I did it! I finally reupholstered our couch! I’ve been working my way up to upholstering a couch starting with smaller projects, and getting a grasp of the concept of ripping upholstery apart and putting new fabric back on. I’m still learning for sure, but I’m definitely more confident about taking on an upholstery project now that I’ve recovered this couch.
This couch was given to us by my husband’s parents. It used to be theirs. It had a deep, dark red fabric that covered it. This couch is actually 2 pieces; the chaise lounge comes apart from the couch part.
I used drop cloth to reupholster this entire thing. It took about $65 worth of drop cloth to get the job done. Not too shabby for getting a brand new couch. At first I just bought the 9’x12′ and 12’x15′ packages of drop cloth at Lowe’s thinking that would be more than enough. Then I went back for a 6’x9′ package thinking that would finish the job. Well I ended going back once more for a 4’x5′ package. I had estimated yardage and all that, but sometimes calculations are wrong. *Update 3-25-17- I do not recommend reupholstering a piece of furniture, like a couch, with drop cloth. It gets too much traffic, and the drop cloth just wasn’t meant to hold up to it. However, if it’s just for learning purposes then yes I do recommend it because it’s cheap and good for practice.
The first step I took in reupholstering this couch was to sew the back pillows and the cushions. I am comfortable with ripping upholstery off and attaching new fabric, but sewing is definitely not my forte, so if I was going to do this I was going to start with the hardest part for me, so I would know if I could actually do this. I also wanted to keep this as cost effective as possible, so no zippers. Instead I used the envelope pillow method in sewing all the pillows and cushions. I found a great tutorial on envelope pillow sewing at Love Grows Wild ; the instructions were great and I zipped through the back pillow portion in no time.
I took the envelope method and added side pieces to it, to sew the cushions. The first cushion I sewed right, and it looked great. With the second cushion I made a mistake, and it wasn’t until I went to put the cushion cover on that I realized it, but the cover went on so much easier than the first cushion cover, so I happily repeated the mistake for the ease of getting the covers on and off. Looking back I wish I would have fixed the mistake and not repeated it because although the covers are easier to get on and off, they are also more loose and look a little sloppy. With the chaise lounge cushion cover I sewed it correctly, and my husband actually had to help me get the cover on because it was very tight, but hey it looks great and let’s hope it doesn’t have to be washed anytime soon. 😉
Now that the sewing was done, I went on to tackling the easy part the recovering of the bones of the couch. The tools I gathered for this part was a camera, pliers, scissors and a screwdriver. When I started taking the fabric off the couch, I took a picture of the first piece I took off, so I could keep track of how it went back on. However, I got called away several times from this project, so I only got 2 process pictures. Also at one point during the process my husband intervened and ripped most of the upholstery off for me, which was incredibly helpful and super sweet, but no pictures. I did help him during the tail end of the deconstruction phase, so I took mental pictures of how I would put it back together. The chaise lounge part was done several days after, and I ripped most of that off myself, but forgot to take pictures.
When reupholstering the couch I used a heavy duty stapler with 12mm staples. I also washed all the drop cloth and dried it before stapling any of it onto the couch. I attached the front bottom panel of the couch first. Then the parts of the arm rest.
Then the side panel.
I then stapled the front back panel and the last piece to go on was the panel on the back of the couch.
The chaise lounge part was recovered in the same way. The front bottom panel first, then the arm rest and side, and finally the front and back panels.
You can see from this picture how the couch is two different pieces.
To hide all the staples I cut strips of drop cloth and tied them together using knots. Then I used a single crochet stitch to crochet many, many yards of the rustic embellishment. I hot glued all the crocheted strands over the stapled parts. I used the same crocheted strands on the Upholstered Bench, which I’ve actually moved into the living room because I felt it was too rustic for my girls’ room.
Here’s the couch all put together. 99% of the time it has blankets over it because it’s light colored and I have children and my husband is an automotive technician, enough said. 😉
Ok so it’s not perfect, but it looks good, right? I’m pretty proud of it anyway. 😉 Two things I want to improve on for sure is my sewing and I want to learn to make piping, another thing I’ll work my way up to. So what do you all think? I would love some feedback on this. 🙂