A while back, I recovered my mom’s sectional couch for her. I’ve recovered several pieces of furniture before, varying in complexity, from dining room chairs to tufted loveseats. Recovering this sectional was a high-impact project that was actually pretty simple since the couch is pretty square.
I approached covering the couch like a would draping a garment. I didn’t have to start with precise measurements or worry about running out of fabric because my mom bought the whole bolt (that’s the way she rolls). I really enjoy the occasional home dec sewing project and find the problem solving around draping a dress very similar to draping a couch, and both are fun for me. But I know a lot of garment sewers (and quilters) hate home dec projects. Have you ever re-covered a couch? Would you ever re-cover a couch?
One fun design bit was figuring out which direction to cover the corner of the sectional. Mom’s house is small and there is a fireplace in the living room which means that there really isn’t any other way that her couch can ever be arranged. So, knowing that the arrangement would stay the same, I suggested that I put the grainline of the corner piece on the diagonal. Although my mom is very creative (and a phenomenal home decorator), she insisted that she never would have thought of that, which made me proud of myself :)
We opted to leave the cover as a slip-cover instead of tacking it to the frame so that it could be removed and washed if necessary (since my mom has dogs and cats), but it’s a snug enough fit that washing it is only for special occasions.
I added a layer of foam to the seat of the couch so it became a little bit more comfortable – a very easy task for a square couch. Mom has been delighted with the “new” couch, so the project was definitely a success. And, although she’s a phenomenal quilter, she was intimidated by the task, so I was glad to be able to help.