Eco Friendly DIY Chair Reupholstery

We wanted to dedicate a post to ordinary people creating extraordinary pieces from furniture most people would throw away. These people have an eye for seeing the potential in an old piece of furniture and the vision to make it into a beautiful work of art. Kudos to each and every person who is a successful DIY'er!

In our world today it is important to find creative ways to reduce waste. The term upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or higher environmental value. So not only are you having fun, you are helping to reduce waste.

We found five projects we wanted to share with our community. We hope you find them helpful and inspiring.

First Steps to Eco Design for Your Interiors

We are doing the green thing are you?

We commonly have homeowners and interior designers seeking our services for their eco design projects. We delight in taking an old piece of furniture and giving it a new life, particularly with eco friendly materials. It’s really like finding buried treasure! When we remove the old fabric to discover a well-built, hand-crafted piece of furniture, so well made that it that rarely needs structural alignment, it brings it all home. Since the piece of furniture is being reused instead of thrown in a landfill or waiting at the curbside, it is truly an environmentally friendly piece. It is amazing how a piece of old furniture with a makeover can add so much character to your space.


I love my job. I am always taken back by the stories behind special, sentimental family heirlooms. For example, a customer, stopped by this morning to take a peak at an antique, empire/sleeper sofa we are reupholstering for her mother who has Alzheimer's. Anne's mother is moving from her home of 54 years, to a condo for better proximity to Anne, her caretaker. As we were discussing changes she wanted for the sofa, she shared with me the sweetest story:

From Cabinet Upholstery to Wall Upholstery

We have upholstered sofas, chairs, ottomans, pillows, headboards, cabinets, and walls.

dsc pics 052 by Design Services of Charlotte.Recently designer Stephanie Welborne brought us an old piece of cabinetry they had sitting in their living room. They wanted to do a quick makeover to give it a face lift but wanted to keep the original integrity intact.

This project was fun from the beginning.