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Out With the New, in With the Old: The State of Buying New vs Upholstering Old Furniture

Updated: Apr 5


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In a world constantly chasing the next best thing, the allure of buying new furniture can be tempting. Yet, as we navigate through endless aisles of mass-produced, "Made in China" goods, the hidden costs of these seemingly "bargain" purchases begin to surface. At Oscar's Upholstery Studio, we've witnessed firsthand the value of reupholstering over buying new. Here's why opting for upholstery repair or reupholstering your cherished pieces isn't just a choice—it's an investment in quality and longevity.


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The Hidden Costs of Cheap Furniture

The market is flooded with furniture boasting price tags that seem too good to resist. But

what lies beneath the surface? Often, these items are crafted from materials like cardboard, particle board, and melamine—substances that compromise the longevity of the furniture. The result? Pieces that quickly fall apart, destined for landfills. This fleeting lifespan starkly contrasts the durable, high-quality materials of yesteryears, such as solid wood and robust fabrics, designed to withstand the test of time.

There was a time where buying new meant getting an upgrade, but with the introduction of generic, private-labeled furniture hitting the market in the last decade, that is no longer the case. Many quality furniture manufacturers have been forced to shut their doors and the era of new purchases being of comparable quality to well-loved pieces is over. We have entered an era of planned obsolescence, where consumers are expected to purchase the same item several times over in just a few short years, driving record profits for large corporations, but emptying the pockets of consumers.

Here at Oscar's Upholstery Studio, our work is built to last. We do not cut corners and love to hear when a customer's item has lasted them over a decade. We take pride in our work and value longevity over quick profits, unlike large-scale furniture companies.



Interested in upholstery? Get a free quote to turn your old, high quality piece into a new, refreshed experience that is guaranteed to last you for years to come.

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