How to Reupholster an RV Sleeper Sofa Seat

Item # X-HT-300576

If the sleeper sofa, also known as a jack knife sofa, in your RV needs new upholstery, you’ve come to the right place. In this video we’ll show you how easy it is to replace the old, uncomfortable foam and torn fabric with high-quality upholstery foam and home décor fabric from Sailrite. From foam and fabric to tools and notions, we have everything you need to update your sofa upholstery. Let’s get started on today’s DIY project.

Learn how to reupholster an RV sleeper sofa

The before and after of our three-part RV sleeper sofa video series.

This upholstery project may seem intimidating, but even if you are new to upholstery work, you’ll be able to follow along. We break down the entire process of removing the fabric; pattering, measuring and cutting; sewing; and installing the new upholstery into step-by-step, easy to manage parts. This video tutorial is part of a three-part sofa upholstery series. Be sure to watch the other videos to learn how to upholster the backrest (#300575XHT) and the side panels (#300577XHT) of our RV sleeper sofa.

Watch the video below to learn how to reupholster the seat in your RV jack knife pull-out sofa.

If you’re looking for more RV project ideas, be sure to check out our entire RV Renovation Series. We’re redoing an Airstream Argosy trailer from top to bottom, inside and out. We’ll teach you how to sew new curtains and roller shades, how to sew a new RV awning, how to install new headliner material, and so much more. Don’t miss any of the projects in this comprehensive video series.

How did your RV sofa upholstery project turn out? Share photos of your before-and-afters in the comments section below or on social media. Tag us with #Sailrite so we can see your amazing DIYs. We love seeing how our customers are using our supplies and video tutorials to tackle all of their DIY projects.

Video Chapters:

  • Intro — 0:00 min.
  • Removing Fabric Cover — 0:31 min.
  • Measuring & Cutting Foam — 4:00 min.
  • Determining Fabric Cut Sizes — 17:04 min.
  • Cutting Fabric to Size — 22:39 min.
  • Marking for Pleats & Fabric Pull — 26:39 min.
  • Determining Size of Fabric Pull — 30:11 min.
  • Sewing Fabric Pull on Fabric — 32:03 min.
  • Creating Pleats — 34:14 min.
  • Reducing Fabric Pull Gap — 37:09 min.
  • Cutting & Sewing Boxing to Plate — 38:59 min.
  • Sewing Cording on Fabric’s Edges — 49:26 min.
  • Attaching Cushion to Metal Frame — 51:14 min.
  • Materials & Tools List — 1:07:04 min.

Materials List:

  • High Density Polyurethane Foam (Medium) 4" x 36" x 80" (#284M3680)
  • Medium Density Polyurethane Antimicrobial Foam (Soft) 1" x 48" x 80" (#181S4880)
  • 3M™ General Trim Spray Adhesive (#73211)
  • Décor & Upholstery Fabric from Sailrite - We used Crypton® Home Nomad Indigo (#122984)
  • Seamstick 3/8" Basting Tape for Canvas (36 yds.) (#122064)
  • Spun Bonded Pillow Protector 42" Fabric (5 yds.) (#122176)
  • Hog Rings for Upholstery - Sharp Point (#121880)

Tools List:

  • Sailrite® Blade Foam Saw V2 with Carrying Case (110V) (#121244)
  • Clear Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24" (#102400)
  • Tape Measure 120" (#102986)
  • Dura-Skrim® Patterning Material 74" (#103134)
  • Gingher® 8" Scissors Right Handed (#19104)
  • Grease Marking Pencil White (#101026)
  • Sailrite® Standard Fabricator® Sewing Machine Package (110V) (#400500)
  • Cording Foot Set 1/4" for Fabricator® (#400414)
  • Multiuse Pins 1-1/2" (250 pack) (#102985)
  • Deluxe 5-1/2" Magnetic Sewing Guide (#103597)
  • Hog Ring Pliers (#100950)
  • Socket Set, Screwdriver, Wire Cutters, Marker, T Square, Needle-Nose Pliers