How Much Fabric Is Needed to Cover a Love Seat?

If you have a worn, but functional, love seat that you want to revive, reupholstery may be the answer.


There are a myriad home decor fabrics on the market today, from the inexpensive to the exorbitant. When you reupholster your love seat, you get to control color, design and durability of the fabric. Here is what you'll need to know to determine how much fabric you will need for the project.

You'll need to measure and record the length and width of each section of the love seat. If the back of the seating area has two sections, measure each separately. Measure each seat cushion, including length, width and height. Measure height and width of front and back frames and sides. Most love seats typically require at least 10 yards of fabric to complete the upholstery.

Other Considerations

The design of the fabric also plays an important role in how much you will need. If there is a pattern, you will have to factor in the repeat, which is the length and width of the design as it appears in one section of fabric. In order to make the upholstery line up and be visually correct, you will need to purchase additional fabric to compensate. If your love seat has a ruffle or skirting around the bottom, you'll also need at least two to three additional yards to create this feature. Piping will require at least one to two yards. For each section measured, always add one to two inches per section for seam allowances. If you are doing the project yourself, you may also want a few extra yards for mistakes.

Getting Help

If you are uncertain of how to proceed, take front, side and back pictures of the love seat. Take the measurements as accurately as possible, then take these items with you to the fabric store or upholstery shop. They can then assist you in determining the exact amount needed for the piece, including repeats, skirting and piping.

About the Author

Based in Ohio, Deborah Waltenburg has been writing online since 2004, focusing on personal finance, personal and commercial insurance, travel and tourism, home improvement and gardening. Her work has appeared on numerous blogs, industry websites and media websites, including "USA Today."