Reupholstering a Couch

What You'll Need
Foam padding
Sewing machine
Staple gun

As time goes by it is normal that couches require reupholstering. This will help to make them look more appealing and attractive while being more comfortable. Each and every one of us prefers to have an attractive and welcoming sitting room, and since much of such a room is take up by the couch; its condition will greatly affect the look of the room.

Step 1 - Examine the Old Fabric

Start off by taking a good look at the way the fabric is sewn and how it is fixed to the couch in different areas, especially in the angles. Afterwards take any necessary measurements and notes which will help you to fix the new fabric.

Step 2  Remove the Old Fabric

At this point you can remove the old fabric from the sofa. During this phase check the foundation of the couch, including its base, the back, the frame and the springs. You may need to alter the way some springs have been compressed or sometimes install new springs in certain areas. Also, check the padding of the cushions, the arm rests and the back of the couch. The foam may need to be changed too. Such alterations will help to make sure that the couch looks better and is more comfortable since sagging or bumps will be reduced and hopefully totally removed. During this stage you will have to ascertain whether it is feasible to reupholster the couch or not. This all depends on its condition when assessing all the elements. It may be easier and relatively more feasible to purchase a new couch if a lot of expenses, time and efforts are required to reupholster it successfully.  

Step 3 - Purchase the New Fabric and Other Needed Materials

After having evaluated the condition of the couch you may need to purchase foam and springs, or a wooden base. Purchase the fabric which you will be using. Make sure to select a resistant type of fabric, which can be easily sown and fixed. It is also important that it is a material which can be washed relatively easily in cases of future stains and spillages, and that it matches well with the color scheme of your room.

Step 4 - Cut the Fabric and Iron

Afterwards cut the fabric you purchased according to the dimensions previously noted. Make sure to leave some allowances on the sides. When you have finished cutting out all the parts make sure to iron them individually for a neater final result.

Step 5 - Attach the Fabric to the Couch

Use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the foundation of the couch, starting with the base, the back and the sides. Make sure to stretch the fabric well so as to have a neater result, with ideally no creases.

Step 6 - Sew the Cushion Covers

Sew the cushion covers according to the dimensions of the cushions. Try to make them fit neatly, not too tight and neither too loosely. Slide the covers onto the cushions and place them on the couch.

Reupholstering depends on the type of fabric the couch is made of and the skill of the person trying to do the job. Some material is easier to work with. One should try to do his best, but if the material is a bit problematical and requires more skill it pays to get a professional upholsterer to do the job. Reupholstering is something that needs to be done from time to time, and it will eventually help to increase the life span of the couch.