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January 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm #4556Carlos G.Guest
I just purchased two identical mid-1950’s Emil J Paider Barber Chairs for my barber shop. I have a slightly later model barber chairs that are perfectly working and being used at my shop. We are expanding and want to add the chairs just purchased but they need work, I’ve done some research and there are four Barber Chair refurbishes near me in the central New Jersey area. Yet the cost of restoring theses chairs are cost prohibitive one restorer is very expensive specializing in custom work, the others have slightly better pricing but one reupholsters sends out the metal parts for refinishing (chroming), the other does the metal refinishing and sends out for reupholsters, finally the last guy has done some barber chairs but specializes is antique restoration.
The average cost of restoration is around $1700 for chrome refinishing and repair, and $300 for reupholstering for a total of $2000 per chair, not including what I paid for the chair. I’m a small barber Shop with $12 haircuts for me to get a return on these chairs will take 10 years. Can anyone suggest a cheaper Barber Chair refinisher/upholster/repairer that may have better pricing, because after I restore the older chairs I want to send out my current chairs for restoration. Any takers or referrals?February 11, 2015 at 6:06 pm #5006JennaGuest
Would you be able to share the information for the restorers you found in NJ? We found someone in NY for our chair, but he wanted to charge $5000, so closer to $2000 would be really great. We’ve been having a difficult time finding restorers online.