Asked on Apr 5, 2019

How to get free upholstery materials?

PJaniceNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


I notice frequently people putting chairs and sofas out for the trashman. I noticed the backs of them are like new, unused! I need some material for a car console I was making. Thirty seconds with a box cutter and I got more than enough. Recycle/repurpose.

q how to get free upholstery materials
8 answers
  • Bob in Florida.
    on Apr 5, 2019

    Thanks. My new car had no console. None available. For less than $10 and a couple of hours work, I now have a sturdy, presentable, increase of practical storage, and a place to carry a readily available firearm.

  • K. Rupp
    on Apr 5, 2019

    OH AWESOME!!! That is so cool! You would have spent a lot for the upholstery at a fabric store. I love what you did!

  • Maribeth
    on Apr 6, 2019

    I use the old swatches from furniture stores. Some of them are quite large. They are quite useful.

  • Sally-Charles Evans
    on Apr 6, 2019

    Wow! Great idea!

  • Fantastic idea! We don't have that type of trash service. They have a spring clean up and a fall clean up day, that's, it. Otherwise if it doesn't fit in the bin, it is up to you to dispose of responsibly. And carrying a firearm has a completely different set of rules. Not allowed to be in car cabin, must be in trunk, unloaded. But hey, this is LA with 10 million+ people - there needs to be rules or these people will run amuck.

  • Janice
    on Apr 7, 2019

    That's a great idea. You are the queen of upcycling! Thanks for sharing this, I'd never have thought of doing that.

  • P
    on Apr 10, 2019

    Second hand clothing stores in our area have twice yearly 'bag sales' -all you can fit into a trashbag for $10 or $5 - many ball gowns & formals & men's suit coats, & draperies, are made of heavy weight fabric that can be used to re-upholster things with - conversely, if you have a chair you want to keep as is that's showing wear, use the matching fabric on the back to repair the front & put plain coordinating or contrasting fabric, on the back - a velvet or denim back for example!

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