If it cost me $800 to re-upholster, I would opt for a good $300 job. Buy a chair for $10-$20. Buy 6 yards of home decor fabric at discount. Discounts can be found on Craigslist by searching for bolt fabric (all on sale). Contact local upholsterers, they are always eager to sell overstock. Purchase 6 yards at $7 per yard ($42 in fabric). $60 financial investment. Sell for $300. Profit $240. 3 hours to make, 2 hours to sell. You're making $48 an hour. That's what people who make $92,160 a year- make an hour. That sounds pretty good to me for just 5 hours of my time. If you're considering this blueprint to make sure money- sign up for mail catalogs from West Elm, Crate and Barell and Pottery Barn. Review their trends to determine the style of fabric needed. That's the ticket to a constant turn around. Get creative but stay in touch with current trends. Keeping current ups your ante by hundreds- literally. I'm going to try this. Just scored a $450 sewing machine on Amazon's lightning deals for only $50. I can't wait to share the fun details with you here. My starting project is two mid century chairs I plan to keep. If you make money on this concept, I will be so happy for you. If you sew it , cash will come ;)
I'm trying this so I can raise additional funds to support a larger idea- something I aim to patent.