Mimomito reader Dianna (who is also a seller of beautiful refinished pieces of Midcentury furniture on Craigslist,) sent us step-by-step photos of her reupholstering a sad slumped in couch, into a beautiful rejuvenated treasure!
Read on to see the finished product!
Dianna had taken step-by-step photos of her process of reupholstering a cheap couch in her Upholstery Class. Here is what she had to say.
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This is what our 1960’s sofa looked like when we got it from Craigslist for ten dollars.
It had 6 cushions that the instructor had already told us to throw in the dumpster when I took this pic.
The fabric was crumbling and ripped from age. Really nasty.
50 year old fabric falling apart.
The support stretchers are rounded like that so that the springs don’t bottom out when you sit in the center.
It takes an amazingly long time to remove 8 million staples.
Look at that lovely curved back.
We’re starting to think it would have been easier to build a new frame from scratch.
All the springs reattached. We removed all the long staples that the spring clips were attached with and replaced them with four screws for each spring. Those springs are never coming loose again!
Some nice heavy deck cloth to cover the springs to prevent wear on the foam.
The big white snake thing is a padded roll for the front edge of the bottom deck.
Some new foam on the bottom front of the deck in sections to try to compensate for the uneven boards and a layer of 50/50 cotton over the foam deck.
Now an extra layer of 50/50 cotton on the front edge of the deck to build up a little height so the cushions won’t have a tendency to slide off with use and to cover the foam.
It’s starting to look like a sofa again.
Webbing to build out the arms. It had nasty cardboard here before.
Upholstering a sofa is messy work.
Finally we get to attach the fabric on the inside arms.
A nice straight line.
First a layer of 2″ cushion foam and then a 1″ layer of foam and then a layer of polyester batting.
Santa is taking this class too. (Phil! He eats whole lemons and pounds coffee! – Serene)
The loose fabric is a stretcher. It’s sewn to the real fabric to stretch it to the place where it’s stapled on the back. You don’t waste the real fabric in a place where it’s not seen. It’s pulled through from the front. (I would gladly have wasted the real fabric to get out of sewing)
Now it’s ready to be stretched really super tight and stapled in place.
Now the back is finally done. The permanent staples are in.
Still not quite smooth and tight enough.
The back gets pulled tight and stapled and then the staples are pulled out and it gets pulled tight and stapled again and the whole thing gets repeated several times until it’s super tight.
The foam is now cut to the correct depth.
Cutting all the panels and attaching the welt to the top of the sofa back.
Just as I finished the top band, I realized that I put it on with the nap going in the wrong direction.
Next class, taking out the ridiculously overdone stapling job and re-doing it the right way.
The string is tied around the cotton bunches to keep it from pulling through the fabric.
Side arms get stretcher fabric first.
Now the back gets stretcher fabric.
Now a layer of poly batting.
The fabric is stretched and stapled at the bottom, then tucked in on that metal strip.
Hammering the lumps out on the clips.
Attaching the newly refinished walnut base.
Time to take it home.
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Thanks for sending us your impressive and inspirational photos, Dianna! Having taken the class myself, I understand that redoing an entire broken down couch is an outstanding feat. (And I too would much rather staple than sew anything, EVER.)
So Dianna, would you do it again?!