about the cost for DIY, cost for reupholstering of couches using small machines and cost required by professionals. Read more

How Much Does it Cost to Reupholster a Couch? Latest Rates

Are you worried about the reupholstering of your couch and the costs associated with the entire process?

Do you want to get your couch reupholstered but you don’t know about the methods and expenses?

You don’t need to worry at all because I got you covered!

When it comes to the reupholstering of a couch, the things that you need to take into consideration are the methods that can be used, the materials required, and the expenses that come alongside.

Couches due to excessive wear and tear need to be reupholstered after some time to keep them protected and increase their lifespan.

Knowing the appropriate methods for the reupholstering and also the expenses that need to be attended helps a lot.

If the correct method is used according to the person’s affordability, the couch can be reupholstered with high accuracy and quality.

In this guide, I will explain in depth the methods to reupholster your couch and also about the cost required for each method as well as the average cost.

Just before I jump into the details related to the methods and the cost, here is a short and quick overview of all the methods that I will be discussing in this article i.e., only if you don’t want to read the entire article.

  1. DIY Reupholstering: When it comes to DIY reupholstering, you would need materials like fabric, foam, scissors, pliers, screwdriver, etc.
    Remove the existing upholstery, inspect and replace the padding, clean the frame, cut and attach the new fabric, sew it and then trim it, make it secure with tacks or trim, and then reassemble the couch.
  2. Reupholstering by Professionals: When it comes to the professionals, you would need to research upholstery shops for your couch. Gather information and visit the shop to consult the professionals.
    Request the job for the re-upholstering process and wait for them to visit your house and get the couch reupholstered. You can take the couch to the professionals as well to get it reupholstered.

As I have discussed the methods for the reupholstering of your couch, now I’ll tell you about all the details that you should know.

Preparing for Reupholster

Talking about the reupholstering process, the beginning stage holds a lot of importance. Before you even start to reupholster your couch, you should have all the suitable and required materials gathered in one place to avoid any problems and delays.

This saves your time and your valuable efforts.

These materials would help you in making the re-upholstering process smooth, easy, and efficient. Make sure that all the materials are gathered beforehand.

After gathering the materials, the next step is to identify which type of couch you have i.e., sectional, loveseat, recliner, etc.

You can also get expert advice for the re-upholstering process to avoid any type of mishap and to save time and effort. Remember to use suitable materials and tools for the process to avoid any kind of damage and to ensure a smooth re-upholstering process.

After doing both these steps, you can start with the reupholstering process. Choose the most suitable method according to the materials that you have and also according to your budget.

The methods can either be DIY reupholstering, reupholstering by small machines, or by professionals.

What is the Average Cost?

Talking about the average cost for the reupholstering of couches, it varies according to the method being deployed.

I’ve conducted my extensive research to find the average cost for the re-upholstering process for all three methods, and I’ve mentioned them in their respective categories.

Method 1: DIY Reupholstering

DIY reupholstering cost

You will require certain specific materials for the DIY reupholstering of your couch. I have mentioned those materials below.

Materials Needed:

1. New Upholstery Fabric
2. Foam or Batting
3. Scissors or Utility Knife
4. Staple Gun and Staples
5. Needle and Heavy-duty Thread
6. Sewing Machine
7. Upholstery Tacks or Trim (optional)
8. Fabric Glue or Adhesive Spray
9. Trim Removal Tools
10. Dust Cover Fabric
11. Pliers
12. Flathead Screwdriver

1. Remove Existing Upholstery:

First comes the step to remove the existing upholstery.
You can remove the existing upholstery from the couch by using different tools like a screwdriver, pliers and trim removal tools, etc.
Use a variety of tools to carefully detach the old upholstery fabric from the couch’s frame.

Remember to pay attention to the order of the layers of the couch because this will help you in the reassembling process and you will be able to put the couch back together properly.

The Average Cost for the DIY Reupholstering

The overall average cost varies based on the materials that you have selected for the re-upholstering process, but normally it can range from $100 to $500 for the fabric, padding, and other supplies.

Method 2: Small Machines for Reupholstering

reupholstering cost using small upholstery tools

Materials Needed:

  1. Portable Sewing Machine
  2. New Upholstery Fabric
  3. Foam or Batting
  4. Scissors and/or Utility Knife
  5. Staple Gun and Staples
  6. Needle and Heavy-duty Thread
  7. Upholstery Tacks or Trim (optional)
  8. Fabric Glue or Adhesive Spray
  9. Trim Removal Tools
  10. Dust Cover Fabric
  11. Pliers
  12. Flathead Screwdriver


1. Follow DIY Steps 1-3:

In terms of this method of reupholstering, you have to follow the same process of removing the existing upholstery from the couch. Then inspect it properly and then replace the padding and follow these steps by cleaning the couch thoroughly.
Make sure that these steps are followed to ensure a proper re-upholstering process.

