If you’ve used a beautiful exposed wood frame sofa for living room with removable cushions where the rips, stains, watermarks and worn spots are beyond recovery, then the cushions need reupholstering. get rid of them from the sofa and set them aside while you tidy up the wood and reupholster any padded parts of the frame. Then arrange your own seat and back cushions for a flawless balance of fluffy and strong, with a core of down-wrapped foam, upholstery zippers, and neat piping edges that will make you look like a professional.
How to Reupholster the Cushions on a Wooden-Framed Sofa
- Unzip cushion covers and mark them at each step of the deconstruction so you understand which cover belongs to which cushion. Follow this method for a couch with shaped cushions as well as an antique hand-crafted sofa that fit the contours of the wood frame. Take every cover off its cushion.
- Check the cushions to look the foam core and down and feather filling are can be saved. Replacing one implies replacing all to make sure elasticity in all the cushions when you complete the job. When you plan to replace the filling, measure every section to decide how much foam you need.
- Insert new foam for the seat cushions from 4-inch high-density upholstery foam about an inch larger than the old foam. Cut the loose seat-back cushion inserts from 2-inch foam for a shallow couch and 3-inch foam for a deep sofa. Slip-stitching the batting around the foam, wrap the foam neatly in new batting.
- Make an wraparound of tightly woven ticking ingredient to lie flat on the front or top of every cushion. Cut the fabric 1 1/2 inches larger around than the largest side of every cushion — you will need 2 pieces per cushion. Sew the fabric, right-sides concurrently, with a 1/2-inch hem on all sides, but leaving a 7- to 9-inch opening for stuffing.
- Invert the ticking cover right-side out and stuff it with a blend of down and feathers — 60% down to 40% feathers for fluffy but firm cushions. Blind-stitch the open end of the envelope closed and tack the feather topping to all four corners of its suitable foam insert.
- Use the cushion covers as the patterns for gauze covers to contain the feather and foam inserts. Remove the cushion covers with a seam ripper, maintaining the shape and the hem allowances of the original covers. Take apart the zippers and piping cord and set them aside to reuse. Cut gauze to suit the upholstery cover pieces, stitch it on two short and one long sides, and reverse it so the stitches are on the inside. Suit the feather-topped foam inserts into the gauze covers and slip-stitch the open ends closed.
- Cut off upholstery fabric utilizing the old fabric as a pattern. For every cover, stitch a zigzag edge along the 2 pieces of fabric where the zipper will go. Put the zipper you saved on one side and mark the bottom and top of the zipper opening with dressmaker’s chalk. Pin the fabric right-sides concurrently and sew the zipper seam, let the part between the chalk marks open. Paste the open section of the seam with the broadest stitch setting on your sewing machine.
- Press the seam open and place the zipper in position on the incorrect side of the fabric, suiting the chalk marks. Pin the zipper, reverse the fabric over and picture a line where you will sew to catch the zipper tape on either edge of the seam. Stitch the zipper into the seam, revoke the loose basting stitches, open the zipper and accomplish sewing the cover.
- Cut material on the bias to re-cover the piping cord you released from the original covers. The material should wrap around the cord with two inches to distance — you will require the extra fabric to stitch the piping into the cover layers. Put the cord on the wrong side of the fabric, pin the wrong-edges concurrently and sew the piping cord tautly in place. You will have a wide seam allowance left — don’t cut it.
- Pin the right edges of the seat cushion cover side and top pieces concurrently, with the piping support clamped between them, using the old covers as the guidance for piping placement. Sew through all three layers, tidy up and press down the seam sides. Pin the bottom to the edge pieces and stitch concurrently, cutting and pressing the seam edges up.
- Pull the cushions right-edge out via the zipper opening. Paste a D-ring tab to the back of every seat cushion, to suit to an appropriating snap on the sofa frame. These will assist to keep the seat cushions in place on the sofa.
- Stitch the back cushion covers together, as it was for the seat cushions, with the piping sandwiched between the right sides of the fabric. Cut the seams and turn the covers right-side out.
- Slip — work exactly, as they should be comfortable — the covers over the feather and foam fillings and set the reupholstered cushions on the seat and the back of the sofa.
Some of the Things You Need:
- Upholstery fabric
- Upholstery foam (optional)
- Seam ripper
- Tape measure
- Ticking fabric (optional)
- Muslin or Gauze (optional)
- Dressmaker’s chalk and pins
- D-ring and snap (optional)
- Needle and thread
- Sewing machine
- Down and feather filling
- Dacron polyester batting (optional)
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