Love is Reupholstering March 2, 2016 – Posted in: Design – Tags: , ,

Reupholstering furniture is a viable alternative to buying new furniture when you’re looking to update your decor. Yes, it is a little labour intensive, but it is also very rewarding, not to mention that you get the exact sort of fabric you love instead of having to settle for the nearest the furniture store has (note: patterned or stripy fabrics can be difficult to align during reupholstering, so be sure to choose your material wisely), and it’s rather environmentally friendly too.

You will need some tools for this DIY project, and they include, but are not limited to:

  • A pair of sharp fabric scissors
  • A heavy duty stapler and staples
  • A permanent marker or fabric chalk
  • A sharp knife to help you reach under old fabric
  • A large, hard flat surface
  • A couple of hours

The process being explained below refers only to reupholstering sofa fabric and not inner materials such as foam and batting, or indeed the sofa frame.

You’ll need to measure your couch and any additional cushions so you know how much fabric to get, remember that all dimensions count here, length, width and height. It is a good idea to buy a little more fabric than you require, in case of any errors or mishaps.

Carefully and slowly cut the current sofa fabric at its seams. Remove each section one at a time. You can use this old fabric as a pattern for the new material. Place your new material on a hard, flat surface and put the old sections of fabric over the new. Trace the outlines onto your new material, and then slowly and surely, cut out the sections of the new material, including about 3-4 cm seams all around. Remember to repeat this process with your sofa cushions.

Attach the new fabric to your sofa frame using a heavy-duty staple gun. It is advisable to start at one end of the sofa, working your way to the other end, allowing you to smooth over the material as you go along. The seams of the new material should line up perfectly to where the old seams were, and the staples should be completely invisible.

This is the perfect opportunity to create some easy slipcovers for your sofa by using the new patterns you have just made. Sew these together and add a zip along the sides so can easily remove and wash the covers in the future.

Images courtesy of Top Home Ideas

Of course, there are myriad ‘how-to’ videos all over the internet, so if you prefer seeing what it is you’re going to be doing before you do it, simply search DIY videos or tutorials and choose the best fit for you, and your sofa. Have a look through our collection of antique furniture for inspiration on your next DIY project.