How much does it cost to refinish furniture?
Even the highest quality furniture gets outdated and may need to be refinished from time to time. A quick refinishing project can make even the oldest furniture look almost like brand new. Some homeowners prefer to do this as a DIY project, but it can be difficult to do a good job because of the complexity and skill of most refinishing jobs. Even when a professional is hired for furniture refinishing, the cost is generally much lower than the price to replace the furniture.
Wood Furniture Refinishing
- The cost to refinish wood furniture is influenced by factors such as the size of the item, the condition of the furniture, the type of finish that is being removed, and the type and matching of the new finish.
- For wood furniture, there are two main steps required: stripping the furniture to clean off the old finish and then refinishing it to apply the new finish.
- The hourly rate for a wood furniture refinisher ranges from $40-$60 per hour when the service is charged hourly.
- However it is usually charged as a flat rate:
- A basic dining room chair strip and refinish will cost between $125-$200.
- A basic five drawer dresser strip and refinish will cost between $300-$475.
- A basic coffee table strip and refinish will cost between $150-$250.
- The size of the metal furniture is the main cost influence.
- For metal furniture, there are two main steps required: sandblasting the furniture to clean off rust and other surface defects and powder-coating it in a second step.
- Most companies charge this as a flat rate per piece of furniture:
- Sandblasting and powder coating a 48” round table costs around $2 per inch of diameter. For example a 48” round table would cost $96.
- Sandblasting and powder coating a square or rectangular table costs around $0.07 per sq.in., so for a 48”x48” table the cost would be $161.
- Sandblasting and powder coating an arm chair usually costs a minimum of $75-$85.
- Sandblasting and powder coating a love seat usually costs a minimum of $100-$125.
Glass Furniture Repair
- The cost to repair glass furniture is influenced by the size of the furniture, the size and thickness of the glass replacement or repair, and any special patterns such as frosted glass or bronze glass.
- Glass furniture is either repaired (when there are small chips or scratches) or the entire glass piece is commonly replaced. Glass pieces are custom made for a particular type of furniture and its dimensions.
- Glass repair is often charged hourly and the labor costs can be anywhere from $30-$50 per hour. A table with a few small scratches should take about an hour to repair.
- A 48” round replacement glass for a round table costs $200-$300 with the price range being influenced by the glass type, edging, tempering requirements, and polish.
- A 48”x48” replacement glass for a square table costs $200-$350 with the price range being influenced by the glass type, edging, tempering requirements, and polish.
- A 12”x24” replacement for a rectangular glass shelf is between $50-$175 depending on the glass type, edging, tempering requirements, and polish.
Wicker Furniture Repair
- Wicker furniture repair costs are mainly affected by the complexity of the pattern and the size of the furniture.
- Wicker furniture repair is priced per inch of the longest rail needing repair.
- The cost to repair sheet cane, pressed cane or cane webbing wicker furniture is $4 per in. per longest rail. A 12”x12” section would cost $48 to repair, not including materials.
- The cost to repair 6mm herringbone twill or 6mm porch cane wicker furniture is $7 per in. per longest rail. A 12”x12” section would cost $84 to repair, not including materials.
- Antique wicker restoration is normally charged hourly, $50-$60 per hour is a common rate for a wicker repair professional:
- An antique wicker chair with a small amount of damage would take about 3-4 hours to repair, so the cost would be $150-$240.
- Reupholstering costs are comparable to buying new furniture because you are essentially getting a new piece of furniture on an old frame.
- Reupholstering is usually performed on heirloom, antique furniture or on other types of furniture that can’t be replaced.
- A full reupholstering for a three seat sofa including repairs, re-stuffing and new fabric can cost between $700 and $1200.
- Reupholstering a single cushion can cost about $60-$80.
- Reupholstering a dining chair can cost between $45 and $90.
Enhancement and improvement costs
- For wood refinishing, exact color matching takes additional effort and can add a premium of 10%-25% to the labor price.
- Custom metal powder coating colors can add an extra $100-$125 to the cost.
- Using higher quality glass like tempered glass, which is more damage resistant, or a higher quality glass type like low-iron, frosted, or bronze glass can add 20%-50% to the cost.
- Fabrics for reupholstering that can cost more include wool, leather, silk, linen or cotton, which can cost 2 to 10 times more than synthetic fibers. At the higher end are premium materials like silk or wool.
Additional considerations and costs
- The fact that a professional will perform them ensures that a quality refinish job or repair is made.
- For wood furniture refinishing, antiques that require a special finish or material will cost more based on the type of finish and material needed.
- Wood and metal furniture refinishing normally takes 3-5 weeks to perform depending on how many pieces are being refinished. Rush requests can add an extra 50%-75% to the price.
- For metal refinishing, some parts may need to be chemically stripped, this can add 40%-50% to the cost.
- Glass shelf replacements may need brackets 1 and their cost can be between $10-$15 per bracket.
- Hole drilling in glass replacements can cost an extra $50-$100 per piece.
- Loose back couches will cost more to reupholster than tight back couches.
- Most quotes for wicker repair and reupholstering do not include the fabric or materials which must be purchased separately.