ying second-hand or “pre-loved” upholstered furniture can be a really great investment. The price is usually a big winner, and if you’re lucky, you can get some good quality furniture. With an even bigger pot of luck, the furniture item’s upholstery may also be in tip-top shape. At least, until you spend some time sitting on the sofa. That’s when the smell may strike you!
Not all textiles are created equal. Each red upholstery fabric type takes on color or dye differently. Some need to go through a dye process once, while others will require many passes in order to achieve the same vibrant shade. The same goes for the type of dye you use. Natural dyes are more muddled and tend to be less transferable than their manufactured counterparts.
My granny had a beautiful Victorian lounge suite, which was upholstered in deep royal blue. It was a showcase piece, and we weren’t allowed to sit on it as kids. The velvet upholstery used to make all sorts of patterns when we snuck into the “forbidden” room to jump on the sofas or bounce off the chairs.