At Dr. Sofa, we often collaborate with our customers to transform an old, out-of-date sofa into a sofa that looks and feels brand new and showroom sharp. Take a look at our photos of this before and after couch makeover – they document the process of one sofa’s transformation from old and drab, to absolutely fab. This is how to remodel a couch!
The first step in the process is a consultation with our client. We receive a sofa, and we sit down with its owner and talk about the furniture redesign that our customer hopes to achieve. We ask our clients about their preferences in color, size, and textiles, because all those elements are in our toolbox – we can alter them to achieve just about any look that our clients desire. We discuss many, very different couch renovation ideas, because almost anything is possible. Our clients enjoy the design freedom of creating a new couch with just the look they want, as opposed to choosing one of a limited selection of looks from a furniture store. In this case, our client wanted the sofa to have a more modern look, while still harmonizing with the other pieces in their home.
Once we had a clear idea of what our client wanted, we drew up an artist’s sketch for our customer to approve, to make sure that our client would get exactly the look that they wanted. We also selected a fabric and color that matched our customer’s goal of achieving a more modern look, and matching other existing pieces in their home.
Next, we drew up a plan to determine which parts of the existing couch we could upcycle and use again, and which would need to be changed to achieve the desired result. We disassembled the piece of furniture as part of this process. Disassembly showed us which parts were still usable, and which were in need of repair or alteration.
Once we had redesigned and rebuilt the sofa, we began the process of reupholstery with a smart new fabric. The result was nothing short of amazing. What was once a dark, shapeless leftover from the ‘90s is now a sleek monochrome sofa that looks as if it came straight from a designer show room. The look is modern, sophisticated and versatile. This neutral, solid color and streamlined design will easily meet the owner’s goals of a piece that harmonizes with existing furniture. We delivered the piece to the owner, who was delighted – another happy ending!
We hope that this upcycled furniture before and after gives our customers an idea of what is possible with sofa redesign and reupholstery. Almost any old sofa, no matter how shapeless or drab, can become a showstopper with the right TLC from the pros. We always enjoy turning an ugly duckling of a couch into a beautiful swan – and our customers love experiencing the creative process with us!