How do you find your upholstery fabric at good prices?

Lisa Motley
by Lisa Motley

I’ve started reupholstering , mainly chairs, just as a hobby. I was wondering where everyone found cheap/discount upholstery fabric. It is so expensive to buy in most retail stores. If I decide to do them for the public, I need to be able to cut my cost some. Thanks in advance.

  5 answers
  • Beth Beth on Jan 19, 2019


    For now, there are discount upholstery houses online -- just google "discount upholstery fabrics". Also, most major cities have such places, if you live near one. Again, google.

    If you do decide to do this for the public, you will create a business and get a business license and tax ID number. Then you will be able to contact fabric wholesalers who will send a rep out to you and set you up with books of fabric samples from which your clients can select what they want for their job. Most of the time you will have to pay for these books in the beginning, but the more impressive your workshop and your work history/client list, the better chance you have of getting them for free (impress the rep!). Good luck.

  • 26061930 26061930 on Jan 19, 2019

    You didn't say where you are located. In my area there are fabric outlet stores. "Len's Mills" ... loads of good fabrics for better prices.

  • Lisa Motley Lisa Motley on Jan 19, 2019

    Thanks girls. Sorry, I’m in Kentucky. In the boonies to be exact. lol

  • Oliva Oliva on Jan 19, 2019

    Depending upon quantity needed, you may find better fabrics on Etsy or Ebay.

    The newer, imported fabrics from China are, for the most, of inferior grade and not lack durability.

    The best buys are on bolts.

  • Lisa Motley Lisa Motley on Jan 19, 2019

    Thanks for all the tips girls, I appreciate it.