Asked on May 14, 2017

Help for old couch!

Kathy HenningJonathan HackmanMfbandit769


I have a mission style couch. Good bones. Worn cushions. What recommendations would you make to revamp cushions? I've been keeping couch covered with sheets.
6 answers
  • Cori Widen
    on May 14, 2017

    You can reupholster them! It sounds daunting, but many Hometalkers have done it and you can totally do it. You can choose a fabric that you love and go for it :) here is a great tutorial:

  • Vondie
    on May 15, 2017

    I agree with Cori Widen's idea! Maybe you can get someone to help with a DIY project? A post about a sofa turned into patio seat led me here. Upholstery sounds daunting to me, tho'. I'd need help. Am sorry I ditched 3 older love seats 5 yrs ago. They could've been reused! With 3 indoor & elderly felines I keep slip-covers AND sheets on my sofa & love-seat! Nothing wrong with it! I choose sheets that 'match' the lvg. rm. Best of luck to you!
  • Diane
    on May 15, 2017

    If reupholstering sounds too dauntin, you can get a nice fabric and wrap them and secure on the bottom with elastic and clips...I've done it and the elastic has give so it keeps the fabric taut...the clips I've found at JoAnns Fabric.
    • Suze
      on May 15, 2017

      Now THAT'S my kind of sewing! And would make the material removable for cleaning! I'm a bit of a clean freak....
  • Mfbandit769
    on May 15, 2017

    Take it to a professional upholsterer. Not EVERYTHING is "DIY"
  • Jonathan Hackman
    on May 15, 2017

    If you don't have pets this will work. Cut fabric the exact size PLUS 1 inch on all sides. Fold over the edge 1/2 inch and press. Use spray adhesive from craft store and glue the fabric on existing cover. Be sure you have the fabric pattern cut from paper before you start. For a cushion you will have a top,bottom and side. You have to be precise. If the edges need something use piece of fabric cut in a strip and glue the top to sides covering the edges. You can even a welt that fabric stores sell. My sofa is still sharp after 16 months. I used a spray fabric protector. Total cost was $43.00.
    • Jonathan Hackman
      on May 15, 2017

      As long as you use the adhesive you will be fine..don't forget to scotchgard. When spraying fabric it is a good idea to place fabric on newspaper so you don't spray floor. Also you get one shot at placement so maybe a friend can help hold fabric so you can place in correct place. I said no pets because you cannot clean as it is permanent. You can spot clean as Scotchgard will repel soiling.
  • Kathy Henning
    on May 16, 2017

    do you have any friends or family that knows how to sew. ask them if they can make cushions for you, you can go and get foam for your cushions, at a place that sells foam supplies. and ask them to stuff your cushions.replacing foam in your customs will add so much comfort
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