How to Dismantle a Sofa

Updated February 21, 2017

You may one day find yourself in a situation where you must dismantle your sofa. You may need to repair it, relocate it or simply remove it, and a large, fully assembled sofa may not fit through your front door. Dismantling a sofa can be a bit challenging, but with the help of a few basic tools, like a hammer and scissors, the task should go smoothly.

Remove any objects or obstructions in the near vicinity of the couch to give you more working room. Take off the top cushions, pillows and any upholstery from the couch. Put them in a safe place.

Turn the couch upside down. Get a friend to help you if the couch is heavy. If the couch has legs, use a screwdriver to unscrew them from the body of the couch. Set the legs aside.

Use a mat knife to cut off the upholstery. Cut across the seam of the upholstery and pull up with your free hand to free the upholstery fabric. Cut off and remove any padding with the mat knife. If you wish to reuse the upholstery for a later project, break the stitching along the seam with a seam-ripping tool to keep the fabric intact.

Check the frame of the sofa to determine the location of any connectors, springs or hinges. Use pliers or a screwdriver to unscrew or unfasten these components.

Pull apart the sofa pieces. Remove the pieces or organise them as needed for other projects.


If you do not wish to dismantle the sofa pieces by hand, consider cutting your sofa frame in half using a reciprocating saw for fast removal.


Always wear safety gloves when working with hand tools to avoid injury.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Mat knife
  • Seam ripper
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
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