How to repair chesterfield sofa

How to dismantle a chesterfield sofa


What will you need?

  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Wrench
  • Allen Wrench


Remove cushions

The first thing that we want to do is remove all the cushions from the sofa and place them on its back. We do this so that we’ll see all the partitions that we need to unscrew to dismantle this Chesterfield sofa successfully. 

Remove Legs

When the sofa is on its back, we can unscrew the legs. We do it when it is on its back to prevent any legs from cracking. Usually, to remove the portions, you’ll have to grab hold of them with your hands and begin to twist them. There are no additional tools required to do this.

Remove Staples

Once the legs have been unscrewed and taken off, you can remove the staples. Do this by using a flat head screwdriver and a pair of pliers. This move will help you successfully remove the upholstery without hurting your fingers.

Remove Bolts from Arm

When stripping a sofa, we want to start outside and come in. We will then grab our wrench and slowly remove all the bolts and screws attached to the arms. Don’t forget to keep these safe because we will require them later. Ensure that you remove as much upholstery as you need to but do not overdo it. If you have been thinking that once you are done dismantling this sofa, you will want to reassemble it again, then use as little upholstery as you can.

How to replace a button on a chesterfield sofa

To replace a button on a chesterfield sofa, you will need to make use of your thumbs. Place your thumb on the button and press very hard for 5 seconds. After that, you can release your hand, and the button should pop out. You can then add the replacement button and twist it with your thumb. 

How to reupholster a Chesterfield sofa?

  • The first thing that we want to do when reupholstering a Chesterfield sofa is to take a picture of it. Many people try to remember how the couch looked by memory, which leads to many problems. You must be careful to pay attention to where all the items you remove were stapled or screwed in. This precaution will come in handy when it is time to put everything back together.
  • Get out some measuring tape and then investigate the sofa dimensions and the cushions that come with it. It would help if you then made a mental note of the quantity and quality of fabric you are looking for on the market. You will also have to do some research to fully design the new look for your sofa.
  • Remove all the old parts from your sofa carefully. Do so by removing all the staples that hold down the upholstery and unscrewing all the bolts connecting to the armrest.
  • Try your best to add as little upholstery at a time. Have your new pieces of fabric close by and pin them directly where the old material was. This action will allow you to be more thorough and specific with the positioning.
  • When adding the new fabric, try very hard to ensure you do it in the same order you removed the old material.
  • Seeing as Chesterfield sofas are commonly tufted with buttons, you will need to ensure that you have added the required buttonholes to refit these. You will need to make these holes manually in the fabric you purchased by poking holes in them.
  • Once completed, ensure that all the staples have been returned successfully. Your Chesterfield sofa should be fully rejuvenated and have a new original bounce to it.

How to restore a chesterfield sofa

If you wish to restore a leather Chesterfield sofa, you shall need fine-grit sandpaper and a repair compound.

  • Start by using sandpaper to roughen up the area and eliminate any minor cracks in the leather. Doing so will help generate a trim level of dust that will successfully cover the holes within the sofa. 
  • Once the worn-out leather has been sanded down, we will add a repair compound that uses leather colorant and conditioner. Add this to a dry cloth and begin to buff the affected area.
  • When complete, all you will need to do is shine the leather, and it should be fully rejuvenated.

Can you dye a chesterfield?

It is possible to dye a Chesterfield to any color of your choice. However, it is essential to note that this is a complicated process that will only result in a surface dye. Depending on the quality and nature of the dye you use, the finished product may or may not be what is desired.

How to fix a tufted button on a couch

  • We first want to remove the button from where it is attached to ensure that any connection to the sofa is completely severed.
  • The second thing that we want to do is use an upholstery needle to thread a line joining the button to the sofa. You will need about 3 inches of tread behind the knots to successfully link the two items together.
  • Once done, you will need to tie off this connection between the two items, try to make a small knot, and tighten it. 

Pricing Guide

You can expect to pay between $30 to $60 for every yard of material you require on your upholstery. Depending on the size of the sofa, you can end up paying up to $1500 for a total upholstery redo.

Repairing a hole in chesterfield

  • Clean any dirt that surrounds the hole.
  • Get 320 sandpaper and lightly sand all around the hole to help remove varnish.
  • Get acetone and begin to degrease the hole.
  • Get a small piece of leather that you will laminate onto the hole to repair it. 
  • Use a repair paste to stick it onto the hole.
  • Get the sandpaper and begin to sand the edges of the new material lightly.
  • Patina wax is then required to mix the colors effectively. Leave this to dry for about 5 hours. Once done, your hole should be fixed. 
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