I chose the name Everafter for my business because I want my clients to have a fairy-tale ending with their project or treasured piece of furniture.
I began my career in Chemical Engineering in 1992 and worked in the corporate world in various positions for almost 9 years. While working full time, I took night classes in upholstery at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, following a passion for rescuing and restoring antique furniture - all the treasures I had filled my cozy house with. Finding that the corporate life was not a good fit, I established my upholstery business at home in 1999 where I would also be able to work while raising a family.
Having an engineering background provides me with a unique set of talents. I am a dedicated hard worker, committed to quality and precise craftsmanship, with an analytical and practical style in this creative outlet. I enjoy working with clients, solving problems, helping find the right fabric and style for the project as well as educating about the process and individual piece. I particularly enjoy working with antiques and have had the opportunity to reupholster several pieces for the Minnesota Historical Society’s Burwell House in Minnetonka.
I have also been an active and contributing member of the Professional Upholsterer's Association of Minnesota (PUAM) since 2003, a collaborative group of individual business owners who support each other and work to promote the field of upholstery. For many years I volunteered as half of the marketing committee facilitating the participation of the PUAM at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show twice. I also created the member profiles on-line and the PUAM promotional brochure. My current role for the last several years has been as Treasurer and throughout my membership years I have helped plan meetings and done demonstrations to help educate members.
Why Everafter Upholstery?
What Is Furniture...Quality?
Furniture is made up of a few basic components. There is a frame; springs and foundation; padding; and fabric. The quality of a piece is dependent on each of these components. I can advise on the components I can see or access:
Is the frame sturdy and tightly fit?
What type of springs are inside and how are they tied?
What is the integrity of the foundation materials?
What is the padding and is it doing it's job?
Is the fabric appropriate for the use and conditions?
Ultimately, the answer to these questions and your desired level of investment will answer if the piece is worth re-upholstering.
8-Way Hand Tied Coil Springs
Restored Burlap Foundation
Gimp with Decorative Nails
Cost is based on how long it will take to do the work. A piece with complicated details such as wings, skirts, tufting, etc. will take longer than a simple one. Most pieces are unique so estimating is a thoughtful educated prediction. I prefer to itemize so you can see where the costs come from to make informed decisions.
Why a cutting fee? Most upholsterers earn their living by doing the upholstery and selling fabric. I charge a cutting fee for fabric I don't sell because it covers the cost of doing business. If I didn't charge the fee, I would have to build it into the labor cost. By keeping it separate, labor costs are consistent, fees are transparent, and clients have the choice of purchasing fabric through me or on their own. However, I only guarantee fabric I sell for quantity, quality and function.
What is 'matching'? Matching is making the pattern appear seamless as it transitions from piece to piece across the project. For example, the top of the cushion will match the front of the cushion and ideally, down the front of the chair below. Sometimes the matching can include the back of the chair to the cushion top, depending on the pattern repeat. Matching can also occur across the outsides of the chair and even the back. The more the matching, the more time involved to do the work. Matching can add 10-25% to the cost of labor depending on the amount required and difficulty of the pattern being matched. Pattern centering is included in the basic cost of upholstery.
There can be many choices to be made in custom upholstery in addition to fabric. Here are just a few common ones:
Skirt or no skirt? What type of skirt? Or bullion?
Double welt, single welt or gimp trim? Or decorative nails?
Boxed, knife edge, or waterfall cushion?