Ditch or Fix: When to Reupholster Your Furniture


Getting your furniture reupholstered is a labor of love that can help you get far more valuable from each piece.  You will need the assistance of some professionals that have the materials and experience to give you the end result that you are looking for.  But how do you know when to reupholster your furniture? This is a personal decision … Read More

Hidden Gems: How to Identify Antique Chairs

antique chairs

You walk into an antique store. You’re searching for an antique chair that will complement your old-fashioned dining room. A floor associate sells you on an old chair that seems like it came from around 1900. You’re not quite certain, as the chair resembles the vintage variety. The associate seems unsure. He also seems eager to sell the old chair so it will take up … Read More

This Is Why We Do What We Do! (Best Review)

This is why we do what we do! (best review)

Fabric stores come and go but there is a reason why Beckenstein has been supplying New York City with upholstery fabric for more than 100 years. Unlike your typical fabric store, we understand what goes into each textile, what creates the perfect finished product and how the material will wear over time. Our commitment to our customers’ experience is reflected … Read More

Your Guide to Custom Slipcovers

Your Guide to Custom Slipcovers

DIY upholstery novices are often overwhelmed by the prospect of re-upholstering an entire chair or sofa. Having to work with trim, nails, staples, and scissors is often more than weekend warriors can wrap their heads around. Fortunately, there is a less intimidating option for updating the look of your favorite furniture piece without the fear of ruining its upholstery – … Read More

The Definitive Guide to Reupholstering

Definitive Guide to Reupholstering

You are likely here because you are considering reupholstering that one piece of furniture yourself. Congratulations! You are about to embark on a centuries-old process that is both exciting and a little nerve-racking. Fortunately, giving your home a new look with upholstery doesn’t have to be intimidating. All you need is a little know-how, a few tools and some patience … Read More

The Beginner’s Guide to Upholstery

The Beginner's Guide to Upholstery

You see it across the way. That perfect little piece in the corner of the thrift store with the insane, original 1970’s print in burnt orange. The wood is in great shape and the price can’t be beaten. It will even fit in the back of your car. You seriously consider taking it home. After all, you can just reupholster … Read More

The Definitive Guide to Decorative Fabric

Definitive Guide to Decorative Fabric

Thanks to our handy “Everything there is to know about fabric” guide, you are a budding expert on this textile that is so vital to our everyday lives. But there was one important category of material that we at Beckenstein Fabrics felt deserved its own fabric guide – decorative fabric. The material you need for pillows, upholstery, curtains, or valances … Read More

Everything There Is to Know about Fabric

Everything there is to know about fabric

We all use it. We all love it, even when we don’t really understand it. Fabric is a vital part of our lives. From clothing to couches, mattresses to pillows, fabrics are everywhere around us, but we seldom give them a second thought. Beckenstien Fabrics is on a mission to change that with our definitive guide to designer decorative fabrics. … Read More

Upholstering furniture: Where to begin?

Upholstering furniture: Where to begin?

You spot it across the room at your favorite thrift store. The perfect chair. The lines are timeless, the size is perfect, and you can see beneath the orange vinyl from the 1970’s it has “great bones.” Or maybe you recently inherited your grandmother’s Queen Anne sofa she inherited from her mother. The wood is in great shape, but the … Read More

Color, Texture, Pattern, Shine: Brighten your Life with Fabrics!

Color, Texture, Pattern, Shine: Brighten your Life with Fabrics!

When it comes to decor, there are two general types of people. First, there are those that do not fear varying colors, textures, patterns or shine. They mix mediums, combine unusual patterns in the same color family, experiment with different curtains, upholstery, throw pillows, and blankets to give their space a beautiful, vibrant feeling. Then there’s those that live for … Read More