How to upholster a sofa

How to upholster a sofa

An old sofa is possiblecoatfor two reasons: to give it a more modern look, to preserve the original upholstery. Regardless of what your purpose is, if you are wonderinglike covering a sofa, here you will find the instructions you are looking for.

Guide, step by step, to upholster a sofa. How to sew a custom cover or, alternatively, which cover to buy to cover the sofa.

Let's start with what you need it forupholster a sofa:

  • Tape measure
  • Tailored upholstery or lining fabric
  • Sheets of paper or cardboard (optional but highly recommended)
  • Pencil
  • Dressmaker scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread (or cooking machine)
  • Spatula

You can buy custom-made covers. Do not underestimate this factor: the manufacturer of your sofa could offer you ad hoc covers and covers and provide for the restyling at a minimum cost and commensurate with the pre-chosen covering fabric.

It is true that you cancover the sofawith fabrics of your choice, but if thesofain question has "standard" or very common sizes, on the market you can find ready-to-use liners, without having to use a needle and pins.

For example, on "this Amazon page" you can find sofa covers (I have chosen quilted models, more particular) of different sizes and colors. The cost, based on the measure chosen, ranges from 27 to 39 euros approximately. There is no shortage of patterned sofa covers or covers of the finest fabrics.

If you buy onelining, forupholster the sofaall you have to do is position it and arrange it so that it is taut. In this regard you could decide to give some points on the side edges or take advantage of special dressmaker springs to be placed hidden under the sofa.

In case you haven't found the cover that's right for you, you can create a coatingcustomized. Let's move on to driving onlike upholstering a sofa with fabric by the meter.

First, take your sofa measurements. Use the tape measure to take these measurements:

  • Height, takes place on the back of the backrest, from the lower edge to the upper edge of the sofa.
  • Depth, it is taken from the front of the seat, up to the backrest.
  • Length, is taken by measuring the end that goes from one armrest to the other.

Based on the dimensions detected, choose a suitable fabric by the meter. As a personal advice, we suggest you take practical fabrics that can withstand the use of stain removers and detergents for dry cleaning. Once you have purchased the fabric you can move on to cutting.

Cutting the fabric is a very special phase. Always cut a few cm in excess to correct any calculation errors.

To the classic measures described, you will also need to add the size of the backrest, the size of the seat, the size of the armrests ... The cut, in fact, must be done by sections to be covered, as shown in the photo below.

Each piece of fabric will cover certain sections of your sofa.

Essential tip:
Before cutting the fabric, you can do some cutting tests using very large sheets of paper or cardboard. This way you will be sure you are not wrong. You can then use these cartons as templates on which to place the fabric and make a precise cut.

With a pencil, trace the profile to be cut considering an upper margin of 2 cm. Leave an extra 2 cm around the edge of your fabric scraps.

When you have managed to get all the available pieces, you can startcover the sofa with fabric chosen by you.

Liketo cover the sofa?Forupholster the sofause needle and thread or a sewing machine. You will need to sew the different sections of fabric together. First help yourself with pins so as to shape the sofa and get an idea of ​​how the work is progressing.

Only when you have made some attempts with the pins, you can move on to sewing the various cutouts to make your own tailored lining.

When you have finished sewing the custom cover you just made, flatten it on the sofa to stretch it to the maximum and avoid wrinkling.

If the cover can be dry cleaned, you can stitch it right on the sofa or secure it, provisionally but firmly, with clothespins to put at the bottom.

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