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Repairing Vinyl Upholstery

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There are a few ways to fix torn or damaged vinyl upholstery. This guide is about repairing vinyl upholstery.
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By 0 found this helpful
March 23, 2009

We have a vinyl bean bag that has a couple of tears in it thanks to a new puppy. I have taped over the holes with duct tape but the tape keeps coming off around the edges and it looks really ugly. Does anyone know how I can repair a hole in vinyl?

Kathy from Parker, CO

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March 23, 20090 found this helpful

What about an iron patch, the kind used to patch clothes. I would apply it to the inside of the vinyl. Turn the bag inside out and cut the patch @ 2" bigger than the tear, make sure the spot to be patched is nice and flat. Put a dish cloth over the patch and press with a medium hot iron. You could keep the duct tape on the outside it will help to keep the tear flat and remove after the patch has cooled.

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March 24, 20090 found this helpful

You can purchase different colors of tape or use clear. Your problem with the corners coming up is that it should be cut with rounded corners.

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March 24, 20090 found this helpful

I recovered my bean bags by cutting pieces a little larger than those on the chair and sewing them together. I made a hem at the botton and threaded a piece of nylon rope through the hem to use as a draw-string.

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I used a fur material; anything with some strength to it would work. That way I didn't have patched chairs but "brand new"!

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March 24, 20090 found this helpful

I would get one of those repair kits that are used for air mattresses and try that.

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March 24, 20090 found this helpful

You should be able to get a vinyl repair kit at your auto supply store. It is used to repair vinyl seats and roofs (like when the garage door opener falls off the ceiling and scratches the vinyl roof of the car - could only happen to me :o)

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By 0 found this helpful
September 10, 2018

I'd like to repair this old chair for my granddaughter. What's the easiest and cheapest way?

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I am handy and love the DIY projects. I do not want to discard this chair as it is very special.

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September 10, 20180 found this helpful

I have no picture of the chair. You can go to an upholstery store and buy the vinyl and do it yourself. Treat it like any material. It usually is stapled on the bottom. Use a heavy-duty staple gun.

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September 11, 20180 found this helpful

Can you share a photo? Hopefully your chair is a simple style like the ones I did.

I redid a bistro set of chairs by careful removal of the vinyl that I used for the pattern to cut new covers from old denim skirts that I affixed tobtge chair bottoms with a power stapler...like a contractor style that my friend's husband lent me. I was fortunate that the foam was in good shape. If you had to buy foam, you might find a big piece at a thrift shop. Just be sure it is clean and bug free.

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My finished chairs were very sweet and the gal I gifted them to loved them. If I find a pix, I will post it. It was very inexpensive since I already had the skirts.

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

I thought I uploaded a pic. Will try again. Won't let me add it here.

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

email it to images@thriftyfun.com and I will get it added to your request. Just put the request title in the email so I can match it up.

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September 13, 20180 found this helpful

When doing a make-over like this it is usually recommended to carefully remove the original fabric so you can see just what you are dealing with.

It is usually recommended to replace the "stuffing" unless it looks absolutely pristine. This is also the time to decide if you are going to refinish the wood because that job should be done before the recovering of the cushion.

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Make note of exactly how the covering is attached because you will want to follow that pattern as closely as possible. It is a good idea to take lots of pictures as you do any of this work.

The next decision is what type of material you wish to use for the covering. If you stick with the original then you should look for the very best you can find and decide on colors and design when you select your material.

Be sure to take the removed material with you when selecting so you will know how much you will need. Always buy 2 or 3 times as much as you need as it is easy to make mistakes and need another piece. This is also the best time to purchase any type of fastening products that you will need but you may want to add some sort of glue to your list also.

I have found the best place to buy fabric is either Michael's or Jo Ann's craft store but you may have a good fabric store in your city.

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There are a lot of videos on YouTube that cover this type of project so you might find one or two that would be similar and could show you a trick or two.

A labor of love is always fun - hope your granddaughter can help, especially in choosing the color and design of the fabric.

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May 22, 20110 found this helpful

I have a 3 year old chocolate brown recliner that I thought was a crinkly look vinyl. It is now flaking and peeling where there is most use. Underneath is a soft fabric. So, what I assume now, is that a technique of spray painting a soft leather look on an under fabric was used on this new recliner. It was not very expensive, in the $400 range, (that should have been a clue).

