Does Original Coil Springs keep/add value to a Love Sofa?

by Davy
(Orange County )

I've got a love sofa my mom purchased in the 1980's and it looks like a piece from the 1800's but she knows she purchased it from Sears for $500.

It's coil springs are popping upward and needs an updated fabric. An upholster recommended that I get rid of the springs because its more cost in labor and just go with a thick foam instead.

What should I do? Keep the coil springs or get foam cushion?


I've got a love sofa my mom purchased in the 1980's and it looks like a piece from the 1800's but she knows she purchased it from Sears for $500.

It's coil springs are popping upward and needs an updated fabric. An upholster recommended that I get rid of the springs because its more cost in labor and just go with a thick foam instead.

What should I do? Keep the coil springs
gs or get foam cushion?


Hi Davy

Your upholsterer is right when he says it will cost you more.
Retying of coil springs is labor intensive and will take hours to do in some cases.
The comfort of coil springs will be more comfortable than foam.
If the sofa was 100 years old and you wanted to keep its value then maybe it would be worth it to pay the extra cost to have then retied.

Just to give you an idea what is involved in the retying of springs.

Strip your chair down to the frame and make sure fabric, padding, staples and tacks are removed. lat Just make sure you have a look at how the coil springs were arranged in the seat.

Place your chair upside down and figure out how many webbing pieces you can fit on the bottom of your seat. Do this so that they do not overlap. Place as many strips as you can.

Staple the webbing to the middle of one side of the chair, leaving some extra beyond the staples. Fold over the extra and staple again.

Now you will need a webbing stretcher. Take the webbing to the opposite side and place the webbing into the teeth of the stretcher.
Make sure the rubber end is against the wood.
With the webbing in place bring the handle down until the webbing is as tight as a drum and staple in place.

Cut off the webbing with a little extra to fold and staple.

Make sure with the rest of the webbing strips that the are placed in a basket weave style.
if you have upholstery tacks place 3-4 of these into the ends of the webbing for extra reinforcement

Now place your springs into the frame the way they were before. The bent part of the coil spring goes up and set them up so that the bent part is in the same direction as all of them.

You will have to attach the bottom part of the spring to the webbing with a needle and button twine. You should attach each spring in 4 places.
Another fast wast way is to use a Clinch-it tool. You can go to YouTube to see how this works.


Attach upholstery tacks at each end of the rows of springs. Then cut a piece of tying twine the that is twice the length of the row.
Loop the end of the twine around the tacks and start tying each top of the spring front to back and side to side.
For an 8 way tie tie them at a 45 degree angle.
When done retying springs should move as one unit.

With foam you would just have the nail a piece of plywood the the frame opening, then foam on top and it would be ready to upholster

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