After a few years of use, your couch might look worn out and outdated. Rather than throwing it away and shelling out thousands for a new one, give your sofa a new lease on life by reupholstering it. Reupholstering is a cost-effective way to give your furniture a facelift, and it’s an eco-friendly option that keeps waste out of landfills. Abandon your online shopping cart, and check out this quick guide to reupholstering your couch.
Measure Your Couch
Before getting started, you’ll need to measure your couch to know how much fabric and supplies you’ll need. Measure the length, width, and height of the sofa, including its cushions. Add two to three inches to each measurement to account for the extra fabric you’ll need for wrapping and stapling.
Choose Your Fabric
You have complete creative reupholstery freedom here! Pick a fabric that speaks to you and reflects your personality in a new way. Choosing a durable and easy-to-clean fabric that matches your décor is a good idea. Upholstery or outdoor fabric are great options for withstanding wear and tear.
Remove the Current Fabric
Start by removing the current fabric from the couch. Use a tool such as a staple remover or flathead screwdriver to pry off staples holding the material in place, and carefully pull off the fabric.
Replace the Foam and Batting
Now, look at the foam and batting underneath. Set aside good batting and foam to reuse, and replace worn-out materials to revamp your sofa’s cushioning. If you have new foam and batting, cut it to the same size as the original pieces, and use spray adhesive to attach them to the frame.
Install the New Fabric
Now comes the fun part! Lay your new fabric over the couch, ensuring it aligns with the frame. Begin wrapping and stapling the fabric onto the frame, starting at the center and working outward. Pull the fabric taut, and fasten it every few inches to ensure it’s secure. Once you’ve finished one section, continue fastening the fabric until the entire couch is covered.
Tip: If you aren’t sure about the best places to staple the fabric, note the original staple placements to help you fasten the new material.
With this quick guide to reupholstering an old couch, you can give it a brand-new look without overspending. Reupholstering your sofa is a fun and rewarding DIY project that can save money and add a personal touch to your space.
DIYing is one of our favorite pastimes at Salco, and we hope you love it, too! Ensure every one of your projects includes staples for furniture material fastening so you aren’t fighting to keep your reupholstery projects together. Keep us in mind for your future DIY endeavors!