Hackers Help

Published on December 4th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Hacker help: How do you recover a Solsta Sofa Bed?

Photo: IKEA.com

Materials: Solsta sofa bed & faux fur zebra fabric

Description: I have fun Zebra material and I wanted to recover a Solsta Sofa Bed for my daughter’s room. Has anyone tried something like this? Can it be done with glue and staple gun?

Thanks in advance for all suggestions.

~ T.Anna, NYC


Updated: 10 December 2012

Hey T.Anna, this just came in from Katja, with picture instruction for a new cover for your Solsta sofa bed. Hope it helps.

~ Katja, Slovakia

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8 Responses to Hacker help: How do you recover a Solsta Sofa Bed?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Are the measurements provided in the images from Katja correct? I don’t really know how to sew, but I am attempting to completely reupholster the couch. My measurements aren’t matching up with the ones on the images, so I am a bit confused.

  2. Jules Yap says:

    T.Anna, I’ve just update the post with some pictorial instructions from Katja. You may find it useful.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I second the slip cover idea, but recommend sewing covers for sections and lining it all up to match the pattern. I have this sofa and had to take it apart at one point: the bottom cushion area is weird – it folds out to a flat foam bed but doesn’t completely detach. I ended up cutting the sections apart and installing snaps on the little flaps to reattach. You could easily cut the bottom cushions apart, recover in zebra, then reattach with snaps or something else fairly sturdy. The back and the sides come as separate sections, so they’d also be easy to cover. I’d measure, sew a cover, then pull it over and staple into the bottom of the pieces. I believe the bottom of the piece is particle board, so it might hold staples.

  4. Kate says:

    It cannot be done well with just glue and a staple gun. However, IKEA is the best furniture on which to learn upholstery. It’s all fairly square, so no complicated curves to stitch, and it breaks into easy to sew sections. Getting the seam between an arm and a seat is hard, but breaking the arm off the seat and sewing 3 rectangles is easy.

    I’d say the project is the next step up from upholstering seat cushions and sewing pillows. If you have some patience, you can definitely have good results. You may even be able to use the previous cover as a guide.

  5. Ullevidsdal says:

    My suggestion is that you sew a cover that fits over the whole sofa with velcro at the opening fitting just under the sofa and velcro round the lines under the sofa that you fix with a staple gun. Remember to put the hard velcro under the sofa and the soft velcro on the fabric.

    Easy to remove and wash!

    Hard to describe without a drawing :-)

    Good luck!

  6. You could try slip covering it. Starting at the base of the sofa(the hard part), stitch flaps to go over each arm, back and one to go over the middle main cushion. Velcro all edges to bottom of the sofa where you have the exposed frame.

  7. marox79 says:

    I’d do only the cushions in the zebra pattern and leave the rest of the sofa the way it is (providing the fabric is in good condition).
    My sister did something similar to her sofas a year ago: she hired someone to do the cushion covers though.

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