or reupholstering any piece of furniture changes the look
and appearance and increases the lifespan of the furniture by simply replacing
old fabric and foam padding.
Reupholstering can be a great alternative to buying new furniture:
- Saves time spent on ordering custom furniture
- Allows you to choose the exact type of fabric and cushioning you want in
- Allows you to salvage antique furniture or furniture that has
Some tools that you will need are:
- Straight pins
- Tack hammer
- Staple gun & staples
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
- Thread to match your fabric
- New foam for padding if needed
- Take pictures to save how the couch looked before you
remove the old fabric.
Measure the couch from all angles and note the dimensions.
- Carefully remove the old fabric from the couch. Do not rip old
fabric off as this may cause damage.
- Check the padding, frame and springs for damage.
- Tighten the springs if they seem loose.
- Reuse the existing foam padding if it is in good shape; otherwise, cover
it with synthetic padding / foam to secure the base.
- Lay the new fabric flat on the floor and use a pencil to trace the
- Measure the cushion's length and width and leave one extra inch
before cutting the cloth.
- Likewise, measure all sides of the couch once again and cut out the
cloth in accordance with the dimensions obtained.
- Attach the cloth to the frame of the couch using a staple gun.
- Secure it neatly to the couch in the same way the old cloth was
- Stretch the cloth gently to the opposite end. Stretch it to the
point where there are no wrinkles, but don't pull too tight because the
fabric will tear.
- Staple it into the padding.
- Repeat the same procedure with all the pieces of cloth until the
whole couch is covered.
- Sew together pieces of cloth which have been cut out in the shape of
- Use a sewing machine to make slip covers which neatly fit the
- Use a zipper at the mouth of the slip cover so that it can be easily
removed for a quick cleaning.
Mark each piece of
fabric so you don't have trouble identifying the right piece when reupholstering.
- Iron the new fabric before reupholstering the couch.
Edited by www.eFoamstore.com with content from the article "How to Reupholster a Couch" by
eHow Home & Garden Editor of