Several times a week, sometimes more than once a day, we have customers asking for advice on how much fabric to purchase when they are reupholstering a piece of furniture. Rarely, of course, do they drag the furniture into the store! Usually, we get a verbal description ("It's a sofa, kind of long. Well, not super long, but not a love seat.") and not very accurate measurements ("Uh, I don't know, maybe 6 feet?").
As you can imagine, it's tough to give estimates under those conditions! Even if we ask detailed questions ("Are the cushions attached or separate? Is there a skirt around the bottom? Fully upholstered or wood showing?") . . . even if we show some line drawings of basic furniture shapes . . . even if the customer has a picture on her phone to show us.
We have found a website, however, that includes color, detailed pictures of a huge variety of furniture!
Don't let the word leather stop you . . . this website's estimates work for upholstery fabrics, too.
They have illustrations and estimates for lots of chairs . . .
And for lots of styles and lengths of sofas and loveseats . . .
As well as stools, hassocks, and benches . . . curved banquette, anyone?
You can even print out color copies of their upholstery estimate guides to use when you're fabric shopping.
(Yup, we've printed them out to use here at the store.) Or pull them up on your phone while you're shopping.
This useful website is provided by the Leather Hide Store in North Carolina. Click here to access it.
Our Ragtime Staff