How to Spray Paint Your Sofa Like a Pro – Spray Painting

How to Spray Paint Your Sofa

How do you deal with an old sofa that does not appeal to you at all? Throwing it away can be an attempting option, only if you have not tried spray painting. Spray painting your sofa not gives you various color choices but also enhances your creative space.

The spraying process is faster than using a brush, and the drying process is shorter, an average of 10 minutes. Below is a detailed step-by-step guide on how to spray paint your sofa like a pro.

Spray Painting: How to Spray Paint Your Sofa Like a Pro.

1. Ensure Quality Space and Protection

It is advisable to choose an open working space that is well-ventilated regardless of the material you want to paint. The free space should also not be exposed and vulnerable to a windy day. Put on a disposable or reusable painting safety mask before you work. Put on your work gloves and the appropriate garment for the job.

It would be best if you worked on a wholly covered surface or a drop cloth. Also, if there are any objects nearby, ensure they are well covered. Most importantly, be sure to work in excellent and generous lighting.

Choose appropriate weather for spray painting. It should be neither too hot nor too cold. Ideal painting temperatures are supposed to be between 50°F and 90°F. Humidity should best be under 85%, and you should try not to paint in direct sunlight.

2. Choose Your Sofa

Select the one you want to paint, but be sure to consult with anyone invested in the sofa. Collectively agree on the color everyone would be comfortable with to make your job worthwhile. Test if the sofa is suitable for spray painting by adding a drop of water.

If the water sinks in the sofa, it is suitable for spray painting, unlike if the water beads up. If you want to paint the sofa more than a single color, be sure to match colors appropriately. The colors should be neutral or any that fits the existing colors.

3. Buy and Stock Your Supplies

Make a trip to the store for the essential supplies that you lack at home. Tools you will need include;

  • Sandpaper
  • Mask
  • Primer
  • Spray paint
  • Sealer

Ensure you don't buy the cheap generic types of paint if you want long-lasting results. For a fabric sofa, you should purchase special industrial paint that can comfortably cover the entire sofa. The usual spray paints will give you an undesirable result, a crunchy and flaky sofa that won’t appeal to you.

Spray paints have various finish options to choose, from high to low gloss. The higher the gloss you choose, the easier it will be to clean the sofa fabric. If you find latex or acrylic paint, you can consider adding a textile medium, making standard paint more flexible for fabric. Unfortunately for that, you will need to roll the paint and not spray.

If the paint job is vast, you should buy a spray paint handle. It will come in handy to save your fingers from constant aches and pains as you try to do a quicker job.

4. Prep the Sofa

Proceed to clean the sofa before you begin painting. Cleaning will ensure the painting will not be distracted by pieces of stuck-on foods, stains, and any other accumulating dirt. You can hire a professional furniture cleaner to clean your sofa if you don’t know how to do it.

If there are rigs on the sofa, you should repair them at this stage. Remove the cushions from the couch to spray them separately, or cover them in new matching fabric. Cover the surfaces under the pillows with plastic sheets and add painter's tape to protect it from accidental spills.

5. Start Your Project

  • Before you begin spraying the sofa, do a light test run with the spray. You can test the paint on a less conspicuous part of the couch to determine the color's likelihood of giving the desired effect. Ensure the tested part dries effectively and does not rub off easily. Drizzle a little water on the tested surface, and if the paint comes off, you should consider changing the spray.
  • Depending on your fabric, priming is an important step. It ensures the paint sticks, and also an even paint coverage. Use long and even strokes to cover your pieces with the primer. Avoid spraying uncovered areas to prevent paint dripping. After the first coat dries, add the second, but only if necessary.
  • Paint the back first. Starting from the end is safer, for example, if you have less experience and want to do a visibly unprofessional job. Start at the top, spraying thin, even lines that overlap as you move downwards. If the initial coat looks streaky and light, then prepare to spray another coat.
  • Spray the cushions separately. These may take a longer time since you have to let one side dry before turning to spray the other side.
  • Wait approximately two days to before applying another coat. During these days, you can determine if the base coat color choice works for you and if the paint is sticking properly to the fabric.
  • Once you are satisfied, you can resume painting the second layer. Paint each part of the sofa methodically. Ensure you let a considerable amount of time in between coats to allow for a final professional look. 

If you love your work, you can invite a few friends or relatives and see if they share your enhanced creativity.

Tips to Remember

  1. 1
    Always wear protective gear while spraying paint.
  2. 2
    Testing the paint before is a sure way of protecting your fabric.
  3. 3
    If you notice that your paint isn't adhering to the fabric, try a different primer coat.
  4. 4
    Read carefully the information provided on the labels to determine the suitability of the paint with your sofa. 


Follow this step-by-step guide on how to spray paint your sofa for a professionally unapologetic look on your sofa. On the plus side, it's just a sofa, so you can switch up colors as regularly as you please. Ensure your safety, and watch out for other objects or people around you before spray painting your sofa.

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