Many people are under the impression that, unless they’re willing to pay for a professional upholsterer to come and handle their repair, they just have to live with torn or tattered upholstery. This is not at all the case! Lots of upholstery repair jobs are well within the realm of possibility for a determined do-it-yourselfer. With not all that much time and effort, you can improve the look and extend the life of your furniture.
Rips & Tears – If you’ve got some skill with a needle and thread, you’re more than equipped to deal with minor rips and tears in your upholstery. Keep in mind that the kinds of fabric used for upholstery are generally heavier than those used for clothes, so you’ll want to use a thicker needle. If you use a needle that’s too thin, you run the risk of it breaking during the process. Also, furniture is subject to a significant amount of stress, especially if you have kids that like to use your couch as a trampoline. Because of that, you’ll definitely want to use thicker thread than you would for clothing repair. To make your fix as invisible as possible, try to match the color of your thread to that of the upholstery as closely as possible.
Holes & Punctures – For some larger fixes, you’ll have an easier time fixing them with a patch than you will with needle and thread. Do-it-yourself upholstery patching kits can be bought at most home stores that make the process quick and easy. They usually come with one side of the patch coated in adhesive intended to be activated with an iron. Alternatively, if you’ve got some scrap fabric lying around, a little bit of that and some fabric glue will be sufficient for most repairs. You can also cut a piece of fabric from an unseen section of the furniture to ensure a perfectly color matched repair. Remember, your patch should be a bit bigger than the hole in your upholstery. To start, trim away any fraying around the edge of the hole to help prevent future wear and tear. Apply some glue to the patch then slip it underneath the edges of the hole. Using the handle of a spoon can help you smooth the edges of the patch. Depending on the type of glue used, you may need to iron it to make it stick.
Leather – Due to the higher cost of leather furniture, repairing it yourself can be more intimidating than repairing fabric. Though it is still possible, it’s highly recommended that you seek professional help for leather repairs. Stitching leather can be tricky, and patching it is a more involved process than patching fabric. Both are still possible, and if you are determined to do it yourself, there are plenty of video guides to be found on the internet that can help you through the process.