2. Utilize Portable Sewing Machine:

For sewing the new upholstery fabric with the couch, you can use a portable sewing machine. The sewing machine helps you stitch the fabric in those inaccessible and tight areas. Sometimes, hand sewing gets tough, hectic, and quite time-consuming, so sewing with a portable sewing machine is a very good alternative.

3. Small Machine for Stapling:

Remember to use a small stapler instead of a regular staple because sometimes it gets really difficult to maneuver and handle it. This helps in tight spaces when specifically working with intricate designs.
You can fasten staples into the fabric with not that much force, or effort and quite smoothly.

4. Compact Tools:

Make sure that the tools that you choose are compact in nature. Compact tools can fit in small workspaces and help in reupholstering the couch with ease.
These tools are quite easy to carry around and handle because of their compact size and lightweight design.

5. Detailed Stitching:

Carefully use the sewing machine and the stapler for detailed stitching in areas that require intricate work. This helps in detailed stitching, adding cleanliness to the couch overall, and for tailored finishes.
The extra amount of detail added to the design can make your couch look new and fresh.

6. Precision with Portable Tools:

You should make sure that the precision factor is maintained when you’re especially working with smaller tools. Highly precise work can produce accurate results. Fully utilize your time in working with the couch and make sure that the couch is reupholstered properly.

The Average Cost for It

For working with smaller machines, the price is generally higher than DIY and generally lower than professional services. On average, the cost ranges from $150 to $700, depending on the fabric quality and additional materials used.

Method 3: Take to the Professionals for Reupholstering

reupholstering cost by professionals


1. Research Upholstery Shops:

You will have to find an upholstery store that has a solid reputation for its quality work. You can check their reviews online to learn about their work and their customer support services.

2. Get Recommendations:

You can get recommendations from your friends and family or online communities for upholstery shops as well. Their personal experiences can help you a lot in finding a suitable shop for reupholstering your couch.

4. Visit and Consult Shops:

Remember to visit various shops, for consultation with professionals as they can help you make informed decisions about the reupholstering process and other design options, etc.

5. Drop Off Couch:

After finding the most suitable shop and also consulting the professionals, it’s time to drop off your couch. Schedule an appointment to drop it off at the shop. Provide any information that you think is relevant i.e., your preferences, specific requirements, or any issues that you face with the couch.

6. Keep yourself updated:

If the reupholstering of your couch takes time, keep asking them for updates and inquire with them regarding the current progress of the reupholstering process. The professionals can also provide you with pictures and videos to show the current progress of the couch.

7. Inspect the Finished Work:

After the couch has been reupholstered properly, remember to thoroughly inspect It. Check it for the craftsmanship, alignment, and overall aesthetics of the couch. Inspection holds a lot of importance.

8. Pick Up the Couch:

As the inspection is complete, you should arrange a convenient time to pick up the finished couch from the shop. During the pickup, remember to inspect the couch one last time to make sure that it fully meets your expectations.

9. Pick it up from your house:

You can also request the shop to come and pick up the couch from your house for the re-upholstering process and then drop it off once it is done. This would cost you some extra cost for the delivery charges but it would save you from a hectic routine and a tough time.

The Average Cost for Professional Reupholstering

Talking about the professional reupholstering process, on average it costs from $800 to $3,000 or more, depending on how complex the job is and also the fabric that you have chosen. Prices may vary based on geographic location and the reputation of the upholstery store.


Now for the conclusion, I have discussed all the methods related to the reupholstering of your couch and also the average cost for each method.

I have precisely explained all the methods in clear and easy-to-understand words.

Here is a quick recap of the methods:

  1. DIY Reupholstering: Remove the existing upholstery, inspect and replace the padding, clean the couch frame thoroughly, and then cut and attach new fabric using a staple gun and sewing machine, furthermore you can secure it with tacks or trim, reassemble the couch, and inspect it one more time to check for any flaws.
  2. Reupholstering with Small Machines: Follow the same DIY steps with a large focus on using the portable sewing machine and the staple gun. Fully use compact tools for intricate work and in order to maintain precision.
  3. Reupholstering by Professionals: Do research to find upholstery shops, get recommendations from family and friends, remember to consult professionals, drop off the couch at the shop, keep yourself updated on the progress, inspect the reupholstered couch, and pick it up from the shop.

For a more detailed guide on the cost of reupholstering the couch and similar things, refer to our other articles. 

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Aleksy Kazmer

Aleksy is a full-time blogger born and raised in Warsaw. After earning a degree in MS English from Oxford University, he began utilizing his skills as a content writer to express what he’s most passionate about. Whether it's home improvement, decor, furniture, cleaning products, or DIY projects. Aleksy has a natural curiosity to pursue hidden tips and share them with readers.