5 Of The Best DIY Sofa Repair Tips
It can be hard to locate a sofa that really fits with your home, your personal style, and is comfortable enough. In addition, sofas are not generally the cheapest purchase, the average price is $1,000 but many are considerably more than this.
In short, when your sofa starts to show signs of ageing or if it has been accidentally damaged, you’ll want to consider repairing it instead of replacing it.
- The Role Of Cleaning
It should be noted that repairing a sofa involves cleaning it but this is much easier if you regularly clean your sofa anyway. It doesn’t require a huge effort. You will need to brush the sofa off daily, vacuum it at least once a week, and wipe it over with a damp cloth.
Periodically it will need a deeper clean but that’s what the specialists in leather upholstery cleaning are for.
Cleaning helps maintain the finish of your sofa. When it comes to repairing cleaning also means you will have a better join line and more chance of matching the exact colour of your sofa.
- Sinking Sofas
This is a common issue as your favourite piece of furniture has been sat on multiple times and the cushions eventually lose their ability to support the weight.
Fortunately, this can be rectified surprisingly easily. In most cases, the frame of the sofa remains solid. That means you simply need to restuff the sofa cushions to provide more support. You can add more of the original material or you can pull it all out and replace it with new foam, feather, or even polyester.
The result is an instant improvement in the ‘bounce’ of the sofa.
- Frayed Fabric
Frayed fabric can happen thanks to animal claws or simply plenty of family use. In order to repair this damage, you’ll need a piece of material that matches your sofa. In some cases, there will be a spare piece attached. If not, there will be a swath that gives you the colour code and material type.
You can request material from the manufacturer.
All you have to do is cut the relevant piece out and use a staple gun and PVC glue. This will allow you to carefully restore the damage and, if you’ve used the right piece, it won’t even be noticeable.
These can be the hardest to repair. In essence, it is simple, you gently pull the tear together and stitch it with cotton that is the same colour as the fabric.
Of course, it can be hard to find the right colour cotton and it will still leave a line on the sofa. This will help your sofa last longer but it is unlikely to make it look like new, your eyes will always be drawn to the stitched section unless you cover it with a throw.
- Faded Finish
If your sofa has a wooden frame and it’s visible it will become scratched and faded over time. This is easy to fix. You’ll need to clean the wood, then sand it. Once you have removed the topcoat and any scratches you can seal the wood and paint or stain it.
Add a finishing lacquer and the sofa frame will look as good as new.