Reupholster a jack knife sofa?

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  1. Spartacus

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    Has anyone done it? We are remodeling the inside of our camper but the wife and I are debating on how to best go about updating our sofa. (Jayco refers to ours as an "J-Steel Sofa")
    We have tossed around ideas from fabric paint to, to simply a cover, to removing them completely and using all new material.

    One thing we haven't had much luck on options, is the end of the sofa next to the door. It's a curved wood piece with matching fabric sown around it. It also houses the fire extinguisher.

    Surely someone has done something with theirs besides completely removing it!? j-steel sofa.jpg
     
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    Are those cushion covers or, is it fabric mounted to a board?
    I like that drop-leaf on your table.
     
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    I removed mine, storage under sofa was worthless and so was the sofa. If you do remove the sofa you have to use that sofa end to support the wall or make something that will support the wall.....don't ask me how I know this if you know what I mean.
     
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    I'll have to take a picture of the bottom, but it's not mounted to a board. The fabric is connected to the metal framing with spring coils.
     
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    My cushions have the board inside of the cushion to use it for a bed with the bottom being some kind of lining instead of the cushion fabric.
     
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    Finally was able to disassemble the sofa. So theres a metal tubing frame all around the bottom near the edge of material. The actual material end is sown around a thin rod and then there is basically a metal clip bent around the material rod and another metal rod that is attached to the frame tubing. The wife and I have talked about different ways to go about recovering it but think we need something that can be removable so we can easily wash it. (2 kids)

    I was hoping someone had tackled something similar before?
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    Can you put something like a canvas or muslin on there tight with a stapler if there's wood and then do the cover like a fitted bed sheet so you can take it off?
     
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    I'll be following this as we have a similar sofa that desperately needs new cushions and a cover!
     
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    So after much deliberation, my wife decided to get a thicker material and sow them over the existing material. We originally wanted to make them removable to make it easily washable since its a light colored material, but we are just going ahead with sowing them over with a thick material and then applying Scotchguard to help with stain protection.

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    Can't wait to see how they turned out.
     
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    Couch is all done! Just need to put it back together and back in the camper.
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    That looks great! It's going to make a big difference. I've got several different upholstery fabrics that I already have to choose from. Can't wait to see the difference it will make in my camper.
     
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    Finally got it back together and in the camper!
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    It really looks good. It doesn't look like the same camper.
     
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    I’m chiming in late, but did you have a hard time removing the sofa? It looks like there are a lot of bolts and springs. Then was it hard reinstalling it?
     
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    It looked harder than what it was. The were 4 bolts per cushion and those were attached to the frame. The frame had 4 screws attached to the base. It was as simple as that!
     
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    Thank you so much for the info! I’m on it!!!
     

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