It is in perfectly good working order, is comfortable, I like the look and it is a good fit in my space. How do I go about brushing off the peeling parts and respraying a leather look on my recliner?

By Betty T.

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May 22, 20111 found this helpful

I would just either make a cover for it, or use an old bedspread, or one from a garage sale that you like. You can either throw it over the chair, or make it more fitted by using rubber bands or hair elastics to gather the fabric at the corners under the legs, to keep it from always sliding off.

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May 23, 20110 found this helpful

I found the following information on the ehow website of how to repair a dashboard in a vehicle that is peeling and cracking. This will probably work the same way in repairing your vinyl recliner that is peeling and cracking.

http://www.ehow  g-dashboard.html

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May 24, 20110 found this helpful

Your best bet might be to go to LillianVernon.com and order a cover especially for recliners. They come in different colors.

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May 24, 20110 found this helpful

I think I would just go to www.surefit.com and order a recliner slipcover! I just bought one from there for my leather recliner as it's too hot in summer. They fit very well and are easy to take off to wash. They have many styles and color choices. Good luck. ;-)

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September 3, 20170 found this helpful

I got a chair one of those leather/vinyl chairs from a friend it had been sitting in the corner of her bedroom it needs a good cleaning but the atms are metal with a padded leather/vinyl arm rest when my console in the middle of my Explorer cracked I could not stand it so I went on line to get directions of how to replace it. I went to my local furniture upolstery store and got for 5 dollars a piece of vinyl that matched and was like new these arms on the chair look easy so that's what I will try

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By 0 found this helpful
October 29, 2018

I love my brown vinyl barstools, but they are peeling on the front of the seat. How can I repair the vinyl? The rest of the stool is fine.

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June 7, 20120 found this helpful

I have a soft vinyl recliner and I have worn the edges down to the cloth and almost to the wood on my foot rest in a couple areas about 3 inches by 4 inches long from my feet there all the time. I just want to find a soft vinyl repair tape that I can use to reinforce and keep it from spreading, not to mention the appearance. It is somewhere between a medium and dark chocolate brown. How and where could I possibly purchase this tape without a big price tag on it? I live in Sun City Arizona and I'm on a very restricted budget. Thanks for your time and consideration.

By Barb M

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June 7, 20120 found this helpful

They make duck/duct tape in all kinds of colors now. Stores like WalMart handle it.

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June 7, 20120 found this helpful

Also I have a catalog that has a washable fleece recliner cover. It is four pieces: Two arrmrest covers, a footrest cover, and a cover for the body of the chair, for $19.99. The body cover has elastic straps to hold it in place and my guess is that the footrest cover has elastic all the way around. You can find them online at: easycomforts.com.

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June 10, 20120 found this helpful

Maybe you could make a cover for the footrest from an old terrycloth towel.

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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

How can I repair a tear in vinyl upholstery? It is mostly along a seam at the edge of a cushion. The cushion is not removable, so it can't be taken off to be repaired or sewn.

By RocknChr

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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

Google how to do a baseball stitch. The neat thing with this stitch is you can gently draw the material back together. You will likely need a curved needle which can be quite awkward at first. Practise the stitch one something similar. The thread goes in an over and under pattern and you'll want to keep the stitches about 1/4" away from the rip so that it doesn't tear again.

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September 16, 2010

How do I repair vinyl upholstery?

By Joanne Hadlock from Lincoln, MA

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April 3, 20170 found this helpful

The back of my black recliner it's starting to peel I think it's vinyl and it's crinkling how can I fix it

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful

I have a tear in my vinyl chair. The kits you can buy are so expensive and tape looks tatty. Can you help please?

By pam from England

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Repairing Torn Vinyl Upholstery

Can you buy upholstered seat cushions for all of your chairs, not just the torn one? Do you know the kind I mean? They have long ties on the back of the cushions to tie the cushions to the back of the chair. If the tear were in the center of the chair, maybe a cushion would cover it.

Or, do you have the kind of chairs that, when you turn them upside down, there are screws bolting the seat to the chair? If you do, you can choose a replacement fabric or vinyl, take the old vinyl off the chairs and reupholster the chairs with one fabric. I have never done it before but I know the instructions are on this site.

Good luck! (06/03/2010)

By metroplex

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