Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to deconstruct a couch!
It really isn’t as scary of a project as it may seem. I promise!
I found this couch at my local Habitat for Humanity for $30. I had a $25 off coupon which brought down the price of the couch to $5! Habitat for Humanity is my favorite place to look for furniture for projects. The thrift stores in my area are less then awesome and don’t carry furniture, so Habitat is my go to. If you are looking for vintage or project furniture I suggest checking out your local Habitat!
Most people might have looked at this couch and thought, wow that thing is ugly! I know that is what my husband said when I brought it home. With its blue, orange and brown floral I can see why most would look at this couch and say “No Thanks.” If you look past the hideous fabric you can see the pretty curves and the lovely wood accents. I have been wanting to do a DIY deconstructed couch for some time and this was the perfect couch for the job!
To start deconstructing furniture you are going to need some tools. These will help make the process go faster and less painful!
Deconstructed Furniture tools
- Staple Gun and staple remover
- Heavy Duty Staples
- Tack Hammer
- Black Steel Tacks
- Foam and Batting (optional)
- Fabric of your choice.
How to Deconstruct a Couch
The first thing in deconstructing a couch it to take off all of the fabric covering the couch. The easiest way to start this is to find a seam along the back edge. If you are lucky you will pull out some of the staples as you pull the fabric off. The next step is to remove all of the staples. This is the longest part of the process. It took me three nights working for several hours to pull out all of the staples. There are hundreds of staples used in upholstering, especially if you are lucky like me and have a couch that had two layers of upholstery.
For my deconstructed couch I added some additional foam and batting to the seat of the couch to add some more cushion as well as some extra batting to the back of the sofa. First add the foam and then the batting on top of it. The batting helps to prevent slippage and provide a smooth appearance. If you are adding foam and batting to your couch you will need to staple the batting in place. Using the staple gun staple the batting down close to the area where your fabric will be tacked down but not directly in the same spot.
Now its time to start attaching your chosen fabric. I used a utility fabric that I purchased from Joann Fabric. Many have used Drop Cloth for reupholstering their sofa as an affordable option. I bought 6 yards of fabric and had some left over. Of course the size of your couch will determine how much fabric that you will need.
I did not wash my fabric before attaching it to my couch. I saw no reason to as the fabric was not going to go through the washer and dryer. I did iron out all the wrinkles of the fabric.
Lay the fabric across the back of the couch and the seat of the couch so that the edge of the fabric lines up with were you plan on tacking it down. Then push the fabric through the opening were the back of the couch and the seat meet.
Start tacking down your fabric starting along the top front center of your couch and work your way out in each direction. Then do the same thing along the bottom front center of the couch.
Leave the sides of the couch for the last step.
Now go to the back of your couch and pull the fabric taut and tack the fabric down in place. You may need to pull the fabric to the left or right to get it to look smooth along the front. I ran into that issue because my couch had a wooden support in the middle back of the couch that I had to work around.
Once the back is finished go back to the sides of the couch and tack them down. You may need to fold the fabric under itself to fit around an arm.
I did not finish off the back of my couch because I knew that it was going to be going up against a wall. I am so excited to add my new deconstructed couch to my sunroom. It really changes up the look in the sunroom!
Now you have a beautifully deconstructed couch for your home!
I wanted to see if it would fit along the shiplap wall in my sunroom. It looked like it might fit so I rearranged the whole room. The couch did fit in that space, but it was much to close to the grill as you can see. So that was not going to work, but at least I know that it isn’t going to fit in that space.
I moved the couch back to its original spot in the sunroom and added some winter decor to the space to cozy it up. My vintage wash tub now sits along the shiplap wall and I kind of love it. I will work as a table come summer time when we are using the grill more.
My deconstructed couch is my favorite place to sit in the house!
I really enjoyed deconstructing and reupholstering this couch. I have a few more items of furniture that I plan on deconstructing as well! I like that it is ok if it doesn’t look perfect. It fits in perfectly with my home.