Couch Reupholstery 1. Have plenty of fabric. 2. Give yourself plenty of time. 3. Do one side first so you can review how it was put together. Note pieces and the order you remove them. 4. Have the right tools. I don’t know what the “proper” tools are but here are the tools we used: staple lifter, hammer, pry bar, electric staple gun, needle nose pliers, screw driver, and scissors. 5. Consider having the cushions professionally reupholstered and covering the couch itself.