Cost to Reupholster a Chair: Dining, Living, and Leather Chairs

Blog Posts  |  Cost  |  FAQ  |  August 3, 2020

Reduce, Reuse, Reupholster! 

Reupholstery can be the perfect way to rescue your favorite comfy recliner or breathe life into an old dining room set. 

Reupholstering the chairs in your household can even be a great way to revamp a tired or outdated room. You can even transform the look and feel of an entire room by simply updating the fabrics, patterns, and textures that decorate it. 

Reupholstery seems like a great way to refresh your home, so what is holding you back? You may be wondering how much it costs to reupholster a chair. You may even be debating between the cost of re-upholstery or buying new. 

This article will provide a comprehensive outline of the costs associated with reupholstering different types of chairs in your home. After reading you will feel confident in your choice to reupholster, or not, with a good idea of how much it would cost.

Is it Cheaper to Reupholster or Buy New?

Reupholstering is a great way to recycle and revamp your furniture, but it isn’t always the most affordable option. In fact, reupholstering furniture can often cost more than replacing it. 

You want to ensure that reupholstering is the right choice for you!

When to Reupholster

  • The reupholstering cost is less than the total cost of buying a new piece of furniture (consider the cost of protection plans, delivery and assembly fees associated with buying new furniture) 
  • The piece of furniture holds a sentimental value that is irreplaceable: a family heirloom, antique, furniture that you love
  • The piece of furniture is expensive and customized
  • The fabric or padding is worn out or stained
  • The furniture is older with a solid, handcrafted wood frame that was built to last longer than cheaper, mass-produced furniture 
  • The furniture is out of style and doesn’t match the look of the rest of the home
  • You want to customize the look, feel, and style of existing furniture

When to Buy New

  • The furniture was cheap and low-quality to begin with
  • You don’t like the style of the existing piece of furniture
  • The furniture has no sentimental value
  • The piece of furniture is too large or too small for space
  • If the frame isn’t well-built or has significant structural damage
  • If reupholstering is more expensive and you are on a limited budget
  • If the current chair you own is not the right fit for your body type

If you are stuck on this choice, check out the article Repair vs. Replace Damaged Furniture: How to Decide.

Cost Averages

Most Canadian homeowners spend an average of $388 to $1,702 per piece of reupholstery. Upholstery price averages take into account both labour and fabric costs required for the project. In general, these averages reflect an estimate of what you can expect to pay.

Average Upholstery Prices

National Average Cost

$851

Minimum Cost

$100

Maximum Cost

$5,000

Average Range

$388 to $1,702

These averages provide a generalized idea of what to expect when it comes to reupholstery costs but it becomes more specific when considering different types of furniture. This article will focus on the estimated cost of reupholstering chairs.

Average Chair Upholstery Prices

On average, it costs between $200 to $1,000 to reupholster a chair. Upholstery fabrics cost between $30 to $60 per yard and labor charges are about $50 to $100 per hour. 

These prices are dependent on a variety of factors and subject to change.

Factors Affecting Cost

  • The size of the piece
  • The quality of the fabric selected
  • Necessary repairs to the piece of furniture 
  • The wood finish on the chair
  • Labor costs: can vary depending on the complexity of the project and the upholsterer you choose

Also, keep in mind that extra fees can apply under specific circumstances. For example, you may run into extra costs when attempting to match patterns, when working with white, leather, shiny, or patterned fabrics. Additionally, you can expect extra costs when dealing with the recovery of finishes such as welting, tufting, skirts, or decorative nail heads. 

It is also important to consider the costs of potential furniture transportation or in-home services required for the project. 

Further, when considering the costs of reupholstering a chair, the price estimate can become more specific depending on the type of chair in mind.

Cost to Reupholster Dining Room Chairs

A dining room is an essential gathering space in a house. It is where you enjoy meals and occasions with your family and friends. It is important that this space continuously reflects your style and comfort preferences.

 If your dining room is feeling outdated or worn, reupholstering the dining room chairs can be a great way to re-energize your time spent in the dining room. 

