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Design from A to Z: U Is For Upholstery

by Erin Austen Abbott

Every day we are surrounded by upholstered furniture like sofas, chairs, benches and everything in between. From lush velvet fabrics to vintage tweed, furniture can be recovered or reupholstered in just about any fabric you can dream up. That’s one thing that I love so much about upholstered furniture — you can make it your own, working in your personal style, and fit it into any room of your home. While big projects, like a sofa, might be best left to a professional, there are many weekend DIY projects that you can tackle yourself when it comes to upholstered furniture.

From the many home tours, studio tours, and DIY projects here at Design*Sponge, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite upholstery pieces for your inspiration. Enjoy! —Erin

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Jessica Helgerson of Portland, OR gives us a beautiful, built-in sofa in burnt orange velvet.

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This pink sectional makes me want to head to the closest thrift store, find an old sofa and start recovering it right away.

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With an “I can build anything” mentality, Philadelphia homeowners took it upon themselves to build many of the pieces in their home — or at the least, reupholster many of their vintage finds. Their sofa is a dream!

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This North Carolina home tour is full of mid-century modern pieces, many of which have been reupholstered by the homeowners, bringing new life to their furniture.

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If you are looking for an easy weekend project, this dining chair upholstery DIY might be exactly what you need.

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Shea McGee of Studio McGee offers up a beautiful print on this bold, wingback chair.

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As part of their Delhi showroom, furniture designers Iqrup + Ritz show just how well their upholstered furniture can look together.

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Making a statement in this hall is an upholstered bench, which ties in perfectly with the large piece of art hung in the corner.

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Nicole Crowder shows off one of her pieces that she both designed and upholstered.

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In what has to be one of my most favorite homes to date, actor Gbenga Akinnagbe shares one of the pieces from his furniture line, Enitan.

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