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« on: April 09, 2007 05:22:32 AM »

My hubby and I moved into an apartment shortly after getting married, with almost no furniture, we were talking about buying a couch one day, and when by some devine intervention, we go out to the dumpster, and someone had left a black pleather couch just sitting there to be thrown away, it wasn't in the greatest condition, but hey, it's free, so no complaints. It had a lot of tears in the pleather, and we tried taping over them with electrical tape, it matched well, but isn't the stickiest stuff around, and hasn't proven to hold too well. Last night, durring a cleaning/couch repair session (more electrical tape) I mentioned using duct tape, then, it dawned on me, why not cover the whole thing in duct tape! The idea: black duct tape (i like the black couch) covering all of it, with an undecided contrast color (probably red or blue) used to make nautical stars on the back, one per cousion thingy (two total, it's a small couch) Has anyone tried this? Is it worth spending the money on the duct tape? Or would the $60 be better spent on a thrift store couch?
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2007 09:26:30 AM »

IMO 60$ will be better spent on a thrift store couch...
i have the feeling that duct tape will get dirty easily and not be that comfy...
if you really want to craft up this couch maybe you could get cool fabric and like patch up the tears, just sew er on
will add colour, look cool and be cheap
and then  can have matching throw cushions in the fabric
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2007 09:30:43 AM »

since duct tape has sticky edges, it'll get dirty quickly and be slightly sticky to touch or sit on for a while. duct tape also tends to curl at the edges after a while if dirt gets into it.  Undecided

you may want to get a thrift store couch and reupholster it with fabric or bought pleather or you can do it to the one you have now (though I can imagine that pleather would be somewhat pricey by the yard)
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2007 09:31:46 AM »

I agree that thrift store couch or sewing a cover would be a better idea.
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2007 09:32:52 AM »

The idea sounds cool, but I think after sitting on it for a while the edges of the tape would curl up and stick to your butt. Not comfortable. Plus, all little crumbs and crap would embed themselves in it.
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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2007 09:47:59 AM »

You know, as much as I was rooting you on with your cool duct tape idea, getting thrift store furniture might be the way to go. The duct tape really will curl, which is a shame.

If you decide to recover, it's always good to keep in mind that the fabric doesn't necessarily need to be actual bolts of fabric, but vintage curtains work well (nice heavy material, good for upholstery), tablecloths, sheets... I even did a 50s French chair once in a fabric shower curtain....I  think the pic for that is here on my one blog page on reupholstering...

http://web.mac.com/thriftshopromantic/iWeb/The_Thrift_Shop_Romantic/Material_Girl.html

Anyway, you may be able to find something cheap to work with at a thrift store, flea market, maybe even a dollar store. I wish you a lot of luck with it.
 
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