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You have to be a really dedicated do-it-yourselfer to consider reupholstering your own furniture. It takes skill and time, specialized tools... not the sort of thing you do at home. However, making your own futon covers is not all that difficult. If you find a style of fabric that would look great in your home, consider making your own futon cover. Just two rectangular pieces of fabric can bet stitched together into an envelope that will hold your futon mattress. Remember to install a zipper across one end, and you're done.