How to Reupholster Sofa Cushions

Reupholstering sofa cushions can give your sofa a new look or replace cushion covers that have been stained or damaged.
Reupholstering a sofa cushion can be done using the same fabric as the sofa, or you can choose a complementary fabric to add a contrast on your sofa. Regardless of the fabric you choose, reupholstering the sofa cushion is done in the same way.

Step 1

Remove the old cushion covers carefully. You will use the old covers as a pattern.

Step 2

Mark the cushions and cushion covers with corresponding numbers or letters as you remove each cover. Your cushions may look the same size, but there may be subtle shape variations that will cause a cover for one cushion to not fit properly on another cushion.

Step 3

Inspect the cushion for signs of damage or wear. Replace the cushions with a new foam pad. Cut to size if necessary.

Step 4

Attach stuffing to the cushion to add padding to if needed. Quilted padding on a roll works well for this. You can sew it or you can glue it down. Make sure that you will still be able to fit the cushion and padding into the new sofa cushion cover.

Step 5

Use a seam ripper to take the old cushion cover apart at the seams. Pay attention to how it was folded and assembled. This will help you fold and assemble your new cushion cover. Keep the zipper from the cushion cover.

Step 6

Lay the new fabric face down on your work surface. Place the pattern fabric from the old cushion cover face down on top of the new fabric.

Step 7

Trace around the edges of the pattern fabric using chalk.

Step 8

Remove the pattern fabric from the new fabric.

Step 9

Cut along the chalk lines using sharp scissors.

Step 10

Add piping to the outer edges of the cushion if desired. Tack the piping using straight pins. The piping should face the front side of the fabric. The ends of the piping should extend past the edge of the cut fabric.

Step 11

Fold and assemble the new fabric with the back of the fabric facing out so it makes the cushion shape. This should be folded and assembled the same way as the old cushion cover when you took it apart. Sew the sides of the cushion cover. Leave open a seam for the zipper.

Step 12

Sew the zipper onto the side of the cushion cover.

Step 13

Turn the cushion cover right side out.

Step 14

Slip the cushion into the cushion cover. Zip the cushion cover.

Things You Will Need

  • Chalk
  • Glue (optional)
  • Padding
  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors
  • Piping (optional)
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine

About the Author

Casey Holley is a medical writer who began working in the health and fitness industries in 1995, while still in high school. She has worked as a nutrition consultant and has written numerous health and wellness articles for various online publications. She has also served in the Navy and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health administration from the University of Phoenix.