How to Dye a White Sofa


Dyeing a sofa is extremely challenging to accomplish. It is a tedious process that takes a lot of patience, work and multiple tries. Before attempting to dye your couch, make sure you are wholeheartedly into this project. Fortunately there are some things you can do to make the process a little easier. Despite its difficulty, after you are finished and satisfied with your new sofa, all of that work becomes extremely rewarding.

Things You'll Need

  • Deep-couch cleanser (such as Resolve)

Preparing The Sofa

  • Clean your sofa. Since the sofa is white, clean it as well as possible. Use the couch-cleanser or any other deep-cleaning fabric cleanser.

  • Look at the chart (See References.) to see what type of sofa you have and therefore the amount of dye you need for your sofa. The attached reference page has a chart of over 50 sofas and chairs that you can match to your own sofa.

  • Measure your sofa if you don't trust the chart or can't find your sofa on the chart. The ratio is one can (8 oz.) of dye to one yard or 36 inches of fabric.

Dyeing the Sofa

  • Test a hidden area before dyeing the whole entire couch. This will allow you to see if you actually like the color you have chosen. The best hidden areas are the bottom of the seat cushion or pillow.

  • Start to paint the areas your want to paint once you are satisfied with the paint color. Perform this process very carefully because mistakes are easily made. Also follow the directions on the canister of dye carefully.

  • Paint some more, after it is dry, if you want to touch-up spots.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a white towel to see if the couch is dry after 3 days. Any non-dry paint will most likely show up on a white towel rather than a dark-colored towel.
  • Dyeing a sofa is a tricky process. The makers of the dye you have chosen cannot be held responsible for any mishaps.

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