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How to Cover an Old Leather Sofa to Make It Look New

If your leather couch is starting to look like it would fit in better in a college dorm than in your living room, consider sprucing it up instead of buying a new sofa. You can re-cover a sofa with slipcovers or new cushion covers, or you can reupholster it altogether to give it a new look. Before you attempt to recover your sofa, clean it well, repair any rips or tears and remove any stains.

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  1. Clean your leather sofa: If your leather sofa is not torn but looks dull and old, it may just need a thorough cleaning. It is, however, important to clean it properly. Ask your sofa manufacturer if there is a recommended cleaning solution for your couch; otherwise wipe a cloth damp with water over the surface to remove debris, then apply a leather conditioner.

  2. Purchase new leather covers. If your leather covers come off each cushion, you can purchase new ones to replace them.

  3. Place a slipcover over your sofa. Whether you want to keep the leather look or not, you can find a slipcover to make your sofa look new. Look into custom-fit slipcovers if you have a sofa in an unusual style.

  4. Have your sofa reupholstered. If you've never tried to reupholster furniture before, consider taking the sofa to a professional. Working with leather can be difficult, and redoing a whole couch is a huge undertaking. If you just need to reupholster your cushions, make simple slipcovers that will fit over the existing cushion material.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning cloth
  • Slipcovers

About the Author

Michelle Hogan

Michelle Hogan is a writer and the author of 13 books including the 2005 bestselling memoir, "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America." Hogan studied English at American University and has been writing professionally since 1998. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Redbook," "Family Circle" and many other publications.

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