Ideas for Funky Sofa Upholstery

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Ideas for Funky Sofa Upholstery
Use new fabric to give your sofa a funky look. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Funky couches have a unique look that doesn't resemble any couch you have ever seen. Even if you're just reupholstering an existing couch, you can pick a fabric that gives it a fresh look. Opt for fabric in a bright colour that immediately catches the eye or, a soft fabric that you can't stop touching. Use funky sofa upholstery ideas to turn your couch into the focal point of the room.

Use a Tapestry

Tapestries are large pieces of fabric with an image or design. The fabric pieces are typically used as a decorative element on a wall. Use a tapestry as a new slipcover or upholstery for your sofa. Place the tapestry directly on the couch and adjust the fabric until it reaches the bottom of the couch on both the front and back. Tuck the fabric into the cushions and secure on the edges with upholstery tacks.


Velour is a fabric that is soft to the touch. When fitted to a sofa, the fabric gives it a unique appearance. Velour comes in neutral colours, but for a funky look, opt for a bright colour. Hot pink, bright red or even purple gives an upbeat and funky vibe to the couch. You can even opt for two colours on the sofa, but pick two colours that complement each other. For example, pick a shade of purple and dark blue, or black and bright red.

Printed Upholstery

Printed fabric gives your sofa a new look and draws the eye to the couch. A leopard-print fabric catches attention, but almost acts as a neutral. The darker shades of the leopard print complement other colours in the room, including brighter shades of red and pink. For a more explosive look, opt for a zebra print or flame printed fabric. Flame printed fabric features bright red and yellow flames against a black background. The fabric has a funky vibe that highlights other shades in the room.

Just the Edges

Upholster the sofa in two fabrics: one plain fabric and one patterned fabric. Use the plain fabric on the cushions, back, sides and other larger parts of the sofa. Use the patterned fabric on the front edge of the sofa, the edges of the cushions and along the arms. The two fabrics create a cohesive look, but have a funkier slant than using just one fabric.

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