I have added 8 easy steps to dismantle a leather sofa at home. However, before starting the process, you should figure out the type of sofa and its exteriors and interiors to avoid any confusion during the process.
How to Dismantle a Leather Sofa? You can dismantle a leather sofa by removing all the cushions, comforts, or any other accessories from the sofa. Next, turn it upside down, and remove the sofa legs and arms. It takes around 2 to 3 hours to dismantle a 3 seater leather sofa.
Moreover, the type and shape of a sofa will decide how much effort you need to put in to get the furniture disassembled whole and heated.
To dismantle a sofa, you will need screwdrivers, staple pullers, handsaw, hammers, pliers, wrench, and Allen wrench.
Also, keep a basket at your side to place in the removed upholstery to keep it safe from wear and tear.
You will need a flattened-head screwdriver or a Philip head screwdriver depending upon the screws used in your sofa. It is better to keep both of these with yourself to save time.
A typical 3-seater sofa consists of arms, legs, backseat, cushion box, skirting, arm panels, and cushion seat, collectively known as sofa exteriors.
A wood frame forms the base of a sofa and gives it support. Onto the frame is a net running that covers the frame base.
Above the frame and below the seats, there is a suspension material usually, metal springs or sponges, running parallel from one end to another and serves firm seating.
A 3-seater couch has sections or cushions suitable for a seating arrangement of at least 3 and a maximum of 5 people.
All these components together make a complete sofa infrastructure, and you must be aware of these parts before heading towards disassembling.
Remove leather sofa accessories
The easiest step is to remove all the decorative cushions, pillows, and comforters from the sofa.
These throw pillows or cushions are a source of both comfort and decoration on a couch.
Do not forget to place all these things in a safe and clean place unless you want to get rid of them.
If it has removable seating cushions, take them off. These seats usually have foam or soft padding inside packed by stitches.
You have to tear or open those stitches to take out the foam or pad but try to do it safely because this leather can come in any use.
Clean the fabric and move it to a safe place
When you decide to reuse the leather for other purposes or as an upholstery during the reassembling, I recommend cleaning it before removing it.
Clean the fabric using a non-abrasive cloth and an appropriate leather cleaner.
Move it to an open room area once you clean it from all the seats, sides, and corners.
If it is not possible to move it, remove the furniture and objects surrounding the leather sofa, to free the space for your convenience.
Now turn it upside down by taking help from 2 or 3 people to remove the legs and staple off the leather from the bottom. Never turn the furniture alone as it will cause you severe injury.
Remove sofa legs
Legs are an essential part of the furniture, giving it a balance, height, and support and preventing it from rubbing on the floor.
They are fixed on the frame at the bottom of the sofa with 3 to 4 screws on each leg.
Take a screwdriver of head corresponding to the screws on legs, and remove the sofa legs.
Remove the upholstery leather
These steps require more attention and dedication because a single stroke or pull can tear the leather, leaving you with a loss.
The leather sofa covers all the back, base, and front parts, giving it an overall synchronized look.
Start removing it from the base by using pliers or staple pullers and pluck off all the staple pins attaching leather with the frame.
Now, remove the upholstery from the back of the sofa to reach the frame and roll it carefully.
Remove leather from the arms and backseat, following the above instructions. Then, place all the leather in a bucket for safety.
Remove sofa arms
The arms and armrest are present on both sides of a typical 3-seater sofa, providing a comfortable place for people to rest their hands while sitting.
Manufacturers fix the arms to the main body of the couch using brackets or fasteners.
Take a wrench and remove bolts to lose the arms. Once you remove all bolts, take the loose arm and place them aside.
If you find some upholstery fabric beneath or under the arms, remove it as well. Now the seating area is completely open, with only wooden frames inside.
Remove backseat of the sofa
The last step you are going to follow is the removal of the backseat from the wooden frame.
The backseat has padded cushions to support the person sitting on it and adds up comfort.
Once again, take the screwdriver and remove all the bolts and screws, holding the backseat and the frame together.
Like others, keep this back part in a safe place if you are going to reassemble it.
Now you have all the parts separated and unattached from the base frame, so you can reassemble it whenever you want.
Dismantle a corner leather sofa
These sofas are L-shaped furniture and are suitable for placement in the corner of the room.
They have two seating lanes that lie at an angle of 90 degrees to each other and allow at least 6 to 7 people to sit on it at a time.
However, most of them have a small lane with two seats on one edge and a large section with three seats on the other.
They are popular in the USA because of their space-saving structure with maximum seating surfaces and comfort.
I have this couch in my small living room because it saves floor space and lets me decorate the rest of the room with other furniture and essential items.
You can easily dismantle these couches at home because they usually have fasteners or latches that attach sectional seats.
Firstly, assess the type of attachment pieces present in your furniture to attach and hold two lanes.
My sofa has jaw clamps, but there may be different clip and pin attachments in other furniture.
Next, find a tightening bar at the back of the sofa that holds all the frames together and separate them.
Move to the corner section and find the lip running around the top perimeter of this piece and slide your finger beneath it.
Keep your finger beside the edge of the detachable section and lift this part by detaching it from the sectional jaw clamps.
The pin should come out of the clamp when you lift it.
Sometimes the pin remains attached to the clamp, so you have to lift the detachable section instead of lifting the corner.
The clamp can also become loose and come out when you move the section away, so tighten it before reassembly.
Remove the other lane using the same technique. Try to be careful with the clamp and pins as they can break with force.
Now you can quickly move these separated parts of your sofa to the other room.
Can a dismantled sofa be reassembled?
People probably dismantle furniture when they want to change its location, and moving a huge assembled piece of furniture through a tiny door makes it extremely difficult for them.
Also, it becomes necessary when you decide to upgrade the upholstery of your sofa and want to do it yourself with some instructions.
Once you dismantle it yourself, reassembling becomes much more feasible and quick, as you are now aware of its all parts and assembly.
In this case, you have to be more careful to reuse the frame and body of furniture, and any fault will make you give up on the high-quality leather with the loss of wooden frame.
Concisely, reverse the steps of dismantling, starting from stapling upholstery fabric, adding arms and legs, and ultimately place some beautiful cushions on it.
Altogether, I recommend you make a video of disassembling procedure on your phone to get yourself more ease while setting it up again. Following the video, you will decrease 50% of your efforts.