This how to reupholster your old sofa or lounge will give you step-by-step instructions. Think about it - how many times have you looked at your old lounge and wished you could give it a new lease on life. With a little help from this article you could surprise yourself by accomplishing this and set yourself a new challenge in life or even a new career or hobby.

To save money you need to practice on a simpler item to build up your confidence like this article on upholstering a stool. Once you have done that, come back and do the Lounge. I would hate to see you ruin the new material you have bought without having done a simple project first to gain more experience in upbolstering. 

upholster lounge from flickr

Choosing fabric to replace old

The best choice of color is one that will not clash with other items or draperies in the room. You could decide to repaint the room in six months a different color, so do not buy red fabric if you would like a pink room. Your personal choice will depend of course on whether you have small children.

You would need fabric that is more serviceable to wear and tear of little feet. Perhaps a darker more patterned material would not show as many catches in the fibers or stains. As this is your first attempt, choose a less expensive fabric that can be cut any way not needing to match the printed pattern. Ask the shop assistant for advice regarding this.

Richloom Indoor/Outdoor Wildwood Jubilee Home Decor Fabric
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This fabric is mildew and water stain resistant and they say it is fade resistant for up to 500 hours. Great for both indoor and outdoors

Tools and Material Required

Before attempting any reupholstery, make sure you have the following:

  • Sharp scissors
  • Pliers
  • Chisel with cutout V to help pull out staples and tacks
  • Screwdrivers
  • Fabric for recovering
  • Staples or tacks·Adhesive glue
  • The padding or foam underneath may need replacing
  • Staple gun

All of the above may not be required.Once you start to pull it apart you will see how it is fixed together.Replace with same items.

Lacis Corjac Tack Kit
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This includes a magnetic tack pusher, a Tack Extractor, and enough steel tacks to finish your upholstery project

Use your old cover

Exact pattern is required

The best pattern to use when upholstering anything is to use the one already on the lounge.

Follow these step-by-steps instructions

  • It is very important to remove the existing material carefully.
  • Start on one end and ease the fabric covering off. Make notes as you do this.
  • If it is stitched then you need to separate and upick the pieces, at the same time you have to know how it goes back together again.
  • Be careful not to cut the pieces apart, as this will shorten one side then when using as a pattern it will be smaller.
  • This is where the notes come in handy. As you will not be using this in the near future, number the pieces on each side as you take them off.
  • In the notes write down number one side is stitched to number three side.
  • This way there cannot be any errors. Or number five is stapled under left side of lounge. Number 6 goes to the top of right arm end. (this is only a guide)

Use the pattern pieces

With the pieces all separated, I would carefully iron each piece flat. If not the creases or folds in the material will give you a false size, so when cut and stitched it will not fit. Pin each of the old pieces onto the new fabric. It may pay to allow an extra lm on all sides just in case. Cut pieces out. On the wrong side re-number each piece. Beware: Do not use a marker that will show through onto the right side of the fabric.

Sewing the new upholstery pieces together

Now you need to stitch the pieces together following your notes. Keep them stretched flat where possible. Once fitted over the arms of lounge you may have to turn it upside down and staple or tack the rest underneath. This will depend on how it was originally put together.

That was not too hard, now was it? Satisfaction and achievement is a great thing, give yourself a pat on the back now that you have reupholstered your old lounge.

Now you can show it off to your family and friends, and think of the money you saved by doing it yourself.

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The Complete Upholsterer: A Pratical Guide to Upholstering Traditional Furniture (Practical Guide to Upholstering Traditional Furniture)
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I bought this book to help me in the beginning. It will show you how to do the easy and more difficult jobs. Plus it explains using the required tools

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Astro Pneumatic 9589 4-Piece Upholstery Tool Set
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This is a good set for removing door fasteners and upholstery trim clips on consoles and dashboards