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Yardage For Sofa

Yardage For Sofa

Tips Using the measurements to determine how much fabric is needed is quite simple. Most upholstery fabric retailers, especially nationally-known chains, offer access to upholstery fabric estimating charts to customers at no cost. On the chart, numerous furniture pieces in different shapes and sizes are listed, and the minimum amount of fabric needed is listed for each one. The most common measurement used is the couch length. Other measurements are used for special circumstances such as custom fabric. There are some classic dimensions that may help with your estimates, which are based on upholstery fabric that is a solid color, or no pattern, that is 54 inches wide, which is the most common width. A 6-foot-long, camel-back or curved-back sofa with loose seat cushions and upholstered sides needs approximately 10 yards of solid upholstery fabric. A 7-foot-long sofa with loose seat and back cushions but without padded arms needs 11 yards of fabric. A 6-foot-long heavily-stuffed sofa with attached cushions and padded arms needs 16 yards of fabric. Upholstery fabrics with a pattern require matching, which requires additional yardage. For patterned fabric, increase the yardage by approximately 20 percent. If you are planning a DIY upholstery project, every piece of old upholstery on the couch is a built-in pattern for cutting and fastening the new upholstery. Pull off the old fabric pieces carefully with pliers. Most pieces are stapled or tacked. Some are sewn, and you’ll need a seam ripper or slender scissors. Mark each piece as you take it off the couch to remind you where the new piece will go.
yardage for sofa 1

Yardage For Sofa

Remove the back cushions, if any exist, and measure across the front side of the back of the couch, which is the area where your back rests while sitting. Because you have already determined the total length of the couch, this measurement should be between the arms or wings of the couch. Yardage for separate back cushions is accounted for in the standard upholstery yardage chart.
yardage for sofa 2

Yardage For Sofa

Remove seat cushions, if any exist, and measure across the seat of the couch from left to right. Measure the seat again from back to front. This gives you the length and depth of the seat. As with back cushions, separate seat cushion yardage is accounted for in the upholstery yardage chart.
yardage for sofa 3

Yardage For Sofa

3Remove the back cushions, if any exist, and measure across the front side of the back of the couch, which is the area where your back rests while sitting. Because you have already determined the total length of the couch, this measurement should be between the arms or wings of the couch. Yardage for separate back cushions is accounted for in the standard upholstery yardage chart.
yardage for sofa 4

Yardage For Sofa

4Remove seat cushions, if any exist, and measure across the seat of the couch from left to right. Measure the seat again from back to front. This gives you the length and depth of the seat. As with back cushions, separate seat cushion yardage is accounted for in the upholstery yardage chart.
yardage for sofa 5

Yardage For Sofa

Don’t forget that if you’re using a patterned fabric, the yardage will go up a lot, depending on the size of the pattern’s repeat. And of course these charts are just rough estimates. If your furniture is newer and you know the manufacturer, you should call them for guidance on yardage. Or talk with your upholsterer.
yardage for sofa 6

Yardage For Sofa

It’s been exciting to go fabric shopping for these upholstery projects (speaking of which, I have a fun new collaboration to announce soon!). Here are the pretty standard, but really handy, yardage charts that I like to reference when I’m planning to reupholster a piece of furniture.
yardage for sofa 7

Yardage For Sofa

Warnings Underestimating for upholstery fabric become a big problem later. If you need more, the store may be out of stock or the new stock might be from a different dye lot and have a sightly different color. Upholstery fabric with medallions or designs that are centered on the back and seat of the sofa are very challenging to estimate and use, due to the pattern repeat. These are best left to professional upholsterers unless you are very confident about your upholstering abilities.
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Measure the front and back of the sofa by starting at the floor in the front, measuring, up, across the base where the cushions sit, up the front around the top and over the back. Add 6 inches and mark down the total.
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6Measure the front and back of the sofa by starting at the floor in the front, measuring, up, across the base where the cushions sit, up the front around the top and over the back. Add 6 inches and mark down the total.

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