Furniture Repair and Assembly/Vintage sofa springs


I have a vintage sofa with a drop in spring unit below the deck and tied sprigs in the back.  My question is can I reuse the springs I have when I reupholster my sofa?  How do I tell if the springs are still good?  I don't believe any of the springs are broken but when you sit on the sofa you kind of bottom out and the entire lower part compresses completely.  If my drop in unit is done for can I replace it with webbing and new springs?

Thank you for the advice.
-Alison Schaaf

Hi Alison

drop in units if all metal are the hardest to repair because they have a thin metal that breaks.
even though regular springs are made with 9 gauge steal which rarely breaks
have your upholstery replace with 9 gauge sprigs and hand tie them.

the springs on the back are a lighter gauge steel and should be ok to retie with cording

a spring that has become un compressed with be very soft, hand tying make them firm


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We work on everything in relates to building, redesigning, remolding, reupholstering and repairing. We reupholster wood frames, walls, ceilings, doors, yachts, outdoor cushions and many more. We use different kinds of padding to re-pad and re-web. We are a green business and are constantly getting new products and lines of green sustainable materials for upholstered furniture. To see more information and pictures of our work, please go to our website. New Upholstered Furniture - new custom designed furniture Reupholstered Furniture - recover your old furniture Restyled Furniture - alter the look of your pieces Antique Restoration - restore your upholstered antiques Slipcovers - tailored or loose fit for chairs and sofas Dining Chair Seats - new fabric to freshen your room Chair Pads - add a little softness to a wooden seat Window Seat Cushions - new and recover for all shapes and sizes Cushions for outdoor furniture - fabulous fabrics for outdoor use Banquettes - unique built-in seating for any room Upholstered Headboards - new or recovered, any style, any size Upholstered Beds - custom styles for every home Upholstered Walls - padded and your fabric applied for a distinctive look. Toss Pillows - down blend inserts, special fabrics and trims Bed skirts - tailored or gathered, any fabric, any size We do not work with autos, metal frames and do not finish or refinish wood frames, but we do some office furniture


I started in high school around 1970, where I worked my way up from apprentice and upholster partners until 1983. I then opened Michael's Upholstery in San Rafael, CA which is now Michael's Custom Built Inc. About 20 years ago, we became a sustainable green business and are proud to say that we still are.

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