That is a big one, 4 loose seats,4 loose backs assuming the webbing
and springs need redoing and the frame is ok i would charge about 1400
plus 300 cutting charge using your fabric you may find someone working
at home will be less but get referals hope this helps good luck -James
I would simply call around your area, using the yellow pages or getting referrals from friends or fabric stores. The prices will vary, probably greatly. Make sure you check out the quality and reputation of any one you might choose, PLEASE. Anyone who isn't eager to accommodate you in that regard doesn't deserve your business, in my opinion, 'cause it's a big investment.
Depending on the shape of the sofa, I would charge between 600 and 1000. Like James said, springs, webbing, new foam, will run the price up. but if you have it done, by all means, GET REFERENCES. Todd
That's a misconception, especially nowdays when there is so much cheap furniture(garbage)out there made in mexico, china and in U.S. sweatshops. Reupholstery shouldn't be viewed as the less expensive option, but as a better, higher quality option. In furniture manufacturing, for the most part, you have the mindset that you have to do X-amount of sofas per day, regardless. If you're getting paid by the piece, you aren't getting overtime pay if you have to stay later to meet your quota. So, you are going to cut corners. The quality control inspector gets grief from both sides, because the employees don't like it if he sends a piece back to be redone, and the management doesn't like it if production gets slowed down because of him either.
In a good upholstery shop, each piece is basically a custom piece, because your working with a different type of furniture each time, a different customer, different circumstances, different fabrics, etc. Because of that, you naturally go at it with a different mindset, and at a different pace. A good upholsterer will take the time to do those little things that make your furniture comfortable and better looking. Attention to detail are the operative words. In uph. shops, individual upholsterers make the decisions along with the customer on such things as what type and density of foam to use according to what you like, or whether to use something other than foam. They will repair or pad up the arms or back, they will take the needed time to match up patterns. Most high production factories would laugh at that prospect. They can retie or replace springs, can add a skirt or change the style of your sofa. If you tell your upholsterer, they can remedy problems as far as comfort or stability. They can show you how to update the look of your sofa. The upholsterers on this site as well as myself can describe numerous examples of taking tired old worn-out chairs and sofas and transforming them into literal 'works of art'. Many of us have the before and after pics to prove it. Not only did these pieces look fantastic, but the comfort was unmatched by any storebought product, at least in the low to medium range price. All that's needed to accomplish this is a good upholsterer that knows their stuff and a client that is willing to trust them and turn it over to them.
If you're looking for bargain basement type stuff, most upholsterers won't be able to accommodate you, but if you wan't a well built, well done, one of a kind piece of furniture your choice should be the local upholsterer. You can still get quality from a few 'high end manufacturers, but all you will have to choose from is their limited selection.
I hope others will respond to your post and give you their thoughts and cover something I left out. Todd