How to Repair a Cat Scratched Chair or Sofa


Today I repaired our chair that our 2 angelic Kitty Cat’s scratched the heck out of. I love this red chair and I found it at a thrift store last year for $30. Our kitties just fell in love with it and have made it their personal scratching posts. I thought about taking it out to the curb with a free sign on trash day and then…………………………….. I thought let me see if I an fix it and make it look better.
how to repair a cat scratched chair or sofa, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
That’s Oreo and his sister Chloe is running around somewhere.
how to repair a cat scratched chair or sofa, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
You can see where they really scratched it up on the left, with stuffing coming out and then a little on the right. Now since I didn’t pay a lot for it, I knew if I ruined it, it wouldn’t be a big deal.
how to repair a cat scratched chair or sofa, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
This red chair usually sits in my hubs Steeler’s themed Tv. Room (click to see that makeover) and then during holidays like 4th of July and Christmas I bring it into the Living Room.
Here want to laugh??? As I was measuring and dragging out the ironing board and supplies this is what I came back to. Coco in the chair and the two cats Oreo and Chloe above. They all wanted in on the action and wondered what I was up to.
how to repair a cat scratched chair or sofa, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Aren’t they funny? We have a mini zoo here with 2 dogs and 3 cats and we LOVE them to death and if you want to learn more about them click here to see the Dogs & Cats of Concord Cottage. 4 of the 5 were adopted from shelters and are the best pets we could ask for.
how to repair a cat scratched chair or sofa, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
My plan was to use the red piece of fabric on the under side of the cushion. Again this is not a fancy chair, it doesn’t get sat in daily and it usually get’s used when we have company on Sundays….lol. So I’m not suggesting you go cut up your Ethan Allen furniture by any means. This is what worked for me.
how to repair a cat scratched chair or sofa, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I used a Waverly Decorator Red, white n blue plaid fabric I had and cut it the size of the bottom of the cushion. I folded the edges under and pinned it right into the piping seam and pressed it. I then sewed the plaid fabric right onto the cushion. The professional way would be to take it all apart and sew it together the right way. I wasn’t going for professional though, I was going for quick and easy.
how to repair a cat scratched chair or sofa, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I cut a big rectangle out of the cushion side where I had just sewn the plaid fabric.
how to repair a cat scratched chair or sofa, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
then cut this into two patches and rounded the edges like a patch on a mans sleeves…..lol. I used pinking shears so the edges didn’t ravel.
how to repair a cat scratched chair or sofa, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
This is my favorite secret weapon tool – Heat n Bond!!! It is a miracle worker and I use it for so many things. Anytime you want to applique anything this is your friend and it’s also great for hems in pants too. You can get it at Walmart or fabric stores for about $4-5. You iron it on, then peel it off and then iron that piece on. Here it is ironed on and then I peel the paper.
how to repair a cat scratched chair or sofa, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I then placed my patches where I wanted them with the chair on it’s back, sprayed them with water and began ironing. Taking my time I really made sure they stuck.
how to repair a cat scratched chair or sofa, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Voila, Chair makeover minus cat scratch fever. Omg I am so happy now every time I walk by it. Now I may even add some whip stitches later for interest but for now this is just great.
how to repair a cat scratched chair or sofa, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Here’s the cushion flipped over with the red, white n blue plaid. How cute is that??? If you want to see our Pottery Barn Inspired Americana Pillow there is a post on here too. We’ll be so festive for 4th of July too.
There are more details on the blog and also I new spray I found to help with my kitty cats scratching in the future too. Come on over and say hi.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by, Lisa
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  • Rosemary
    on Dec 2, 2018

    Great idea! What is the name of the spray for cats that you mentioned?

    • Robyn Garner
      on Dec 8, 2018

      I had a cat that wouldn't stop scratching dining room chairs. I keep Grannick's Bitter Apple spray in the house for dogs. When she scratched, I spritzed Bitter Apple in her direction and then on the furniture. She stopped all scratching!

  • Linda Premo
    on Dec 2, 2018

    Oh my Great Job and your doggy and cats are so so cute❣️❣️

    I’ve had to do cat scratch repairs also. Have you tried the spray scratch repellent? Or the tape?

    Thanks for posting your easy fix🤗

    • Cus21214896
      on Dec 3, 2018

      I’ve used the double sided tape from the pet store and that seems to help. I also try Ed the spay but will have to try the vinegar idea.

  • Joan Stanley
    on Dec 16, 2018

    Great job! The new fabric looks just like the original. Where did you find it?

    City of 2 million and one 2 fabric store left open! (They priced themselves out of business) 😢

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  • Becky
    on Jan 15, 2019

    This is a purrfect way to repair scratched fabric. I love this and will definitely use it.

  • Hlpinghand
    on Jan 26, 2019

    I have a friend whose two kitties have destroyed her chairs--I can't wait to tell her about your ingenious fix! I would never in a million years thought to use the seat cushion as a fabric resource...pure genius on your part!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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