Ripping a piece of upholstered furniture might seem like a nightmare, even if it is old and somewhat worn. Furnishings can be very expensive, but they do not have to be completely reupholstered or discarded. It is possible to fix a ripped couch corner, and without spending a lot of money on new fabric or professional assistance. Use these cheap and easy ways to repair the damage, and come up with stylish solutions for less. No one will realize that embellishments were added to cover a flaw.
Begin by Binding the Torn Corner Using an Easy No-Sew Method
A torn corner of a sofa will stand out like a sore thumb when repaired with a needle and thread, even if the damaged is slight. When looking for a no-sew method to fix a tear, begin by binding the upholstery with clear-drying fabric adhesive. Apply a small amount of glue to the underside of the fabric before gently placing it back together. If necessary, use a needle and a matching piece of thread to hold it in place for at least 24 hours or until the adhesive has fully dried. After it dries simply clip and pull out the thread. If the rip still shows, use one of the following cheap and easy ways to hide it.
Cover the Repair with a Strip of Wide Lace
A strip of wide lace can be used to beautifully fix a ripped couch corner. Iron the lace until it is smooth, and attach it using clear fabric glue. Apply the adhesive sparingly, and smooth the lace in place. Add a matching piece to the other corner to make the repair uniform. Depending upon the style of the furnishing, it will look as if the lace was original to the piece instead of an afterthought or a cover up.
Stylishly and Easily Tack the Corner Back in Place
If lace is not your style and the ripped area is small, use a decorative metal upholstery tack to repair the ripped couch corner. Smooth the fabric back into place, and push the tack into the frame. Do the same on the other side, even if it is not already damaged. Not only will it fix the existing tear, but it will also protect the corners from further damage. It is a cheap and easy no-sew option that works with any wood framed furnishing.
Camouflage the Damage with Gorgeous Crocheted Doilies
If you like the idea of using lace to fix a ripped couch corner, chances are you would love the look of crocheted doilies. Buy several doilies of various sizes and styles. Be sure to buy matching pieces for the other side of the furnishing. Iron the doilies, and apply spray starch according to product label directions. Use fabric glue to attach each one. Your couch does not have to be elegant to look great when embellished with doilies. A contemporary microfiber sofa looks phenomenal when decorated with several well-chosen pieces. The rip will practically disappear behind the unique new appliques.
Source: Advanced Art Education and Professional Home Decorating Experience