Repairing Fabric Upholstery

Knowing a good way to fix fabric upholstery can extend the life of your furniture. This guide is about repairing fabric upholstery.

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Question: Repairing Sofa Upholstery Damaged by Cat

By constancemccaffrey 1

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?

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    By Pat 17 105 Flag

    February 4, 2016

    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!

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    Question: Furniture Repair: Upholstery Damage From Cats

    By courtney 3

    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? I would really appreciate the advice. THANKS!

    CJ from Liverpool, OH

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    By guest (Guest Post) Flag

    November 8, 2008

    I would be pleased if anyone can give me any idea as to what I can put on the wall to stop my kitten stripping the wallpaper. It happens mainly on the corners.

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    Tip: Hiding Furniture Imperfections and Upholstery Damage

    By scrump7 1

    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

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    Tip: Use Spray Glue And Fabric To Cover Worn Upholstery

    By pam munro 522 790

    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

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    Question: Repairing a Tear in Fabric Couch

    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?

    By Rachel

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    By Lizzyanny 9 1,256 Flag

    April 10, 2013

    There are excellent iron on fabrics at a fabric store that can be ironed on the back of your torn fabric. If your cushion has a zipper take the cushion out and iron the fabric on the back, closing the tear. If your cushion does not have a zipper you can open the stitching along the edge with a seam ripper to remove the cushion. after ironing the tear closed, hand stitch the cushion back inside the fabric covering. If you are not a crafter/seamstress get a friend or ask for help at a fabric store. This method will show the least when you are finished.

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    Question: Bleach Stain on Microfiber Couch

    By Noelle McKenzie 1

    I have a bleach stain on the front flat leg of my beige microfiber couch! Do you have any tricks for removing this stain?

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      By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

      September 8, 2015

      Bleach is not a stain; bleach removes the original colour, so there is no way to "remove" the whitish splotch that is left. You can try, as the previous poster suggested, colouring over it with a jiffy marker, if it is not large. I suppose it might be possible to re-dye that part of the couch, but I do not know how to do that, nor have ever heard of anyone who did it. If it is too big to cover with jiffy marker, you might have to cover it with an afghan or a throw of some sort.

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      Question: Repairing Chair Upholstery

      By Marylyn 1

      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?
      Thanks

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        By dakota1275 14 Flag

        November 12, 2015

        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

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        Question: Repairing Torn Couch Upholstery

        Our cats tore up a corner of thecouch, clear to the wood. How can we fix it and keep them from doing it again?

        By Debbie

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        By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

        April 16, 2012

        I don't know how to repair the couch, but I keep my cat from shredding the corners by draping throws or afghans over the arms. Since the cat didn't bother the front of the couch, this has proved effective. You also need to try to provide other appropriate cat scratching posts.

        My cats don't like carpet covered posts or even a real block of wood, but they do like a cat scratch box made from pieces of cardboard glued together. I got this from my neighbour, but I do not know where she purchased it. However, the cats like it, and I can put catnip in it, which certainly enhances its appeal.

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        Question: Repairing Ripped Fabric on Recliner Footrest

        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?

        By Kym

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        By Abigail A. 15 1,046 Flag

        April 13, 2015

        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.

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        Question: Repairing a Bleach Mark on Micro Suede

        By Wendy T. 1

        How do you repair a damaged mocha color micro suede sofa done by bleach? please help I just bought it.

        By Wendy T. from Detroit, MI

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        By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,697 Flag

        March 2, 2013

        You can buy a small pot of fabric paint (any craft store) or dye (be sure to follow dye package instructions) to try 'painting' in the bleach spots.

        Carefully apply a light layer of colour to the spots with a cotton bud (cotton swab or Q-Tip if you're in the US).

        You might be tempted to apply heavily but resist the temptation-it's better to let the first application dry to see if you're going to need to apply another coat. It may take several applications to completely cover but one heavy application will take forever to dry and may not look right. Several thin applications are much better than one thick one for the best appearance.

        Put a plastic colander (spaghetti strainer) over the spots you've 'painted' and let dry undisturbed for at least 48 hours. Check the coverage and reapply if necessary until you reach the right coverage.

        BtW, this usually works with bleached spots on carpeting:) Good luck, let us know what ends up working for you!

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        Question: Repairing Tears in Furniture Upholstery

        By marcamp 1

        Help! I visited my son and new daughter-in-law's home the other day and accidentally caught something on their seat cushion. When I pulled away, I tore a large hole. I took to an upholsterer, no luck (not enough material). I called the manufacturer (no luck, discontinued). I feel terrible. Any ideas? Thanks so much!

