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How would you fix this couch?

Postby idlehandsrome18 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:13 am UTC

Alright, I wasn't sure where to put this, so it wound up in general. Since the people on this forum are so smart, I figured someone could come up with a good suggestion for how to fix this couch. We don't want to spend money to get it professionally done, but we don't just wanna duct tape it. Any ideas?

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Re: How would you fix this couch?

Postby Zohar » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:35 am UTC

It's pretty hard to see from the picture... Is that a foam filling? Maybe you could get a piece of fabric to glue on it, to close it. Then find a nice curtain or couch cover to hide it.
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Re: How would you fix this couch?

Postby invisibl » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:26 am UTC

May I ask why?

Is it an Heirloom
Are you wishing to recycle?
or does it have the ultimate ass groove?

But as mentioned above the picture makes the suggesting all the harder.

-Sew the Rip/Tear and go to Ikea or similar and find a cover that can wrap and tie on?

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Re: How would you fix this couch?

Postby the_bandersnatch » Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:47 pm UTC

I'd say, if you can, fill it with can after can of silly string. This will harden over time, fossilising into the imprint of the chair, meaning archaeologists thousands of years from now will get a unique glimpse into the lifestyle conditions of the average 21st century household. Of course, they'll no doubt interpret your act as an offering in your household shrine to the Goddess of Comfort, Sofia.

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Re: How would you fix this couch?

Postby Verysillyman » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:05 pm UTC

A Rug.

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Re: How would you fix this couch?

Postby Meowgan » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:30 pm UTC

What part of the couch is that? Is it the back of it? Is it a foam block in there too?

I would just patch it like you'd do a pair of pants. Use a sharp curved mattress needle and upholstery thread to handstitch it on. I would like better pictures of the couch as well. Like what it looks like from the other angles.

Use a tough fabric with the same amount of stretch as the original fabric. If you can't match the fabric, use a neutral colour (Black or grey) or match one of the colours in the pattern. Do not use patterned fabric unless it matches the original fabric.

Take your pictures in daylight with something other than your phone. I would like photos, because I wanna see the rest of your couch before suggesting anything more specific. You could probably make your fix look like it's supposed to be there, while strengthening the rest of the couch. Don't bother resurfacing the whole of the couch, it never works.

Also, before you sew, tack the two sides of the rip together (or tape them together with duct tape) and try to get the bit where you'll be sewing flat. Use even stitches about 2-3mm apart. Use whip stitch (Google it).

There's my sewing related advice for the day. Upon seeing better pictures there will probably be more.
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Re: How would you fix this couch?

Postby Briareos » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:32 pm UTC

Meowgan wrote:Use a sharp curved mattress needle and upholstery thread to handstitch it on.
There's such a thing as a mattress needle? I ... my world is flying apart! I don't understand anything anymore.
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Re: How would you fix this couch?

Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:38 pm UTC

Meowgan wrote:Take your pictures in daylight

I envisage the OP taking this literally and trying to carry their couch outdoors in order to photograph it. :lol:
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Re: How would you fix this couch?

Postby Meowgan » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:39 pm UTC

Briareos wrote:
Meowgan wrote:Use a sharp curved mattress needle and upholstery thread to handstitch it on.
There's such a thing as a mattress needle? I ... my world is flying apart! I don't understand anything anymore.
I took a guess at what the curved needle was called and I was right. It's the curved one. I'd mail one to you, but they might not like it.

I think you might have to go to a craft store for one, but you can do it with a straight needle. It's just trickier.
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Re: How would you fix this couch?

Postby rnew » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:44 pm UTC

TheSkyMovesSideways wrote:
Meowgan wrote:Take your pictures in daylight
I envisage the OP taking this literally and trying to carry their couch outdoors in order to photograph it.
That image has filled my head with joy
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Re: How would you fix this couch?

Postby Meowgan » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:45 pm UTC

rnew wrote:
TheSkyMovesSideways wrote:
Meowgan wrote:Take your pictures in daylight
I envisage the OP taking this literally and trying to carry their couch outdoors in order to photograph it. :¡This cheese is burning me!:
That image has filled my head with joy
This must happen indeed. We should start a couch in sunlight revolution.
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Re: How would you fix this couch?

Postby idlehandsrome18 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:00 pm UTC

That picture was taken on the front of the couch. The dark area on top is where the cushion would go, and the black area on the bottom is the carpet. The rip is along the edge of the couch, you can see some supporting wood sticking out. We want to repair it because it looks tacky, but we are just some poor college students and can't really afford professional work on it. Plus the couch is crappy and not worth professional attention. The yellow sticking out is foam padding, I'll try and get a better picture in a few hours hopefully.
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