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Almost everywhere you turn, you’ll find information about conserving the environment. Sustainability has been a significant topic over the last several years. Many people are looking for ways to reduce waste and protect the environment. Reupholsterers have been at the forefront of that fight by recycling old furniture and ensuring fewer pieces are in landfills. Reupholstery restores old furniture, like sofas and loveseats, and extends its lifespan. This practice increases sustainability. Read on to understand how reupholstery contributes to a sustainable environment.

Reduce Landfill Waste

The more items you dispose of, including old furniture, the more items end up in landfills. Some of that trash breaks down and fills the air with harmful chemicals. Other non-biodegradable material leads to harmful runoff that pollutes natural resources like lakes, streams, and surrounding soil. Keeping items off landfills prevents landfills from increasing, thus protecting the environment.

Reupholstery contributes to this because less furniture ends up in landfills. When you don’t buy new furniture but restore old furniture, you play an essential part in sustainability. You avoid entering the cycle of needing new furniture, thus reducing waste in landfills.

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Resource Conservation

Reusing parts of old furniture, such as frames and metal coils, reduces the demand for new raw materials in furniture production. Frames are usually wood or metal, requiring significant energy and resources. When reupholsterers salvage and refurbish existing frames, they help conserve resources such as timber and metal ores. This conservation of resources is critical to sustainability, as it reduces the environmental impact associated with resource extraction and processing.

Energy Savings

The manufacturing process of new furniture involves energy-intensive processes like mining, refining, shaping, and assembly. Reupholsterers eliminate the need for these energy-intensive manufacturing processes because they restore what has already been manufactured. This leads to significant energy savings and reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production. Additionally, transporting raw materials and finished furniture items consumes energy. Reusing existing parts reduces the need for transportation and further contributes to energy conservation.

Promotes a Circular Economy

Reupholstery follows the principles of a circular economy by keeping furniture in use for as long as possible through repair, restoration, and reuse. Unlike the “take-make-dispose” model of consumption, which leads to a lot of waste, the circular economy principle promotes a more sustainable approach. That’s because resources are kept in circulation, and waste is minimized. Promoting a circular economy contributes to sustainability by reducing resource depletion and minimizing waste generation.

Craftsmanship Preservation

Most old furniture is of superior quality. Finding superior craftsmanship in modern mass-produced furniture may take a lot of work. Reupholstery allows the preservation of this craftsmanship of older pieces. This preservation is essential for sustainability, as it maintains the continuity of valuable skills and knowledge across generations. Additionally, supporting skilled craftsmanship helps sustain local economies and promotes job creation in the community.

Encourages Conscious Consumerism

Furniture reupholsterers empower consumers to make more sustainable choices by providing an alternative to discarding furniture and purchasing new items. This shift towards conscious consumerism contributes to overall sustainability efforts by reducing consumption and waste generation in the furniture industry.

Which Parts of Old Furniture Can Be Restored

During reupholstery, skilled artisans can salvage and restore various parts of old furniture, contributing to sustainability and minimizing waste. Here are some common parts of old furniture that can be saved and reused:


The frame is the structural skeleton of furniture like sofas, ottomans, and chairs. Skilled reupholsterers assess the frame’s condition, repair the damage, and reinforce the weak areas to ensure structural integrity. While furniture may have worn-out cushions and fabrics, the frame is usually still in good condition or only needs minor repairs. Restoring the frame lays the foundation for a strong piece of furniture.

Spring and Coils

Metal springs are used in furniture to provide support and resilience. During reupholstery, reupholsterers assess the condition of the springs and coils to determine if they need repair or replacement. They check for signs of rust, corrosion, or sagging, which can affect the comfort and support of the furniture. If springs or coils are damaged or worn out, reupholsterers repair them by retying springs, replacing broken coils, or adding additional support. This process restores the original resilience and bounce of the furniture. Reusing springs and coils maintains the original comfort and functionality of the furniture while minimizing the need for new materials.

Wooden Legs and Trim

Wooden legs, arms, and decorative trim enhance the beauty and functionality of furniture. Reupholsterers carefully remove old finishes, stains, or scratches from wooden legs and trim to restore these parts. They may sand the surfaces to smooth out imperfections and apply new finishes such as varnish, stain, or paint to enhance the appearance and protect the wood.

If wooden legs or trim are damaged or loose, reupholsterers repair them by gluing loose joints, filling cracks or gouges, and reinforcing weak areas. This restores the wood’s structural integrity and prevents further deterioration. Preserving the original wooden elements ensures the furniture retains its character and charm while reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing new wood components.

Hardware and Fasteners

Hardware such as screws, nails, and bolts used in furniture construction can be salvaged and reused during reupholstery. Reupholsterers carefully remove and store these hardware components, replacing any damaged or missing pieces as needed. Reusing existing hardware reduces the need for new materials and minimizes waste in the reupholstery process.

Sustainable Reupholstery With CLS Custom Upholsterers & Refinishing

These benefits explain why furniture reupholstering has become a popular option. At CLS Custom Upholsterers & Refinishing, we are champions of environmental sustainability. That’s why we offer reupholstery services to reduce waste. Our experts will carefully restore your furniture, extending its lifespan. If you have old furniture that needs restoration, partner with us today, and let us help you contribute to environmental conservation.

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