Does your couch look a bit drab? Rather than buy a new one, it can be transformed with an upholstery job. You may want to give a space a makeover or restore it to a prior look. Reupholstering a couch creates a profound change and gives old furniture new life instead of ending up in a landfill. It is a sustainable and environmentally friendly design option.
What Does Reupholstery Entail?
Reupholstered furniture is recovered with new material. Usually, all the fabric is removed. You can revamp a couch that has a frame that is not damaged or broken. An advanced DIYer may feel that being a thrifty shopper and reupholstering a sofa on their own is a budget-friendly project.
DIY vs. Professional Reupholstery
Reupholstering a couch requires some elbow grease and is relatively time-consuming to accomplish correctly. The lion’s share of upholstery cost is in the fabric. It is very thick, which makes it expensive. The process involves a lengthy list of equipment and materials.
A flathead screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, staple remover, staple gun, strong fabric scissors, and perhaps a paintbrush and sewing machine make up the equipment list. Materials include approximately ten yards of upholstery fabric and heavy-duty staples. Other materials may include fabric glue, furniture glue furniture paint, furniture sealant, and furniture stain.
The Upholstery Process
The steps to reupholstering a couch are
- Measuring the couch
- Removing the dust cover and fabric
- Adding additional stuffing as needed
- Refinishing the frame
- Cutting and attaching new fabric
- Reattaching dust cover
- Cutting and adding trim
Precise measurements of every couch piece are necessary, including outside fabric, interior fabric, cushion fabric, the underside dust cover, and upholstery cording. Measurements are best made when these items are removed and laid out as flat pieces.
The measurements are used to determine how much fabric is needed for the project. Thick material lasts a long time but stapling it to the couch frame is more difficult than thinner fabric. Removing the dust cover entails turning the couch upside down and taking off the legs.
The dust cover is a thin layer of fabric stapled to the bottom of the couch to protect it from burrowing pets, pests, and dust looking for a cozy spot in the sofa. It must be removed carefully with a staple remover to avoid tears and rips.
After removing the fabric, the frame and padding remain. Refreshing the padding or removing it is done before attaching the new material. The cushions are restuffed before they are recovered to make them look fresh and plump again. Too much stuffing makes them look over-the-top and gaudy.
Whatever needs to be down to the frame, such as sanding, painting, or staining, is also done before attaching the new material. The upholstery fabric removed is used as a pattern for cutting new fabric to ensure it fits properly.
It is pulled taut and stapled to the frame. Either the original or new dust cover is put in place. Many sofas use cording or trim to add a decorative touch and cover staples. Finishing touches enhance the beauty.
They can be pillows of different sizes and shapes or tufted cushioning that requires special equipment to add decorative threading and buttons. As you can see, couch upholstery is a time-consuming and meticulous project that requires hard work and patience. It is best left to professionals.
Alternatively, you can always consider the possibility of buying a new sofa. Here are some tips to help you in the process of choosing the best sofa for your needs.