We have a ten-year old sofa that's in good shape except for the sinusoidal
spring set under the seat, which has gotten soft. A local upholstery guy
wants over $300 to replace it, and says it involves removing the fabric
cover on top of the springs to get at them (can't push go through the bottom
I guess because of wood cross members. Is there any way we can attempt this
project ourselves (we're fairly competent DIY'ers), and if so, where might
we purchase the replacement spring set ? Thanks for your help! --- John
Go for it. Take pictures before, during, and after. Make a web site
out of it, help others who are like you. Shoot, maybe you could even
sell advertising and make a few pennies on it.
If it turns out that you can't get it done to your satisfaction, you
can always call in the pro later. After all, he'd pretty much take it
completely apart anyway. You'd just save him some time.
As for sources, this brought up a large number of relevent sites:
Please remove the spamtrap to email me.
Thanks to everyone for their advice. The Atrim site was especially helpful,
Mike. From the Atrim website, it looks like there are a number of
specialized tools required to cut, bend, stretch, and install the springs,
so we might soon be reconsidering the pro's offer :-) We'll let you know
how it goes. --- John
I picked up a $20 loveseat which needed springing and
found that a thick piece of foam wedged between the seat
and cross member fixed it just fine until I build that
Mission couch. It has the sinuous spring style, too.
Yes, you should be able to do it. Pick up a book like Gheen's
"Upholstery Techniques Illustrated" or James' "Upholstery: A
Complete Course". Both are excellent to give you the info you
need and pictures of the tools necessary for the job. Buy or
build your own. Sinuous springs have a special cutter, but any
old spinning abrasive disc would do the job.
Pick up the 1/4" crown stapler from Harbor Freight for $24 and
change. Turn an old screwdriver into a decent staple/tack puller.
Cut your foam with a $1 garage-sale electric carving knife. We
bottom feeders consider this type of thing a challenge.
Let us know what you end up doing!
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