How Much Fabric Do You Need to Reupholster a Couch?


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Reupholstering a couch can require from 3 to over 37 yards of fabric. Couches with clean lines and no cushions require the least amount of fabric. Reupholstering with a solid color fabric requires fewer yards than using a fabric with a pattern that you must match or medallions that center in each panel.

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While it is possible to estimate the number of yards for a particular sofa by measuring each panel before making the purchase, it is not necessary. By determining the basic style and measurements of the sofa you can use industry wide charts for an accurate estimate. These charts are available at most upholstery fabric retailers and provide the exact measurements you need to take.

When purchasing upholstery it is better to overestimate than underestimate the amount the project requires. If you underestimate, you may find the store has sold out of the pattern or changed lot numbers when you return to buy more.

When reupholstering furniture, the old upholstery serves as a pattern for cutting the new fabric. Using it for this purpose requires carefully removing the tacks or staples that hold it in place. Disassemble sewn pieces using a seam ripper. Label each piece as you remove it as a reminder of where it goes.

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