        By marcamp from Philadelphia

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        By Myrna 17 1,083 Flag

        March 11, 2011

        IF the family likes this idea of repair, you could buy complimentary colored fabric and make cushion covers with a zipper, so all cushions match the furniture (sofa/chair). The daughter-in-law could go with you to shop for the fabric. If the project is not something you care to tackle, have a professional seamstress/upholsterer do the work. A professional upholsterer may know how to mend the tear so it doesn't make it worse, but a zip covering would certainly conceal the patch work and can be washable.

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        Question: Hair Dryer Burned a Hole in My Sofa

        By MARY 1

        The heat of my blow-dryer burned my sofa and gave it a hole. The area looks dark and fragile. How can I repair the burn without making it worst?

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        By guest (Guest Post) Flag

        July 27, 2007

        If your sofa is not too old, you can contact the manufacturer and order the piece that's damaged.

        You will need to provide them with some serial number information located in the bottom of your sofa. After you get the new pieces delivered, you need to contact a furniture repair service that could install this for you. Do not contact an upholstery shop for they will try to overcharge for this type of repair. In the Houston area you can contact me @ www.sofa911.com

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        Question: Repairing Sofa Upholstery

        By betty44 4 6

        I replaced my 25 year old living room set with a new one thinking it would last rest of my life. Unfortunately I got 2 puppies that have a "licking problem" and they have licked the fabric to the point of it looks like it has holes in it. They have licked off the top layer of fabric. I tried matching the color with fabric paint and now it looks even worse. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

        By betty44 from Slate Hill, NY

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        Question: Getting Cup Rings Off a Fabric Footstool

        cup ring on blue upholsteryI have several cup marks on a footstool/ottoman. Does anyone know how I could get rid of them?

        Thanks.

        By Ian

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        Question: Heatmarks on an Upholstery Sofa

        We've just bought a new fabric sofa and I left a plate on it. I cannot remember, but I assume that the plate was hot. It has now left a mark on my sofa cushion, is there anything that I can do to remove it?

        By Sarah from Seattle, WA

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        Question: Repairing Upholstery on Couch Cushion

        By anitaselawiskawa 1

        My cushion on my sectional is some kind of yarn fabric. My dog clawed at it and it looks like sting cheese. Is there any way I can fix it? I just got the sectional as a gift from my friend.

        By anitaselawiskawa

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        Question: Sun Yellowed Polyester Fabric

        By janice 1

        Can anyone tell me how to brighten up the inner lining of a baby pram? The fabric is mostly white and where the sun has got at it, it has become yellow. It is a polyester mix. Many thanks.

        By prinnie from England

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        Archive: Furniture Repair: Upholstery Damage From Cats


        My two adorable cats have used the sides of my couch and chair as a scatching post. Other than the frayed corners the furniture is in excellent condition. Any creative ideas as to how to repair those edges?

        Susan1151

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        RE: Furniture Repair: Upholstery Damage From Cats

        You could put decorative fabric piping around the edges, I'd think. Does that seem like it would work? (09/19/2004)

        By truleelee

        RE: Furniture Repair: Upholstery Damage From Cats

        If your couch sits close to the wall, then the back panel on the couch can be removed and used for visible repairs. You can use another piece of material that matches in similiar color to close the back. I have personally done this... it does work. (09/20/2004)

        By Syd

        RE: Furniture Repair: Upholstery Damage From Cats

        I just bought a great sofa bed that was perfect for my extra room. However, it did have some cat scratches on it. Not very noticeable because the fabric is plaid but I want my furniture to look nice. so, I bought a bottle of fabric glue at the fabric store. I am hoping if I put it on lightly, it may make the fibers stick back on and never show. You might try this too. (10/17/2005)

        By Pat

        RE: Furniture Repair: Upholstery Damage From Cats

        For a simple solution in avoiding upholstery damage by kitty, pick up the two sided tape pet centers sell (It works better than any carpet tape you can buy at home centers). The tape comes in strips, and is very sticky. It's not cheap, but well worth the price of around $11 per package. Use it on areas that are tempting. It's barely noticable and discourages kitty from using the furniture. Whenever an area seems to have gotten noticed by feline simply put a strip in that area.

        My cat seems to have gotten the message and given up on the furniture. She 'gets it' that her scratcher is the only acceptable place to do her deed. By placing tape in strategic areas, and not having to cover every stitch of furniture in it, appears to be discouragement enough from going any further with clawing. It's been a year since any new incident. The tape stays on, however, just in case. We all know cats! (03/24/2008)

        By JakiS

        Archive: Repairing Tears in Furniture Upholstery

        My dog has been getting on our fabric upholstered recliners when we are out and her claws have made some tears on the seat (when she scratches herself). Is there a glue that won't dry shiny or something to reinforce them so they won't shred anymore?

        By Lorraine from Portland, OR

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        RE: Repairing Tears in Furniture Upholstery

        There is a product called Fray Check or something like that. It is available in fabric stores. I don't know if it would work for something like that, and I don't know what it looks like when dry or wet. (10/31/2010)

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