Contact

Phone
1.800.955.7603

Address
30507 Potomac Way,
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622

Hours

Monday—Friday:  8:00AM–4:30PM

Saturday:  By Appointment Only

About Schoenbauer Furniture Service, Inc.

Four generations of the Schoenbauer family have built a company known coast to coast for superior workmanship and top quality customer service for the Repair, Restoration, Refinishing of furniture and art objects of all types, from fine antiques and family heirlooms to contemporary pieces and executive office furniture.

Reupholstery Pricing Guide

On-Site or Pickup/Delivery Services Available

Entrust Your Furniture to the Experts.

Schoenbauer Furniture Service, Inc. specializes in residential, commercial and government furniture reupholstery services.

 

This guide is intended to help our customers obtain a cost range on an item. Each item is different and each customer’s expectations vary. The actual cost can be higher or lower than the cost stated here depending on condition and style. If the range given meets your expectations, send us photos for a more accurate estimate. NOTE: Estimates based on photos are subject to physical inspection for a firm cost.

The cost quoted is for labor only. Repair, restoration or finish work is not included in the upholstery estimate.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

In addition to the price estimates listed below, the following conditions could increase the reupholstery estimate.

  • Tufting
  • Re-spring
  • Foam replacement
  • New webbing
  • Cording

PICK UP AND DELIVERY SERVICE

  • 1 man – $150 and up based on location and quantity of items
  • 2 men – $250 and up based on location and quantity of items

Chairs

•Slip Seat$100-$200 plus 1/2 yard of fabric
•Attached (Tight) Seat$225-$300 plus 1 yard of fabric
•Attached (Tight) Seat and Back with Cording
$250-$400 plus 2 yards of fabric
•Seat with Springs$225-$300 plus 1 yard of fabric
•Seat and Back with Springs$250-$450 plus 1.5 – 2 yards of fabric
•Recliner$1,500-$2,000 plus 8-10 yards of fabric
•Wing Chair$550-$900 plus 7-10 yards of fabric

Ottomans

•Medium Ottoman$200-$400 plus 2 yards of fabric
•Large Ottoman$300-$600 plus 2-3 yards of fabric
• Foot Stool$150-$200 plus 1 yard of fabric

Sofas

•Loveseat$900-$1,500 plus approx. 15 yards of fabric
•Sofa$1,100-$1,800 plus approx. 20 yards of fabric

Conveniently serving Maryland, Virginia & Washington, DC.

At Schoenbauer Furniture Service, It’s All In The Family

January 23, 2018
Bill Schoenbauer’s family has been in the business of restoring furniture for a long, long time. He represents the fourth generation of Schoenbauers to work in furniture restoration. “My great-grandfather was a cabinet builder who came over to the states and got into the furniture restoration business,” Schoenbauer stated recently. “Slowly that evolved into claims handling business. A lot of what we do is generated through insurance companies, moving and storage companies, repairing transit damage.” Schoenbauer apprenticed with his father, F.W. Schoenbauer, on a time-release program while a student at Chopticon High School. Following 13 years with his dad, the younger Schoenbauer started out on his own with Schoenbauer Furniture Service. “My dad got me started,” he stated. “He turned over one of his accounts to me. Now 5o percent of what we do is generated through the moving and storage industry.” Schoenbauer added that their business is easing its way into the home-owners insurance damage – fire and water damage claims. The rest of his business is made up of private individuals – antique restoration and a lot of “on-site” work which Schoenbauer conducts both commercially and residentially. This offshoot of his business offers a unique feature, where Schoenbauer or his employees will go right into the business or home to touch up and repair damaged pieces. “I always knew this was what I wanted to do,” he says. “I’d been around it as a child, the smell [of the finishes] and watching my dad work in the garage…after working with him for 13 years I was ready for some new responsibilities and a challenge.” Schoenbauer realized pretty quickly that he couldn’t do what he wanted to do by himself. “I really owe a debt of gratitude to my wife, Debbie,” he said. “She’s really helped a lot with the business. Without her, I wouldn’t have gotten this far.” Schoenbauer Furniture Service started out as a home-based business and grew to a warehouse in Waldorf. At that point, his business office was still located in his home in northern St. Mary’s County while the actual business was 20 miles away. “We knew that the warehouse based in Waldorf was going to be a temporary arrangement, but there was nothing available in the northern St. Mary’s County area at that time,” he noted. Since then, the business has relocated to a warehouse behind True Value in Charlotte Hall, and has grown from Bill’s one-man show to 10 employees, including his brother and one nephew, proving that for Schoenbauer Furniture Service, the business truly runs in the family.

