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Why Re-upholstering can be expensive in New Zealand?

We have had customers at Herati Tailors ask us, why is Re-upholstering furniture so expensive.

Its true it can be an expensive endeavor, especially in New Zealand. There are a few reasons why this is the case:

  1. Labour costs: Upholstering is a skilled trade that requires a lot of time and expertise. In New Zealand, labour costs are relatively high compared to other countries, which contributes to the overall cost of upholstering.

  2. Material costs: Quality fabrics, leathers, and other materials used in upholstering can be expensive. These materials must be imported and are subject to currency fluctuations, which can drive up the cost.

  3. Customization: Many people choose to have custom upholstery work done on their furniture. This includes choosing specific fabrics and designs, and making modifications to the furniture to fit the specific space. All of these factors can contribute to the cost of the project.

  4. Redoing: Reupholstering any piece of furniture or product costs more because you need to undo whats already made and redo it. Requires twice the time and effort than to make a new one from scratch.

Herati tailor can make your reupholstering journey fit your budgets and save the planet. Talk to us today with your projects big or small and we will give you reasonable options.


Why Should you consider re-upholstering?

Despite the cost, re-upholstering can be a great investment in your home. Not only does it breathe new life into old furniture, but it can also increase the value of your home.


Re-upholstering can save the planet by reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. When furniture is no longer usable or in style, many people choose to throw it away and buy new furniture. This results in a large amount of waste, as well as the use of resources and energy to produce new furniture.


Re-upholstering, on the other hand, allows you to keep your existing furniture and give it a new lease on life. By removing the old fabric and replacing it with new, the furniture is effectively "recycled" and given a new purpose, reducing the need for new furniture to be produced.

Additionally, reupholstering can also reduce the amount of pollutants and emissions associated with the production of new furniture. The production of new furniture often involves the use of harmful chemicals and the cutting down of trees, both of which can be detrimental to the environment. By reusing existing furniture, these negative impacts are reduced.

Reupholstering also allows for greater creativity and personalization, giving you an opportunity to create a unique and personalized piece of furniture that is tailored to your style and needs.

In summary, reupholstering is an environmentally friendly option that can help reduce waste, conserve resources and energy, and minimize pollution and emissions. It's a great way to give new life to old furniture while reducing the environmental impact of buying new.


Upcycling can be as simple as giving an old piece of furniture a fresh coat of paint or as complex as reupholstering it with new fabric. The possibilities are endless, and it's a great way to add a personal touch to your home while saving money.


In conclusion, upholstering can be expensive in New Zealand, but it's a worthwhile investment in your home. If you're on a budget, consider talking to us regarding your old furniture as an alternative and we can make something work with in your budget. With a little creativity and some elbow grease, we can give your home a fresh new look without breaking the bank.


Contact us today.

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