A few months ago we bought a new couch. The old one was green and we had bought it our first Christmas, something like 7+ years ago. I had re-stuffed it and honestly, it had had a good life. So 600 bucks later (believe me we shopped around), this lovely couch entered the Chicken Salad household. At that time we only had four cats. (**Only**)
This couch sits well and is way bigger than we anticipated. Like, WAY bigger. But we like it. The weird-o delivery man showed up with this tied to the back of his pick-up truck (I paid for this?!) The “non-woven material” underside had a slight tear and I noticed the monsters (specifically Nike) spending a LOT of time hiding under it.
So, like our box springs, I knew I had to “Cat Proof” the couch. Especially after cat #5 came home.
I have a heavy-duty upholstery staple gun and staples for it, so all I had to buy was the canvas painters cloth. (I also had a hammer and glue)
The underside looked like this:
This “non-woven” fabric is the same kind of stuff they make those cheap “reusable” bags our of. I really hate the stuff and it tears pretty easily.
I stapled the drop cloth along the wooden frame. I kept the staples close together and did both the horizontal and vertical parts of the frame. I tried to keep the material pulled tight. It didn’t have to be perfect, but it the less sag the less playtime the kitties will have. I also used a hammer to beat the staples deep into the wood so kitties (and Chicken Salad toes) don’t snag a staple and rip open some skin. This part took a little time, and my hands were cramped after I was done, but all in all, it is an easy job.
The legs were kind of tricky. I cut a little hole where the screws on the legs go into the couch and added a little glue to prevent fraying. Fray-Check (available where fine sewing goods are sold) would have been better, but I couldn’t find mine and I am impatient.
I gave it a couple of minutes to dry, kinda. And put the legs in place. This is just Elmer’s Glue-All. Nothing fancy. Just a little protection for the hole.
The bottom of the couch AND the ottoman were done in this way. Had I to do it over, I would have sewn a strip of fabric along the edge, kind of like a quilt binding, to give the cut edge a little more strength. As it was I folded it under and stapled the raw edges along the bottom and sides where I made a cut. I put the legs back on and its cat resistant, if not cat proof.
I highly recommend the heavy duty, not medium duty canvas drop cloth. It will hold up better and its just a few dollars more. This was medium duty and under our bed we have heavy duty. Our cats loved to run around inside the mattress support at night through a hole they tore. So the canvas helped BIG TIME.
This project was under $20 and took around an hour. The original “chicken S**T” material was replaced with something more “chicken salad”. And the cats, ah they don’t notice or care!
Have fun ya’ll!!