Reupholstery? Sanity check, please.
Quick question. I've got a sofa made by CR Laine (8-way hand-tied and all that, if I am remembering correctly), bought in the mid-90's. It fits me, it fits my house, I like the overall style, but it smells musty and the fabric is worn out. So I've looked at a few new sofas, and the salespeople are all telling me that replacement would be a great idea because of the cost of reupholstery. I've also talked to a couple of upholsterers and fabric people, and they think my sofa is worth keeping. Just what you'd expect from both sides, right? So here's the thing. The upholstery quotes are more than I paid for the sofa, by the time you figure in fabric (also I got a great deal on the sofa as a floor sample at a furniture outlet all those years ago). It might be possible to find another sofa of similar quality for not much more than the cost of reupholstery, if I drive to the furniture outlets -- I am in NC, remember (I probably would look for another CR Laine since the size and construction suit me). BUT I am kind of getting excited at the idea of picking out my own fabric and not having to hunt for a new sofa which may or may not turn out to be as comfortable as this one has been. BUT also we have little kids, so maybe I shouldn't expect to get another 16 years out of whatever I do.
So the question is: am I crazy for thinking of spending north of $1000 for reupholstering a sofa that might need re-reupholstering in a few years, if the kids trash it? Or should I take my mom on a fun day trip to the furniture outlets (DH would be very happy not to go) and browse around, assuming we can find time? I have fabric samples lying across the sofa right now and I can just imagine how good it would look with all shiny new and NOT PLAID fabric on it... (not shiny either, but you know what I mean). If I were buying new I might get a more contemporary style of sofa, but then again these fabrics I'm looking at sure would give this old camelback a different look.
Thanks for listening. :)
p.s. If I replace it, it won't go to a landfill if one of the local charities will accept it in all its mustiness.