Repair vs. Reupholster Massage Table: How to Tell the Difference

October 3, 2023

Need to reupholster a massage table? Think again. Creative Colors International (CCI) may be able to repair the upholstery instead — and save you money in the process.

Let's face it — life can be a pain in the neck, literally. A sedentary lifestyle, desk-bound jobs, and endless screen time take a toll on our bodies. Demand for massage therapy is soaring as people recognize the benefits of regular massage for stress relief, pain management, and overall well-being. With an increasing interest in self-care and holistic health, the potential for a steady client base is promising. Last year, 26% of men and 28% of women got a massage, according to the American Massage Therapy Association.

As a massage therapist, you provide a reset button — releasing tension and easing those knots that build up over time. While massage therapy often conjures up images of luxurious spa treatments and pampering, it offers much more than just a momentary indulgence.

Part of your role is to create a welcoming and serene environment for customers. You know the importance of a comfortable and well-maintained massage table. But what do you do when your table's upholstery gets damaged?

Is it Repairable? Material Matters

First, determining whether your damaged massage table upholstery is repairable depends on the extent and nature of the damage. In some cases, minor tears, scratches, or stains can be successfully repaired, restoring your table's functionality and appearance. However, severe damage, extensive rips, or structural issues may require replacement or reupholstery.

Vinyl and faux leather are commonly used for massage table upholstery and are generally easy to repair. Small tears and punctures in these materials can be patched or re-stitched, extending the life of your table without breaking the bank. Genuine leather or specialized fabrics may require more expertise and specific repair techniques.

CCI’s technicians have the tools in their mobile vans to provide upholstery restoration. Our technicians can come to your studio to do the repairs, providing seamless service and keeping you on schedule.

And you can rest assured you’re employing an environmentally sustainable, non-toxic solution. CCI uses water-based repair and dye products. Our quality-controlled manufacturing process ensures our products are clean, non-toxic, non-hazardous, and biodegradable. We also offer odor elimination and sanitizing services to help keep your studio fresh and safe for your customers.

How Much Will It Cost?

When deciding between repair and replacement, cost is a crucial factor to consider. Repairing your massage table upholstery is a more cost-effective solution than reupholstery or purchasing a brand-new table. The exact cost of repair can vary depending on the extent of damage and material type. We generally save our customers up to 90% on replacement costs.

“Your service in leather and vinyl repair has saved us not only thousands of dollars but, more importantly, it has saved us many customers,” said Mike Chamberlain, a customer service manager at Harlem Furniture in New York.

Massage Table Care

After we’ve given your massage table a refresh, you can take some simple steps to keep it in tip-top condition. We recommend using a lint roller or a slightly damp cloth to remove any dust, hair, or debris from the massage table's surface after you take off the linens. Pay attention to crevices and corners where dirt might accumulate. Follow up with a disinfectant cleaner and let the table dry before stowing it.

Storing your massage table properly can extend its lifespan and maintain its quality, ensuring that it's always in excellent condition for your clients. It's best to store your massage table indoors, preferably in a room with a stable temperature and humidity level. Extreme temperature fluctuations and exposure to direct sunlight or moisture can damage the table over time. Storing your table vertically minimizes the pressure on the foam padding and prevents the table from sagging or losing its shape. Many massage tables come with a built-in or separate stand that allows for easy vertical storage.

We Can Fix That!

We can reupholster massage tables or provide a seamless fix for small tears and rips. Request a quote from our leather and vinyl experts.