On average, the cost to reupholster a dining room chair costs between $150 to $300 each. If the chair has cushioned backing, the cost of reupholstering ranges from $400 to $600 each. Additionally, a wooden parsons chair with unique trim would cost $350 to $700 to reupholster. 

A traditional dining room table has 6 chairs. In this case, you are looking at $900 to $3,600 in cost. 

This table breaks down the potential cost of reupholstering the different types of dining room chairs …

Type of Dining Room ChairAverage Cost
Flat or Boxed Slip Seat$100 – $200
Side Chair Seat$150 – $250
Side Chair Seat & Back$300 – $550
Standard Occasional Chair$150 – $300
Occasional Chair with Back$400 – $600
Parson’s Chair$350 – $700
6-Dining Chair Set$900 – $3,600

Cost to Reupholster Living Room Chairs

The living room is the centerpiece of the home. It is where you enjoy time relaxing and socializing with your loved ones. It is also where you kick-up your feet to recover after a long day. So much time is spent in this room and it is important to be surrounded by furniture that is comfortable and reflects your current taste.

Instead of replacing the chairs in your living room, you may consider reupholstering them as a way to update the room. The costs of reupholstery can vary depending on the type of living room chair being worked on.

Recliner

The average cost to reupholster a recliner is $600 – $2,000 depending on the quality of the unit. For example, it may be more expensive to reupholster a mechanical recliner compared to a stationary recliner. The project of reupholstering a mechanical recliner would be much more complex as it involves navigating the power mechanisms embedded within the structure of the chair.

Type of Recliner Average Cost
Stationary Recliner$600 – $1,200
Mobile or Antique Recliner$1,200 – $2,500
Pillows or Pockets
  • $40 – $80 each

 

Other Types of Living Room Chairs

Average Cost
Chaise Lounge$700 – $1,500
Leather Living Room Chair$800 – $2,000
Wingback Chair$600 – $1,500

 

Cost to Reupholster Leather Chairs

The cost to reupholster chairs covered in leather can differ compared to fabric. Leather costs between $40 to $250 per yard. 

The cost of a piece of leather depends on the source, how suppliers treated it, and what finishes are applied to the final product. For example, many leather upholstered products finished with decorative nails to secure the thick material. 

On average, the cost to reupholster a leather chair costs $800 to $2,000

While the cost of leather upholstery can be quite expensive, it tends to last longer. Leather material is thick and tough, which proves to be durable despite frequent use.

Labour Costs

Regardless of what piece of furniture is being reupholstered, labour costs can make up a significant portion of the overall cost. 

Upholsterers typically charge $50 to $100 per hour. How much they choose to charge depends on the complexity of the project and the upholsterer’s expertise.

If the upholsterer works on the furniture from within your home, you may have to account for service call fees. These fees range from $70 to $120.

Alternatively, if the reupholstered works on the furniture in their own workshop, you may have to pay for transportation fees ranging from $100 to $300

For a better idea, this table provides estimates for labor costs based on the type of chair being reupholstered.

Chair TypeAverage Labour Cost
Recliner$400 – $600
Living Room Chair$250 – $600
Dining Room Chair$250 – $600
Wingback Chair$350 – $600

What’s Next?

You now have a better idea of how much it costs to reupholster chairs in your home. If the costs outlined in this article are out of your price range or you feel as though reupholstery is not for you, not to worry. There are many other ways to refresh your living space!

At La-Z-Boy, we offer a wide variety of dining room sets as well as comfortable living room furniture, such as the infamous La-Z-Boy recliner. Join us at one of our local locations to browse our wide selection of furniture. Book ahead to meet with a personal consultant who would be happy to find you a comfortable and stylish replacement that is within your budget to revive the rooms in your home. 

If it is a unique look that you are going for, consider taking advantage of the customization options at La-Z-Boy. All furniture offered online or in-store can be customized to meet your specific style and preferences. 

You can learn all about our customization services at La-Z-Boy by reading the article Custom Furniture at La-Z-Boy: What to Expect.

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