Schoenbauer Furniture Service Celebrates 25 Years of Making Sawdust

August 22, 2017
The Schoenbauers are celebrating 25 years of sawdust and the smells of turpentine, stains and varnishes this year. The St. Mary’s family business, Schoenbauer Furniture Service in Charlotte Hall, is celebrating its silver anniversary, though the family’s involvement with wood furniture goes back further than that. Carl Schoenbauer brought his cabinet making skills with him from Germany when he immigrated to the United States in 1896. He passed those woodworking skills down to his son, William Francis Schoenbauer, and those skills are still being passed down today to still more generations. “He really wasn’t a furniture restorer, but a cabinet builder,” Bill (William Francis III) Schoenbauer said of his great-grandfather. “His son, my grandfather — he died when I was 2 — really started with the furniture restoration and that’s what my dad did. That’s what we’re doing now.” Bill Schoenbauer started the current furniture restoration business with his wife, Debbie, in 1991 — she died a year and a half ago — after apprenticing under his father, Francis William Schoenbauer Jr., for more than 13 years. That business was F.W. Schoenbauer Repair, which continued until 2000 when the elder Schoenbauer decided to close up shop and work for his son, leaving him more time to spend with his wife, Pauline, who also began helping in the son’s office until Alzheimer’s made it impossible. He died in 2013 at the age of 81, and Pauline followed him a year later. “He was working full time up until about two weeks before he passed away. We had to drag him out of here to the hospital,” his granddaughter, Katie Morgan, said. She’s been working in the business for 10 years, taking over office and bookkeeping duties when her mother died. She also handles commercial accounts and whatever else comes along. Bill Schoenbauer, recounting a story that captured his dad’s work ethic, said that three years before his death he had cut off part of three fingers — the first such injury in all his years — on a table saw but couldn’t stay away from work, even at the age of 78. “He was literally back to work the next day. He had this huge mitt [of gauze] on his hand and it was all completely covered in [wood] stain. I think he even caught it on fire once,” he said with a laugh, fondly remembering his father. “He was definitely from that [older] generation. He was a hard worker and, really, so dedicated to the business. He was great for these young guys to see as an example. He could do anything — he got all the hard jobs. We certainly miss him.” The current business includes Georgetown Refinishing and Antique Restoration of Washington, D.C., which was purchased in 2007 and was brought to the Charlotte Hall shop. “Most of their work was in Northwest Washington [D.C.], Arlington [Va.] and Bethesda,” Schoenbauer said. “They had a really nice reputation for their upholstery work. They worked with a lot of decorators

