The sofa is the main element in the living room, which emphasizes its interior, which means that its appearance should always be attractive. The wiped upholstery will not give chic to the room. Unfortunately, no one is immune from the appearance of characteristic shortcomings, especially considering the considerable and regular loads that this piece of furniture experiences. In this case, wear naturally occurs. But it also happens that domestic pets irretrievably ruin the upholstery. In both cases, replacement can not be avoided. Very often it happens that the tightening of furniture at a cost is almost equivalent to buying a new one. To help you save your family budget, in this article we will give you some useful tips on how to make a sofa yourself.
1. WHY START?
Before taking on such a responsible job, and even without the proper experience, one should reasonably assess the situation and understand whether your sofa really should be given a waist. There are cases when the furniture already looks like a wreck, but it’s still a pity to throw it away. But at the same time, all the households are waiting for the moment when something will finally break down for him, so that there may be an excuse to take him far away. In such cases, even an independent restoration at a cost will reach the price tag of a new piece of furniture. So do not go to extremes. An exception is the case when the sofa is expensive as a family heirloom or is a subject of antiques. There are several other situations when it is worth refraining from replacing one’s own hand, for example:
When the cost of the sofa is very high and there is a high probability of spoiling it;
When the sofa is too complex configuration;
When self-disassembly of furniture is not possible because of too sophisticated assembly;
When the service life of the product is so great that the face of the deformation of the frame and spring unit;
When you have chosen for a new upholstery too thick or a specific fabric, it is possible to carve and fix which only professional furniture makers can.
If, however, an unambiguous decision is taken to act, it will be necessary to go through all the laborious restoration processes, namely:
Dismantling of the old piece of furniture into separate elements;
Complete removal of worn upholstery, and sometimes filler;
Careful inspection of the frame, spring unit and other parts;
Selection of a new upholstery material;
Fixing the fabric on individual furniture parts;
Reverse assembly of the structure.
Let’s consider in more detail taking into account key councils from manufacturers of case furniture and experts on restoration and peretyazhke.
2. STEP I – DISCHARGE OLD SOFA
If your sofa is a standard configuration, the process will not be difficult and will last from the hour. In order to be quick and organized, first of all, you need to prepare all the necessary tools:
You definitely will not do without a set of screwdrivers;
Set of keys for nuts or bolts;
For lack of keys, pliers fit.
Dismantling must begin with those elements whose attachments are in sight. Usually these are the sides of the sofa, after unscrewing, there are nuts that attach the lifting mechanism. After removing the mechanism, you can detach the backrest and seat. If the sofa has legs, you can start disassembling them. At this stage it is very important to keep all the fastening elements in integrity. If in some places the parts are joined together by means of grooves and protrusions, do not make sharp jerks so as not to break them.
Be sure to remember the sequence of your actions. After all, you have to collect furniture on the reverse scheme. It is important to remember, and which of the fasteners connected this or that part of the sofa. Otherwise, in the end, it may turn out that this bolt does not fit the length, and the desired one is already hidden somewhere under the sidewalls. I’ll have to sort it all out again.
3. STEP II – WE DELETE OLD CUTTING
When you see a sofa in the form of individual parts, you need to carefully remove all the old and lost the external appeal and functionality. Be prepared for the fact that you will not have to get rid of one hundred brackets from the furniture stapler. This process can become very painstaking and annoying if you do not prepare all the necessary tools in advance:
First of all, the bracket will have to be pinched by something, a thin flat screwdriver will do it;
Now it must be removed, for this pliers or round-nosed pliers will fit;
Probably useful clerical knife.