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Reupholster your sofa

Reupholstering a tired looking sofa is a great, cost effective way to make it look brand new. It might seem daunting but it’s fun, and much easier than you think.

17/07/2013Print article

By Ina Nyholm
Photo Anna-Maria Stawreberg and Madelaine Seidemann

Tips 1: If you are a beginner it is best to avoid checked or striped material – stick with a single colour, as it can be tricky matching patterns across the different pieces.
Tips 2: We chose to reupholster a sofa where the cover was sewn and then stapled in place. On many sofas, the material can be fastened with nails instead. You should use the same principle as above, with the major difference being that the material is nailed in place.


1. Remove the old cover/upholstery from your sofa
You will be using the different pieces you remove as a pattern for the new material so be careful not to damage the pieces and to label each piece so you know which piece is which. Save any zips – you can reuse these on your new sofa covering.

2. Iron the old pieces
Iron the old pieces so that you can see exactly how big they are. It is also a good idea to take note of how large the seam allowances are.

3. Lay the old pieces on the new material
Lay the old pieces on the new material and pin in place; make sure you can fit all the pieces on before cutting out. Draw around the old pieces and cut out the pieces. Finally remove the pins and label the new pieces so that you know which new piece is which. NB. When drawing around the pieces use tailors chalk, which can be easily washed off, on the reverse side of the material .

4. Sew together
Identify which pieces need to join together and sew the pieces together one by one. Start with the main cover and leave the cushions until the end.

5. Put the new cover on the sofa
We used a staple gun to attach the material in some places.

6. Sew the cushion
Sew the cushion seams and reattach any zips. Replace the cushion inserts.

7. Place the cushions back on the sofa. Finished!


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