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Old 08-25-2013, 09:02 AM   #1
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Do it myself reupholstering???

Thinking about reupholstering the dining benches and couch. Any tips? Is there a helpful website with tips? Anyone have an idea of how much fabric it takes?

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:34 AM   #2
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I'm not a re upholsterer but I take on projects like this so I will just tell you my thoughts.

The couch if it is a stand alone couch will be a big job. Personally, not one I would take on. If the couch is just a bench type with a back and lower cushion then I would be more inclined..

The key to reupholstering is to make sure the sewing of the cushions is the same as the original. When the original is removed separate it carefully and make a pattern from the original pieces.

A measurement of the benches now should give you are good estimate of the amount of material. When the material is off you can get an exact measurement. You must allow for the matching of any pattern in the material. Side pieces that need to match the main top piece will take more material in a pattern to achieve.

Another consideration is the condition of the under lying support material, cushioning, webbing etc. If that is bad or too warn then you need to replace it as well, or as in the case of the people who reupholstered my truck they added some material (foam) to rebuild the seat.

I see the sewing of the material in the correct pattern as the most difficult part of this job.

Random thoughts might help you think it through. Good luck on your project.

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Old 08-28-2013, 12:37 PM   #3
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Just got my slipon's for dinette seats .. they have large selection and fast service.. would use them again. www.Slipcovershop.com
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:47 AM   #4
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Just got my slipon's for dinette seats .. they have large selection and fast service.. would use them again. www.Slipcovershop.com
Great site! I just ordered some swatches to look at for my home couch (cushions have some bites taken out of them from our dog when he was a puppy). Their elastic cushion slipcover maybe just the ticket! Thanks.
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:14 PM   #5
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I can give you an idea of what you might save if you were to do it yourself. We had our Flexsteel jack knife redone as well as the dinette cushions. All new fabric, a better quality foam and the labour set us back a total of about $2500.00
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:34 AM   #6
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The slip-on's cost me $45 per cushion.. so both for under $100 is not bad.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:47 AM   #7
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Some of my friends are into the Stickley type of Mission furniture. I don't care for it but once we stopped at a showroom and they had a lot of that style of furniture. There was one single chair that sold for over $5,000. It was very, very comfortable. Sooooo one of the guys took pictures and they made the wooden part. Next came the cushions. That was another adventure. He bought (Ebay) a leather style industrial machine. Bought the leather and researched the foam layers needed to get the same feel of softness yet firmness for the cushions. That was going on 3 years ago and the cushions are still not made.

Unless you have the experience and equipment that is a tough type of project to do. You might just take the material off the couch and take those to somebody and have them make the covers and do that part of the installation your self. That I would attempt.


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