Is the item special ?
Does it suit your needs well?
Is it comfortable or used to be comfortable ?
Does the piece have the feel of quality?
Is it sentimental?
Would you like to reduce waste?
Do you want to create something unique ?
Is it doubtful or difficult to replace?
Look over the piece to spot visually broken or drastically warped spots.
Mildly wiggle the arms and legs to see if any are very loose.
press against the back and observe any excessive movement in the frame.
Do you find problems?
That is okay, we enjoy making repairs. Its just good to know at the beginning.
Look and feel for evidence that springs are popping up above the others.
underneath look for springs protruding.
examine the shape of the seat for drastic irregularities.
Sense trouble in the springs?
No problem. We can estimate the project to potentially include a full spring rebuild.
Feel the foam to see if it seems too hard or soft from age.
look at the shapes to see if they are relatively even.
Smell to determine if odors are present.
Think some padding might need replacement?
That is fine. We can plan to replace it when we know in advance. Also, cushions generally have zippers so foam can be replaced anytime.
The obvious angle to photograph from helps us calculate yardage.
The side profile often has details we will be duplicating.
This angle may not be necessary if the back is very plain looking. In other words, you don't need to go to great lengths moving that sofa away from the wall unless there is something very fancy on the back.
Yes, it's a tough picture to get. Probably not one you will be putting in a frame either, but if you possibly can get this shot it will really help with accurate estimating.
If there is something special not obvious in other pictures it is good to point it out with a closeup.
This helps us know the seat spring and padding system.