Restoring the Past

July 16, 2017
It began as a little repair shop with one account in the garage of Bill Schoenbauer III’s Waldorf home in 1990 and has grown into one of the preeminent furniture restoration facilities in the world. Now employing more than 30 skilled craftsmen and their apprentices in-house and 676 specialized subcontractors throughout the region, the name Schoenbauer Furniture Services, Inc. has come to stand for excellence. It is a success story as old as America itself, based on timeless principles of hard work, self reliance and customer satisfaction. It is also a company imbued in the traditions of craftsmen who have built on skills that have taken generations to learn. Heirlooms and antiques from Senator’s offices, Washington, D.C. embassies and furniture from as far away as South Africa have passed through the Schoenbauer’s Charlotte Hall workplace. Each of those pieces were treated with the same loving care as the furniture and artwork of everyday people who simply want to take care of what they have. The beginnings of this family oriented business extend back more than a century to a german immigrant named carl Schoenbauer who came to America and became a carpenter in 1896. Carl taught wood working to his son Frank who became a cabinet maker and later a furniture repairman. Frank had a son named Francis who learned cabinet making with his father. After World War II, Francis saw the need for a company that could take care of damage caused to furniture by shipping. With a lifetime of working with wood behind him, he started a company providing service to Southern Transfer and Storage. Soon, other firms sought out his expertise. Insurance companies and private individuals also came to the Schoenbauer’s for their furniture repair, restoration and refinishing needs. His son, Francis William (Bill) Schoenbauer III, continued the family tradition. He apprenticed with his father before starting the company that employs them today. “I started repairing furniture when I was 16 years old. I’m 70 now,” Bill Schoenbauer Jr. said. The Schoenbauer’s have all earned the art and craft of working with wood and other forms of furniture well. Frank Robinson of Serenity Farm in Benedict is one of the companies satisfied customers. Nearly a year ago, several large antique pieces of Robinson’s were severely water damaged. “I didn’t think they were salvageable,” Robinson said. “The extent of the damage done to them was great. They did a great job doing the repairs.” Whether it’s water damage, scratching, neglect or any number of other causes at least one member of the family or company has experience with that specific repair. Where most of us see ruins, Schoenbauer and the people who work for him, see the challenge. “What I enjoy most is the creative part of the business, actually doing the repairs,” Bill Schoenbauer II said. “I get a lot of satisfaction out of watching what the other guys do. too.” One of those guys, is his younger brother Mike Schoenbauer. “Probably what I enjoy most is
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Making Everything Old Look New Again

January 16, 2017
Schoenbauers restore all types of furniture. The $10,000 vase from the Finnish embassy arrived at Schoenbauer Furniture Service in about 20 pieces. It left reassembled and looking new. That’s just one of the many services the artisans at Schoenbauer perform on a daily basis. You name it, they can probably restore or refinish just about any type of furniture. They’ve refinished massive podiums in Senate hearing rooms, and NASA has asked them to refinish 30 tabletops a week. Not too long ago they tweaked the color tone on a $50,000 board of directors’ table. They do small items as well. The April tornado that spun through Charles and Calvert generated two sea containers of damaged household items. Bill Schoenbauer Jr. is the fourth generation of his family in the business of restoring furniture. After apprenticing with his father for more than 15 years, he opened up an 8,000-square foot shop in Charlotte Hall in 1991. Today among the firm’s 23 employees the Chopticon High School graduate counts his dad and mom, Bill and Pauline Schoenbauer Sr., his wife, Debbie, and brother, Mike. “We’ve come a long way from working in a garage,” Mike Schoenbauer said. And in the process the company now ranks among the top 10 restorers in the nation, said Glenn Gardiner, operations manager for the business. Their skills run the gamut, from art restoration, clock repair, welding and brazing to musical instrument repairs. “The Schoenbauers are tremendously talented,” Gardiner said. “They can laminate on the spot, they can refinish on the spot.” Most of their business is in a 100 mile radius of their shop, from WinChester, Va. to Baltimore. The company is looking to expand its presence in Southern Maryland. “It’s been a goal of ours to increase our local business,” Bill Schoenbauer Jr. said. Bill’s dad focused on repairing furniture damaged by moving companies. At one point that was as much as 80 percent of their business. Now it has shrunk to 50 percent as the company expands into government accounts and commercial work. The number of residential customers is picking up quite a bit, too, Gardiner said. They do little advertising. People have been known to chase their dark green vans on service calls in the metropolitan area in an effort to jot down their phone number. It’s their attention to detail that is generating a buzz. Every week, customers drive down from Bethesda, Frederick and other places with treasured heirlooms in hand. Near Gardiner’s desk hangs a sign that says, “Quality you can count on, tradition you can trust.” Perhaps that’s why some insurance adjusters just tell the company to repair an item and send them a bill, Gardiner said. “We’re their eyes and ears,” he explained. Not much has changed in terms of equipment since Schoenbauer’s greatgrandfather, a cabinetmaker by trade, arrived from Germany. Epoxies have improved, but not much else. ‘The technology is not high-tech at all,” Bill Schoenbauer Sr. said. The latest arrival in the shop was something most woodwork