Knowing a good way to fix fabric upholstery can extend the life of your furniture. This guide is about repairing fabric upholstery.
Think of spray glue as a help with spiffing up your upholstery! My husband, the practical one, used spray glue to glue the tapestry placemats that I had decided to use as sort of antimacassars in a contrasting pattern (you know, they are those doily things on sofas, etc.) on a wing chair we had which had bad wear on the arms. Then later, we used the spray glue to hold on another piece of fabric on the seat cushion when it started to wear there. The fabric underneath is shot, anyway, so no harm done - and it does hold them in place!
By pamphyila from Los Angeles. CA
What a great idea. Thanks
Sounds like a great idea! PLUS! ... You can sometimes buy tapestry style placemats at the dollar store!
---> For smaller holes, If the chair or couch is against a wall & has a Dust Ruffle, you can cut a piece of the matching fabric off & spray glue (or Elmer's glue) the fabric piece over the rip or burn. Some couches come with matching Pillows, one of these pillows can be sacrificed to make a matching arm cover for your worn furniture.
* For those who don't sew: You can buy strips of fusible web (it looks like white tape & is sometimes sold on a roll). This is simply ironed in between the sections of fabric you'd like to fuse... Fusible webbing tape is great for hemming jeans or patching kids clothes... And, it washes up fine!
* For those of you who don't own an Iron, use fabric glue to "Sew" instead... There are many brands available, just be sure to check the label to make sure the brand of fabric glue you buy can be washed, dried (in the dryer) & dry-cleaned. I like the brand that's clear & in a clear bottle... You'll know it when you see it. You can buy it at Walmart in the "Art's & Crafts" section or at Craft or Fabric stores.
I have a bleach stain on the front flat leg of my beige microfiber couch! Do you have any tricks for removing this stain?
Bleach removes color from almost all fabrics, including microfiber. The "stain" you see is where the bleach removed the fabric color. So, a bleach spot cannot be removed to show the original color as that color is now "bleached out".
A possible fix-if the bleached area is not very large, you can color the entire area with a permanent marker of the closest color range. You will at least have less of a color difference.
This is a guide about repairing a cat scratched couch. Cats love and need to scratch, for example, to groom their claws, to stretch, and mark territory. Unfortunately, sometimes this results in damaged furniture.
I have 20 yr old Sanderson floral fabric covered sofa for which I have some extra fabric to have new cushion covers made. However, there are a couple of parts of the fabric which I cannot replace that have wear in dark places. Rather than just use a 'Crayola' type marker, are there professional indelible markers for this purpose? The fabric is cotton/linen/nylon and is washable, so I do not want the colour to run. Many thanks!
I was steaming my sofa but must of had the pressure high not sure now I have light white patches can it be fixed
My cat used a portion of the sofa arm for claw sharpening, leaving a damaged area. I have plenty of the (white) original fabric. I thought of cutting a patch and fusing it with an iron to the damaged area. What sort of fusible product would I use?
I don't know how to repair it but I use a spray bottle of water to train my cats not to scratch or get on the tables or counters; it works great!
Use fabric glue, it will probably work better than the iron on stuff. Make sure the edges of the patch won't fray.
I have very badly damaged (due to cats scratching) upholstered couches. I also have a two year old so I would be interested in an inexpensive solution that could make them look better. I don't care for slip-covers and the blankets that I have covering them look sloppy. I also don't want to be a hyper mom about the furniture if something gets spilled. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
By scrump7 from Cleveland Heights, OH
If you watch pawn shops and thrift shops, even auction houses, you can sometimes find some really nice furniture. For the price of another slipcover which you don't like to start with you could replace the couch. If you still have the cats do they have scratching towers, if so and won't use them I would have them declawed. I have had my cats declawed and they still love me.
For your slip cover, have you tried making it fit more like the couch cover with tucks here and there? Elastic stitched in here and there and pulled back will make a world of difference. Or you could gather the back of the slip cover up on the top of the couch. Then use covered buttons on heavy thread to make tucks in the front of the slip cover with a long needle going from the front to back and tying them off at the back through another button.
Drop the back of the slip cover down over and secure to the bottom of the couch. You could do the same with the arms of the couch. Slip the cushions in pillowcases and you have covered your damaged couch. You might borrow the needle from an upholstery shop. I used to do reupholstering, it would not be as hard as it sounds to fix with the buttons. Good luck.
This is an easy way for a makeover.
My husband sits in a lift chair that he has had for only 2 years. Because of the pain that he has he puts his heel on the leg rest. The fabric is starting to breakdown and thread is starting to pull apart. Does anyone have a solution to fixing the fabric or what to cover it with?
As he will continue to use the leg rest for lift, cover the entire area with real or fake leather, rubber, poly-something durable, and attach with glue, stitching, etc. This would repair the area and prevent future wear for a long time, perhaps until the chair needs to be replaced.
i would suggest first contacting the company who manufactured the chair, explain the problem and how it occurd, and ask if you can purchase fabric to match the chair to fix the problem. there is a good possibility they will send you a piece for free but at the very least you may be able to purchase the matchng fabric. then do something like is suggested above. good luck
I have a tear in my couch, not leather, some kind of fabric. It's 2-3 inches long, almost like a slit. I just needed some idea of how to fix it easily and not costly?
Can you sew it by hand? Otherwise you can cut a piece to fit from underneath if there is material there or off the back if it doesn't show and super glue that patch you cut over the rip. Glue the edges of the fabric underneath as well to prevent fraying. If all else fails you can cover with a slip cover. Good luck.
If you can thread a needle, you can repair this tear but no matter how well you sew, the repair will more than likely show.
You'll need to buy a specialty hand sewing needle, it looks like a half-circle. It is usually packed as an upholstery needle with several other specialty needles (for leather, fur, canvas, etc) but you can also buy them packaged as quilter's needles that come in several different sizes-the one you want is one sharp enough to go through your upholstery fabric without leaving an obvious poke hole:
How do I fix underneath my recliner rocker foot rest which has a large rip and the foam padding is dropping out when the foot rest is raised?
Is this that cheap stuff they put under furniture just to keep the stuffing from falling out? Remove it all. Find a thin fabric that is a dark or light color depending on your fabric. A cheap cotton sheet will work.
Cut it to fit with a little left over. Fold over the edges and a staple gun puts it on.
We are moving from a trailer to a house and I need help! I have a couch that my cat ripped up the sides and front. It is comfortable and sturdy. I hate slipcovers. They seem to fall off every time you sit down. Is there any other way to bring it back to life?
Our cats tore up a corner of thecouch, clear to the wood. How can we fix it and keep them from doing it again?