How Do I Fix a Couch That My Dog Tore Up?

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Things You'll Need

  • Fabric

  • Furniture or craft fill stuffing

  • Fabric glue

  • Thread

  • Needle

  • Scissors

Sometimes man's best friend does not respect your furniture.
Image Credit: Chris Amaral/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Even if your new puppy just can't get enough of chewing on your favorite living room furniture, there is a way to fix your torn-up couch. Instead of simply scrapping the sofa, repair it with a few quick tips. Depending on the specific structure, material and color or pattern of your couch, you can easily fix munch marks by adding fill and fabrics. Try an all-over couch cover for an elegant, streamlined look, or consider creating a funky, eclectic design with cool patches.

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Step 1

Assess the damage. Pull the couch away from any other furniture and surrounding walls. Look for all bite marks, missing fabric or chewed stuffing.

Step 2

Add stuffing to replace what your dog has removed. Look for a cotton or polyfill from a craft store that is similar to your couch's existing stuffing. Push the new filling into cushions or the body of your sofa and squeeze it into the correct shape. Knead the stuffing or fill into place with your hands.

Step 3

Patch the couch's fabric. Use a fabric that is the same or similar to the original upholstery. Cut the fabric to size, add a thin layer of glue to the outside of the chewed area, then firmly press the patch into place. Avoid touching the patch until it is completely dry.

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Step 4

Sew seams or slash-type marks. Thread the needle and bring together the edges of the slice. Sew the chewed area together. Tie the loose thread at the end and cut to size.

Step 5

Create a seamless look with a slipcover. Although this may mean changing the color or pattern of your couch, using a slipcover still allows you to see the original shape. Place the slipcover over the couch and tie, snap or Velcro it into place.

Tip

Although it is tempting to skip the patching step, sewing and gluing on extra fabric helps to keep the shape of your couch and hold the stuffing in.

Change up your room decor. Choose a bold print or textured fabric slipcover rather than trying to match your original couch.

For an eclectic look, use multicolored patches, instead of slipcovering your couch.

Warning

Only use glue that specifically states it is made for use on furniture upholstery. Read the label and adhere to the manufacturer's instructions for drying times, heat or fire safety and proper use.

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Erica Loop

Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.