Upholstery expert offers professional tips and free upholstery fabric samples!

Naples, FL (March 6, 2017)—A good piece of furniture can win the heart of its owner and earn a forever place in their home. But what happens when your favorite arm chair is so well-loved that it becomes worn, torn or stained? That’s where the latest installment in the Habitat Collier’s Do More with ReStore series of events comes in. On Wednesday, March 15, at 11 am at the Home Furnishings ReStore located on 11127 Tamiami Trail East, expert Tom Cnossen of Home Fashion Upholstery will host ReUpholster with ReStore and help attendees breathe new life into their most loved furniture.

“Quality furniture deserves a second chance,” believes Habitat for Humanity Collier County’s Director of Store Operations Mara Foley. “Tom’s going to give us pointers on how to determine if a piece is worth saving and how reupholstering with the right fabric can benefit both your decor and your wallet in the long run.”

ReUpholster with Restore is the third installment in the “Do More with ReStore” series of DIY (do-it-yourself) events hosted by professional designers to demonstrate how to reuse and repurpose home furnishings and building materials. During the event, Cnossen will discuss key factors that come into play when deciding to invest in upholstery repairs, whether done professionally or DIY, like the quality of your furniture and its sentimental value. Though a new couch or chair might cost less than quality reupholstery, it may not have the same longevity of older, quality-built furniture. There’s a lot of furniture today that’s not built for a second life—it’s not structurally sound enough to invest in, Cnossen says.

“If you have a piece with a well-made frame, it’s probably worth it,” says Cnossen. “Older furniture tends to be higher quality. Something that was your grandmother’s in the 30s or 40s is more likely to have dowel joints than be glued together—that’s worth investing in.”

On Wednesday, Cnossen will demonstrate how to quickly and inexpensively update a dining room seat by re-covering a sample seat with a new fabric and the assistance of a selected audience member. In addition to taking home tips on how select fabric from more than 200 rolls of fabric on display during the DIY event, all attendees will receive a free 2-yard cut of fabric from Home Fashion Upholstery.

This event is free and open to the public, but please note that seating is limited and spots fill up quickly. RSVP by calling (239) 732-1672 or email snolte@habitatcollier.org.


About Habitat for Humanity ReStores

For more than 10 years, the Habitat Collier Home Furnishings Store has provided the community with opportunities to make tax-deductible donations of unwanted items, reducing the amount of waste entering local landfills. It provides customers with an ever-changing collection of new and gently used furniture, housewares, and more at a fraction of the cost of buying new. In December 2015, Habitat Collier opened a second ReStore, a Discount Home Improvement Center, to provide the public with a greater selection of home improvement materials and appliances. Donations are accepted at either location and proceeds of the sale of donated items support the construction of affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity. For general questions about stores or to schedule a free donation pickup, call 239-732-6388.


About Habitat for Humanity of Collier County

Since 1978, Habitat Collier has built more than 1,900 homes in Naples and Immokalee. Habitat for Humanity of Collier County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles. The organization’s goal is to empower struggling families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Prospective home buyers go through an extensive financial screening, must volunteer sweat equity hours building homes and attend classes to learn about home maintenance, budgeting and community living. Habitat Collier is one of the oldest and most successful Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the world. To volunteer, donate, or learn more about Habitat and the construction of the 2,000th Habitat home in Collier County, call 239-775-0036.