Antique reupholstery projects: chic and eco-friendly

Aug 6, 2008 by

Reupholstery couch

One of my favorite elements of using vintage and antique furniture in my home is the fact that it is eco-friendly.  Just today, I saved a mid-century modern desk from going into the landfill (pictures on the revamped desk to come).  Another great way to be kind to the environment, while creating a chic, unique look for your home, is to reupholster antique furniture or vintage furniture.  Let’s look at how your vintage stylishness saves the earth!

  •  When you reupholster antique furniture, you choose not to partake in the ridiculous amount of raw materials (and emissions!) that have to be shipped internationally for new furniture.
  • By reupholstering vintage furniture, you save it from its doomsday death in the landfills.  In the UK alone, more than 50,000 furniture pieces get tossed into landfills each year, and the US number is staggeringly higher.
  • It is true that furniture is not made like it previously was…and thus, probability indicates that the piece you are considering reupholstering has greater quality and more longevity than most of the selection on today’s market.

Now you have a reason to feel great about the fabulous reupholstered furniture you have in your home!  (Photo Credit: In House Design)

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10 Comments

  1. Lari

    Good points Grace! Furniture made today is way over-rated, and you can usually get antique pieces reupholstered for cheaper than that new piece of junk from Ikea.

  2. Amy

    Oh this resonates! So fortunate to not own a single piece of new furniture. Besides not having soul, as you said quality of past work is usually much higher (better structure, frame, design, etc.) than what is currently on the market. Exception is fantastic hand built artisan furniture of course.

    p.s. I just recently bought a great piece of vintage from you… your Scandinavian wooden love birds… so so pleased, thank you again, Grace! Hope you will be adding more to your shop once you are past the crunch!

  3. Grace

    Hi Amy! Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I am so happy that you enjoy the Scandinavian love birds and that they are in such a creative home :)

    I actually hearted your photography shop a few months ago, and I just made the connection that was you!!

  4. I was just chatting with my coworker about this yesterday at lunch . Don’t remember how we got on the topic really, they brought it up. I do remember having a wonderful steak salad with cranberries on it. I digress…

  5. I really enjoyed this post!

  6. really like your posts. btw i’m doing a report regarding this subject. do you know any great websites or maybe forums that I can learn more? thanks a ton.

  7. By the time people began felling trees for large structures, they would already have learned how to shape smaller pieces of wood into the tools needed to perform the task, and that there would be many uses for the smaller pieces of timber after the large trunk was cut to size. Little would be wasted, it would be logical to think a craftsperson would have much preferred to use a piece of already worked timber, than to labour at hewing some great tree, the toil could have been done many years before, probably by his father, or even earlier ancestors.

  8. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  9. It’s the first appearance of Idie Okonkwo, although u have fascinating ideas.one of the five lights of Generation Hope. She’s one of my favourites. Well, they’re all my favourites, but she’s intermittently hilarious and scary as hell to write. She’s also the one of the five who required the most research to write.

  10. Don’t remember how we got on the topic really, they brought it up.

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