How to hide a hole in the sofa
Debbie
November 2, 2013 in Design Dilemma
After wanting a new sofa for years, I ran across a deal online and bought one. It was a final sale, no returns. I've had it less than two weeks and one of my cats chewed a hole in one of the arms last night. They've never done anything like that before. The sofa is made by Broyhill. I'd like to get some arm covers, but I doubt if I could get the same fabric. Any ideas besides doilies? Just kidding about the doilies. I'm also looking for a cinder block, rope and a deep lake!
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Linda Maurer
That's hilarious! The cinder block part, that is. I have a similar couch with a similar hole created by a spoiled Labrador. I will be interested in seeing if anyone has any ideas other than an arm cover.
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sondramartina
I would just throw a blanket over that arm and problem solved.
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Genevieve
You could purchase some matching fabric and make a couple sleeves for the top of the the arm rest I will see if I can find an example for toy .

I found something that will help you ,use the fabric. http://www.ehow.com/how_5572434_sew-chair-armrest-cover.html http://www.ehow.com/how_5572455_sew-covers-arm-sofa-chair.html


get the idea :)
http://sofa-a.com/sofa/sofa-a/2012/05/sofa-arm-covers-1.jpg
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kimedge
I'd get in touch with the firm online and see if they have any spare bits of fabric left. Or get a match as close as you can, buy enough to get both ends re-done by an upholsterer. A couple of panels shouldn't cost too much. I know someone who did this for absolutely decades with her dream-sofa!
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Debbie
The Broyhill fabric number was attached to the sofa, thank goodness! I think I will try to find this fabric or something close to make covers until I can replace the end piece. I don't want it to get worse. There goes my great deal on the sofa.
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Call a local upholsterer and discuss. Sometimes there is enough fabric for them to stretch and reupholster the side using the same piece of fabric. It doesn't appear that there is enough, but it's worth a shot. Otherwise, ask the upholsterer to make arm covers. Chances are they'll have a neutral fabric that may work, or call the store and ask if you can purchase a yard of the fabric. The dye lot may be off a bit, but it would still cover it nicely. Good luck!
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orangecamera
Hate to bring this up, but you may have bugs in the sofa if your cat has suddenly begun biting furniture. I'd look into that before doing anything else. :(
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marybea
Is there room for an end table. The right sized end table could hide the hole.
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Genevieve
With a light colour sofa you are better off to get coves made the arm rest , the store where you purchased the sofa can place an order for extra cushions and covers for you , with pets,children and some adults we need to be prepared for these sort of things . Bring the cushion with you to the fabric store if you cannot get a hold of the original fabric .and don't forget to Scotch Guard it .
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Debbie
Oh, I hope I don't have bugs! Orangecamera, you made me look. I didn't see anything, but I'll keep my eye out.

I ordered the sofa from one of Joss & Main's sales events. Wayfair does carry this line. I'll give them a call and see if they can help. They have great customer service. Thank you for all the suggestions. Both arms are now covered with a throw to prevent further damage.

And, just for clarification, both cats will continue to be a part of our family. I don't know which one is guilty, so both will stay for now. :-)
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Tina Devereaux
Have you turned the sofa upside down? Sounds crazy, but I had a small but nasty rip occur in a sofa once. I freaked, because the piece was an antique! No WAY I could match the fabric. I turned the sofa upside down, and where the fabric had been attached to the frame in one corner, it hadn't been trimmed well. Thus, it left a piece just big enough for me to make a double patch. One under the rip, sofa in the middle, and one on the top. I was extremely careful the way I cut, so I could match the pattern on the top patch. I used... oh, what's it called.... shoot, I can't think of the name..... you use an iron with it.... fusible on both sides something.... anyway, whatever that's called. And after that dried, I used the teeny tiniest bit of liquid fray stop around the edges. But you may not need that, depending on your fabric. Mine was a tapestry. You will always know the patch is there. To you, it will stand out like a sore thumb. But to others, unless you point it out, they'll never notice. Good luck!
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Debbie
Wayfair is going to fix my sofa!
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orangecamera
Excellent!
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