How Much Does It Cost To Reupholster A Couch?


(6’ couch with cotton blend fabric)
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Reupholster a Couch Costs

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If you have a couch that you love, but the upholstery has faded or even started to fall apart, you might be thinking about getting a replacement couch. However, that is not always the best option, particularly if you have a couch that you love. In some cases, you can simply reupholster the couch if the rest of it is still in good shape structurally. However, there is a chance that the reupholstering could cost as much as getting a brand new couch.

When you reupholster a couch, it has the added benefits of being eco-friendly. It means that the old couch is not going to end up in the trash. You can improve the look of your couch and have it better match any new décor you have in the room. You could even choose to add more stuffing, which could make a formerly uncomfortable couch a favorite new place to sit and relax.

Reupholster a couch: a 6’ couch with cotton blend fabric.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Cotton blend fabric $40 per yard 20 $800
Stuffing $25 per foot 6 $150
Material Cost $158.33 per foot 6 $950
Labor Cost (pickup and delivery) $75 fee 1 $75
Labor Cost (reupholstering) $80 per hour 6 $480
Total Cost $250.33 per foot 6 $1,505


Other considerations and costs

  • The type of fabric you choose to use, and whether it is natural or synthetic, will affect the overall cost of the reupholstering job.

  • The size of the couch and the number of cushions the couch has will affect the price, as well.

  • The area where you live will affect the price of labor. Areas with a higher cost of living will naturally have higher labor costs.

  • If the frame has any issues, it will need to be repaired, also adding to the cost.

DIY considerations

  • DIY reupholstering for a couch is possible, but it will require a certain level of skill when it comes to sewing. Be sure you have all the tools needed for the job before you start.

  • You could use the old fabric to help provide measurements and even to use it as a pattern when cutting the new fabric.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.

  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.

  • Literature review of DIY Websites.

How much does it cost to reupholster a couch in your city?
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Cost by city

(6’ couch with cotton blend fabric)
  • New York, NY$2,418
  • Bronx, NY$1,987
  • Brooklyn, NY$1,656
  • Philadelphia, PA$2,066
  • Washington, DC$1,792
  • Atlanta, GA$1,622
  • Miami, FL$1,475
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$1,545
  • Minneapolis, MN$1,812
  • Chicago, IL$2,112
  • Houston, TX$2,178
  • San Antonio, TX$1,462
  • Austin, TX$1,656
  • Denver, CO$1,399
  • Phoenix, AZ$1,476
  • Las Vegas, NV$1,620
  • Los Angeles, CA$1,825
  • San Diego, CA$1,656
  • San Jose, CA$2,000
  • Seattle, WA$1,465

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