Can You Reupholster a Fabric Couch With Leather?

Covering the damaged upholstery rather than buying a new couch is always economical. You might be thinking of changing the upholstery’s appearance by changing the cover. 

Can You Reupholster a Fabric Couch With Leather? You can reupholster a fabric couch with leather. However, you need to know the whole process and implement the steps exceptionally carefully. Reupholstering a fabric couch with leather is an easy but tricky task to accomplish. 

You might get to hear that changing the upholstery’s appearance can be a complex task to accomplish. Nonetheless, there is nothing to be scared of. I am here to the rescue.

In this article, I will help you remove the fabric from the couch and install new leather on it. Additionally, you will get to know about the things you should consider before changing the upholstery fabric.

Is it Better to Reupholster The Fabric Couch or Buy a New One?

Furniture needs extra care if you want them to last for a long time. So, you need to clean the fabric furniture regularly and deep clean it once in two to three months. 

Are you unsure about how to clean a piece of fabric furniture? Well, then you can check out this article on, How to Deep Clean a Fabric Office Chair?

There are a few things you need to understand before making a decision. So, before jumping to a conclusion, let me familiarize you with those things. 

The first thing you need to do is study the leather couch, inspect the couch effortlessly. Now you need to make sure why the change. It can have three reasons to reupholstery the leather couch, 

  • The upholstery got some unwanted stains.
  • There is some small tear in the upholstery.
  • The upholstery has gotten old and totally damaged.

If you see the damage is minor and repairable, I would tell you to take measures to restore it naturally without reupholstering it.

When the damage is huge but the couch’s frame is stable, I would recommend you reupholster the couch rather than buy a new one.

How to Take Off The Fabric From a Fabric Couch? 

You need to be extremely careful throughout the process and remove all the accessories and other things on the leather sofa. Now let us begin the process,

Assess The Couch

Before starting the process, you need to identify how the upholstery is installed, as you need to prepare the tools accordingly. It is essential to know the piece of furniture so that you can easily reconstruct it appropriately. 

Most of the upholsteries are covered with slipcovers, stapled, or tufted buttons. You need to carefully observe it so that you can apply it perfectly while attaching the new leather. 

Pro Tip: If you are unsure about keeping the process in your mind, I advise you to take notes or photos for future reference so that you do not face any troubles. 

Gather The Tools

Now that you have assessed the couch, you need to collect the tools accordingly. If the upholstery is covered with slipcovers, then you can simply remove it. 

However, if a cover is stapled to the downside of the couch, which is known as dust cover, you can use a staple remover. If you don’t have a staple remover, then you can also use a flathead screwdriver

Pro Tip: To remove an attached cover of the couch, find something that you are comfortable with, and you will feel comfortable working perfectly. 

Initiate The Removing Process

By using the staple remover, you can quickly get rid of the staples around the dust cover. Remember to be gentle and don’t let the fabric be damaged, as you can always reuse it for different purposes. 

You can mark the areas where a staple was attached for future references. Remember, you need to replicate those details while attaching the new cover. 

Complete The Removing Process

When you have successfully removed the fabric, I recommend you to dust off all the dirt and prepare it for the reupholstering process.

Things to Consider Before The Reupholstering Process

A few things need to be considered before the re-upholstering process so that you don’t regret it afterward. Such as, 

  1. Choose the new cover that will color coordinate the room’s environment.
  2. If you already have cushions and have no intention to change that in the near future, I would also recommend you choose the color and design of the new cover according to that.
  3. Check out the room’s lighting, and if the room is dark, you can use light color covers; when the room is a bit light, try using bright colors for the cover. Trust me; it will light up the room. 
  4. Buy a leather that is durable and whose color won’t faint. 

Reupholstering Process

Now that you have removed the previous cover and know what you should consider before starting the Reupholstering process let me tell you the step-by-step process of installing a new leather cover to your fabric couch

Step 1 – Buy And Cut The Leather Appropriately

Since you know by now what type of leather will suit you, you now need to buy suitable leather. You can measure the old fabric cover to know the exact size of the required leather.

Let me give you a simple trick, always buy the leather a bit bigger than you require. You must be wondering why! Well, when you have extra, even if you ruin the leather, you will have a spare portion to use. 

Follow this instruction while cutting the leather as well. 

Pro Tip: When you attach the leather to your couch, buy leather that is easy to staple with the couch’s frame. As in your home, you might have limited stationeries, and heavy leather might be difficult to staple. 

Step 2 – Cover The Couch With The Leather

Now you have to attach the leather in such a way that it perfectly sits on the couch. Make sure to use the notes and pictures to attach the leather in the right way and into the right place. 

Here the trick is that the things you have removed last should be attached first. You can either use a staple or glue gun to attach the leather. 

Pull the leather adequately while attaching it with the staple because when you pull it hard, there is a chance that it might tear up quickly, and when you don’t pull it hard, you might end up with a wrinkly couch. 

Step 3 – Reattach The Dust Cover

Once you have covered the upper and side portions of the couch with the leather, now it is time to attach the dust cover. Use the exact same spots that you have marked earlier for better results. 

Step 4 – The Final Touch

The final step requires you to trim the extra parts so that your new couch looks like a new couch. Check if any side is still opened, and has the chance to open in the near future. Apply more glue on that areas. Don’t forget to let the glue dry out naturally. 

TADA! Your new couch is ready to use again. 

Related Question

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Couch Reupholstered in Leather?

Reupholstering a leather couch mainly costs $550 – $4500, with an average of $1900. Roughly, on the average fabric, you will need to pay $35 – $65 per yard. Moreover, the labor rates can vary from $40 to $100 per hour

If you plan to do the whole process by yourself, you can save on the labor cost. But if you are not a professional or have no experience in this area, I recommend you to seek professional help. 

Is it Cheaper to Reupholster or Buy New?

To be honest, it is lots more time-consuming to reupholster the couch, but way cheaper than buying a new one. Although, if you have little experience with this, you can efficiently complete the process effectively.  

Meraj Jahan

Hey, I am a co-author at Office Chair Trends. Not only have I experience working for extended hours behind the desks at my workstation, but I also have seen people in my surroundings suffer from body aches. Being a reader by day and writer by night, I have researched this matter and gathered knowledge along the way. I am sharing all my experiences on this site.