Reupholstering a sectional sofa is an ambitious project. But buying a new sectional sofa is often an expensive affair — and an old sectional with good bones is worthy of a facelift. Reupholstering rather than replacing a sectional can make it possible for you to keep a sofa that works well with your space, while updating and customizing the fabric to fit your decor.
Although sectional sofas are large and reupholstering can take significant time and effort, this is not a difficult project. If you can reupholster other simple pieces of furniture, you can reupholster a sectional.
On a large piece of furniture, exact measurements aren’t essential. Generally, you’ll want to overestimate how much fabric you need. However, carefully measuring can help you make sure you have enough (ideally, more than enough) fabric to completely recover your sectional sofa.
Sectional sofas are large pieces of furniture and will need significant yardage to cover the entire piece. Additionally, they can vary significantly in size, depending on whether they have two main pieces that form an L shape, or three main pieces that form a U shape.
Generally, you can expect to use between 24 to 36 yards of fabric for a sectional sofa. That’s a very large margin, so if you buy just 24 yards, you could have far too little, or way too much at 36 yards of fabric. As with most reupholstering projects, it’s best to plan to buy extra, but measure ahead of time so you don’t waste fabric — or end up without enough to finish your project.
With this measurement method, you’ll measure each section of your sofa with the old fabric still in place. It’s best to remove your sofa’s old fabric and recover completely for a fresh start, but this option allows you to simply place new fabric over the old if you’d like.
You don’t have to physically measure a large sectional if you don’t want to. If you plan to remove the fabric anyway, you can simply use your old pieces of fabric as a template for your new fabric.
With this method, you don’t really do any measuring, simply tracing. But you do need to have an idea of how much fabric you’ll need before you get started so you’ll be able to trace your old pieces of fabric on the new fabric. If you plan to trace your fabric pieces, it’s a good idea to label each of your old pieces so you can easily figure out how to put it all back together again.