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Preseason Make-Over : It's not too early to redo furniture to prepare for holidays.

October 28, 1994|GERI COOK

I love to do my holiday shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas when the stores are bright with lights and festive with decorations. That's part of the fun. So, for me, it's too early to start now. But now is the time to prepare home for the upcoming holiday season.

It's certainly not too soon to have the dining room chairs recovered, or get a slipcover made for the sofa. Hal David Interiors has excellent workmanship and some of the best prices in town. For a standard seven-foot sofa, the cost is $299 for either a slipcover or a reupholstery job. To reupholster a standard dining chair, figure $35 each. A small but select stock of fabrics are available at heavily discounted prices. Tapestries that retail for around $40 a yard are between $15 and $20, and a Schumacher print that retails for $25 sells here for $9.95. Pick up and delivery are free.

Hal David Interiors, 1424 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. MasterCard, Visa. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday . (310) 652-1470.

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Should you need more fabrics to choose from, Home Beautiful has some excellent buys on damasks, so popular today for that rumpled look in upholstered pieces. A 62-inch wide machine-washable (55% cotton and 45% polyester) damask that retails for $24 to $30 a yard is $12.98. An imported damask that retails for close to $100 and sells at another fabric discounter for $50 a yard can be purchased for $30.

Home Beautiful, 19325 Londelius St., Northridge. Discover, MasterCard, Visa. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, (818) 727-7038.

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If your windows need a lift, Stern's Draperies has ready-made drapes in antique satin, 105 inches wide by 84 inches long, for $50. But it's in the custom-made draperies that Stern's shines. One San Fernando Valley company gave a recent customer an estimate of $1,000 for a drapery job that Stern's quoted at $350.

Stern's Draperies, 13861 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. MasterCard, Visa. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, (818) 789-3838.

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It's a good idea to get at least two estimates on custom draperies, and J.P. Discount Fabrics & Draperies also is known for quality work at a low cost. It, too, carries some ready-mades at good prices. In a commercial-grade polyester, a drape measuring 40 by 44 inches is $20, and a 64-by-94-inch drape is $44.

J.P. Discount Fabrics & Draperies, 331 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank. Discover, MasterCard, Visa. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday , 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday , (818) 845-0862.

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If your carpeting can bear another cleaning, Carpet Club has a special going right now that's hard to beat for top-quality truck-mounted steam cleaning. For $89.95, the firm will clean three rooms or 600 square feet of carpet. Should the carpeting be beyond help, Carpet Club is offering 36 square yards (three rooms) of Dupont Stainmaster carpet installed with padding for $398. There's a choice of soft plush, sculpture or Saxony plush in about 20 colors.

Carpet Club, 16681 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills. MasterCard, Visa. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday . (818) 892-2082.

Geri Cook's Bargains column runs every Friday in Valley Life! Questions about shopping may be sent to her, in care of Valley Life!, Los Angeles Times, 20000 Prairie St., Chatsworth, CA 91311. Letters will not be answered individually, but topics of general interest will be discussed in future columns. Geri Cook can be heard from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays on KIEV 870-AM.

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