How to Reupholster a Sofa Bed

A sofa bed is a useful piece of furniture, especially if you do not have spare beds. In time, through frequent use and wear and tear, the sofa bed may start to appear a bit shabby and it might not be as comfortable as it once used to be. Rather than buying a new one, it is a good idea to try to reupholster it. This is just what we shall be discussing in more detail below.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Staple Gun
  • Iron
  • Zippers
  • Sewing machine
  • Foam
  • Springs

Step 1: Examining

First of all take some time to examine the fabric of the sofa bed, the foam and the springs. This will help you determine what needs to be fixed.

Step 2: Measuring

Next, measure the sofa bed. Take a note of the measurements and keep an eye on the parts where there are angles involved.

Step 3: Purchase the Fabric

Then, purchase the fabric according to your tastes, taking into account the color scheme of the room. Also, take into account its resistance and whether it will be easy to sew and fix. Take care to buy an extra amount as an allowance in case of mistakes and for future patching up needs.

Step 4: Remove the Old Fabric

Now you can remove the old fabric from the sofa bed.

Step 5: Cutting the Fabric

Next, you can start cutting the fabric according to the dimensions you had recorded. It is best to make use of the old fabric you had removed. Lay it over the floor and trace it over the new fabric so as to use as a general guide. Then add an allowance for the parts which will be folded, and start cutting it.

Step 6: Sewing

Some parts may need to be sewn. Make sure to use a matching thread. Where possible fix zippers, as these are easy to fix and remove whenever cleaning needs to be carried out.

Step 7: Changing the Foam

The sofa bed may have foam, padding or a mattress. If it seems that it may need replacement it is best to do so now while you are at it. You could either loosen the springs, or change them in case they are broken or compressed beyond repair. If you think that the foam or padding of your sofa bed is in a bad condition you may then consider buying a new foundation altogether. This is especially best if you perceive that there are any parts which are uncomfortable due to bumps or sagging.  

Step 8: Check the Base and Frame

Make sure to check the base and the frame of the sofa bed. This may need repairing in case of broken parts or holes.

Step 9: Ironing the Fabric

Iron the fabric so as to make it look neater before starting to fix it.

Step 10: Attaching the Fabric

Now you can start attaching the fabric to the sofa bed by using a staple gun. Stretch the fabric so as to give it a tight and neat fitting. Start at the base, and then continue with the rest of the parts. Any parts which can be slid and zipped up can be fixed at the end.