How much fabric do I need

How much fabric do I need?

Many people ask approximately how much fabric do I need for reupholstering furniture.

Below some illustrations on which areas to add into your measurement process. We also added a chart to give you our measurement suggested amount of fabric.

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Remember fabric runs in a running meter, which means 1 running meter is on average 1.4m wide

Where as when working with leather its measured in square meter (1000mm x 1000mm).



When shopping for fabric, you’ll find a tremendous variety of sizes, patterns, and materials, all factors that will affect how much you need.
To look at some patterns go to U&G Fabrics
Below a chart to give you our estimations.


Plain fabrics are the simplest to work with: Stripes, plaids, and other patterns must be matched at the seams to be consistent. Though this can be tricky for the upholsterer, a smaller stripe or plaid that is evenly spaced should not cause much cutting waste, so you shouldn’t need to allow for extra fabric. If you want welting, piping cord that covers the seams, from the same fabric, you’ll need a lot more. “Welting on a chair with a striped or plaid fabric automatically adds an extra meter and a half.


Some patterns will require extra metrics. “If you have a flower pattern with an 25cm repeat, that means it will be 25cm before you hit the next, identical flower. “To center Flower on the seat of a chair, on the back, and on the skirt, you’ll need to cut away excess fabric and fit the pattern correctly. Some patterns have very small repeats, 2cm or less; others are as large as 50cm. “In general, an 22cm repeat means you’ll need about 20 percent more fabric; a 35cm repeat, 40 percent more.
Do not run OUT OF FABRIC:
Never skimp on fabric and assume you will be able to go back to the store and buy more if necessary. This might seem like smart shopping, but it’s not: Never expect to get an exact fabric match the second time around. Dye lots change overnight. You might buy an extra meter of fabric that looks the same, but if the dye is slightly different, it won’t match the rest of the fabric.

For any reupholstering project, your most important task will be choosing fabric, you must determine not only the look and feel of the material, but also how much of it you’ll need. Determining fabric amounts is tricky, it is wise to consult a professional before you make a purchase. But it’s fun to be able to make at least your own estimate, and to understand the factors involved. The shape of the piece, the pattern of the cloth, any extras such as a skirt or welting Remember before jumping into a project, Since upholstery fabrics cost from about R60 to R800 per meter or more, knowing approximately how much you’ll need before you make a choice is helpful.

Repair or buy New

Does your Sofa need repairing?

Your sofas is 10 to 15 years old, the fabric was nibbled on by the dog, You raise your children on it and most of the cushions sits flat.
Worst of all the fabric is most probable way out of fashion. There are two basic choices here.
Buy a brand new set and take the old one to the nearest Hospice or…
Reupholster your old set.

If you decide to go for a total change, visit our Classic and Modern sofa page or send us a image of you dream sofa and we can custom built it for you.

But, if you know your old set’s frame is still in a superb condition and you think to reupholstering it, you need to plan it well.

The aspects to consider is as follows:

Fabric or leather (Fabric price between R19 to R1200 per running meter and Leather price between R180 to R315 per sqm).

Where to find the right fabric at the right price. (Visit U&G here)

Does the frame need some light repairs?

Foam: The density of the foam, Soft or more firm (Our policy is to replace all foam once your set is older than 3 to 4 years. Cost between R200 to R1000 per set).

Transport: How do you get your set to where ever its going for repairs? (We pick it up at no cost in Pretoria and surrounding areas, and R600 max outside Pretoria.

Re-up Period: How long is your set going to be away. (At born we try to lift your set on a Monday and have it back by Friday).

Warranties: What is the warranty or guarantee on the newly refurbished set? ( We can’t guarantee your frame, but we do warrant the new foam according to the manufacturers warranty, The fabric to the Fabric house’s warranty, 3 years on craftsmanship.)

Changes.: Do you need to higher the back or shorten the seat depth, or change the entire look. (This is our specialty, just send your set, we can provide references).

Born Furniture’s mission is to provide high quality service and customer satisfaction – We will do everything we can to meet your expectations. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry, please feel free to contact us for more information.

Repair or buy New