I did this a while ago but thought it was worth blogging about, if only to inspire someone and perhaps save them $1000s on a new sofa.
I've had this sofa bed for about 15 years ago and it was starting to look a bit shabby. However it was still reasonably comfortable - let's be honest, what sofa bed is ever really comfortable especially with 2 people in it...but as a lounge, this old girl still has a lot of life left in her and I liked the shape of it. I originally paid around $2000 for the lounge from Oz Designs and it is sturdy and well build so I didn't really want to spend a lot of money replacing it but I was OVER the eucalyptus green damask (especially alongside my beautiful aubergine lounges).
|bad shot but I forgot to take before photos|
Then I had the brilliant idea of recovering it myself. I measured it all and managed to buy pretty much the exact amount of material I needed (I had just enough left over to recover my dining room chair seat pads). I think it was around 4m. I bought a marco-suede as it's great for keeping clean especially with kids, dog and an active outdoor life. I think the colour was ecru.
|from the back|
For the arms I drew a template of the actual sofa bed rather than the old slip cover and then using upholstery thread and my trusty sewing machine, I sewed the shape then pulled it tight to ensure a good fit.
I saved some money by reusing the zippers from the old cushion covers. I always use the hidden zipper method to make it look nicer and sit flat.
And here's the finished product - although with over a year of wear and tear on it since it's transformation.