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Thread: recovering furniture

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    Super Member DA Mayer's Avatar
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    has anyone reupholstered a sofa, if you have was it hard to do? My loveseat needs to be done, the problem I have is it also needs new cushions. I wondered if anybody knows of some great instructions and/or could give me some tips. Thanks

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    go get a new one. you deserve it. i had my couch redone, and i could have bought a new one for what it cost me. did a rocker myself years ago in a class i took. wouldn't have done it without going to a class. and yes, in my youth, i did a couch. but not now, I surely wouldn't do it unless i was 35 again.

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    By the time I priced the fabric, pipings, cushion materials, battings, etc...it was cheaper to wait for a good sale on a new one.
    I have recovered a couch and an older fabric rocking chair...but the cushions and everything were in good repair and the fabrics were given to me.
    I just pieced and pinned everything wrong side out... I would lay the fabric on the couch mark with chalk the cut lines, sew, pin, take in a bit, let out a bit... and worked my way through it. I got a very nice fit on both pieces, but went through a lot of fabric as usually you are working with directional prints/patterns/grain lines. I am not sure that I would tackle this again, now though :wink:

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    I took a class - the instructor was a dork. I ended up tossing the stripped down chair, donating the fabric, and buying a new piece.

    There are books available that have real good step-by=step instructions. The problem for me was that the guts in my chair looked different from anything the picture showed, and I could not translate for my situation.

    What about a slip cover? Is the couch still good enough for a slip cover?

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    My husband and I recovered an antique victorian sofa. We swore to each other we would NEVER do it again. I thought we would kill one another before it was over. I guess if you knw what you're doing and don't mind being frustrated to death, get after it! :D

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    I agree with everyone else, go buy a new one!!
    My sis-in-law took a class and bought all the fabric and tons of supplies, she had to store it for a year,before she had the nerve to do it. She did make it work, but it was an expensive lesson. Even to pay someone to do it would be very costly.

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    if you want to freshen it up why not make slip covers. Just wrap batting around the cushions to get them back into shape and use the fabric from the old cushions as a pattern for the slip covers. An inexpensive way is to not buy fabric but buy queen or king size sheets instead.

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