One of the most expensive components of a chesterfield sofa is the upholstery, particularly if you use full-grain leather. However, you can save a lot of money by using faux leather instead. Faux leather, also known as vegan leather or synthetic leather, is made from polyurethane or PVC and can look and feel very similar to real leather.
Chain Studs Instead of Studs Done Individually
Another way to save money on your chesterfield sofa is to use chain studs instead of studs done individually. Chain studs are a strip of metal studs that are attached to a chain, making it easy to apply them in a straight line. They're also less expensive than individual studs, which can add up quickly.
To use chain studs for your chesterfield sofa, you'll need to measure the length of each seam and cut the chain studs to size. Then, using a hammer and upholstery tacks, attach the chain studs to the sofa. Make sure to use a straight edge to keep the studs in a straight line, and to space them evenly apart.
Nail Buttons Instead of Hand-Tufted Buttons
Finally, instead of hand-tufting the buttons on your chesterfield sofa, you can use nail buttons to create a similar look for less money. Nail buttons are decorative upholstery tacks that have a round head and a long shank. They're easy to apply and can be used to create the tufted look without having to hand-sew each button.
To use nail buttons for your chesterfield sofa, you'll need to mark where you want each tuft to be. Then, using a nail gun or hammer, attach the nail buttons to the sofa. Make sure to pull the fabric taut before attaching the nail buttons to create a smooth, tufted look.
Buying a cheap chesterfield sofa by sacrificing style or quality. By using faux leather, chain studs, nail buttons and poor quality frames, you may think you can create a sophisticated and timeless piece of furniture that fits your budget. But is this what you really wanted or are you just compromising?