Extra Charge Items
Extra Charge Items
Generally when reupholstering a piece we charge for any item that takes more time or more materials. Here are a few examples.
Working in Velvet
Velvet (especially very plain cotton or cotton blend pile velvet bruised very easily. This means that if you use tack strips to fasten the sides of the outside arms and the outside back it is pretty likely to bruise the velvet. Consequently, you will probably have to handsew those pieces, which takes more time. In addition, you have to be gentler and take extra care with velvet to keep it from wrinkling or have crease.
Using contrast cording.
When you use contrast cording the odd color cording stands out much more that self cording, and thus it shows any uneveness of the cording much more plainly this gives a much higher probability of the client complaining and wantingyou to redo something. Consequently, this means that you need to take extra pains to have the cording as straight as possible.
To figure the cost of the tacks, measure how many tacks it takes for a given measurement (i.e. 1 foot). Let's say that with head to head tacks it takes 17 tacks for 1 foot fo head to head tacks. Assuming that you buy your tacks in boxes of 1000, and it the box costs you $20 (plus $5 shipping (when included with other items)), you'd figure the retail price at figure your retail cost. Lets' assume you decide your retail cost
Head to Head: To to figure price, get a stop watch and time yourself putting in a section of tacks (i.e.) 1 foot of tacks. Divide by your hourly rate. Here is a Hyperthetical example: if puttin in 1 foot of tacks takes 15 minutes (1/4 hour), and if your hourly rate was $50 per hour, then your labor would be 1/4 X $50 = $12.50 per foot, plus the cost of the tacks.
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