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upholstery 3

Added Apr 3, 2014

by schorst1

Beaverton, Orego...






My college roommate had the best, most comfy couch ever (generously donated to us from her parents). The couch circulated between all of our homes as each moved around after school and finally landed w/ me. It was still in great shape but I hated the brown floral pattern. This was my first large upholstery project and I learned a ton! I plan to make a video of my next project so I can share my learnings. One piece of advice: take apart the old coverings piece by piece documenting each with a picture so you can have a visual map for reassembly

Material Notes

9 yards fabric, 6 yards cord for piping, staple gun, upholstery tacks, heavy zippers for cushion covers, heavy batting to freshen cushions and arms




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    Apr 3, 2014, 02.03 PMby kisses

    Good job….resulting in a brand new couch

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    Apr 3, 2014, 06.48 AMby Luz Kettle

    This looks amazing. I have started with my sofa but I am worried that I don’t know how to after I do the cushions. Did you have loads of problems? I am worried about tackling the rest.

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      Apr 4, 2014, 08.19 PMby schorst1

      The cushions are definitely the easy part! I didnt run into many big problems, but i learned a lot about the construction/layers i didnt realize went into it. If you havent already stripped it yet, take a picture of each layer you take off in the order it comes off. As I pulled off each piece I used it as a template for the new fabric and recycled and hardware that was salvageable. If you’re careful you can reuse the tack strips and corner molds. Also- there is no such thing as too many staples! Dont be scared, be prepared for it to be more physical than you expect, wear gloves and get a little dirty!

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      Apr 4, 2014, 09.09 PMby Luz Kettle

      Thanks so much for the tips.

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    Apr 3, 2014, 06.01 AMby deadhouseplant

    It turned out really great! Would love to see a how to video/ hear what you learned.

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