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4 Simple Sofa Facelifts — Starting at $40

Dying to update your sofa, but can't stomach the idea of buying an entirely new piece or paying big bucks for a reupholstery job? There's no need to spend major money on your sofa when renovating or redecorating your space. Spruce up your seating area with these simple and effective ideas, from least to most expensive.

Least Expensive: New Pillow Cases
While you could always buy new pillows, save space by buying new pillow cases. Go for seasonal colors, new patterns, or something sparkling like the West Elm Sequins Circle Pillow Cover ($39).


Keep reading for another least expensive choice, plus two other ideas for updating your tired old sofa!

Least Expensive: Decorative Throws
Stay warm despite the chilly Fall weather with an easily accessible sofa throw like a Restoration Hardware Chenille Heathered Braided Throw ($59).

Moderate: Sofa Covers
Reupholstering sofas can be expensive, but if you have an Ikea sofa, you're in luck. You can quickly and easily change your decorative mood by covering your couch with a sofa cover like those from Bemz (starting at $250 for a three-seater sofa).

Most Expensive: Slipcover Sofa
Opt to buy a sofa that is intended to be slipcovered, so you can pick several covers to switch out seasonally. This Pottery Barn Carlisle Slipcovered Sofa ($3,000) has over 80 fabric options, so you can never grow bored.

Have you given your sofa a simple facelift? Tell us how you managed to makeover your sofa in the comments.

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Ronique Ronique 5 years
Love the ideas about the slipcovers and new pillowcases for the throw pillows. I think sofas are the one area of your interiors that you think you have to replace the whole couch, rather than jazz it up!
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