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How To: Renew a Tired Sofa

Are you tired of your sofa? Is it looking a little dull? Cushions a bit lumpy? Whatever the issue, you have a number of options for renewing your old furniture. For a look at the list, just


  • While you might know about flipping sofa cushions to keep them looking their best, you also want to bounce them to keep the foam from getting lumpy.
  • Spruce up the sofa with some fun, new throw pillows. You can even use old throw pillows and simply sew or buy new covers for them.
  • Since it's Winter anyway, toss a pretty blanket or lap quilt on an arm or back of the sofa. It's a great way to get cozy on the couch, and it's also a nice way to draw attention to a family heirloom or thoughtful handmade throw.
  • If you have an Ikea sofa, consider buying a beautiful slipcover from Bemz.
  • If your sofa is good quality and has a hardwood frame, but the upholstery is getting old, consider reupholstering. However, if the frame isn't high quality, it's better to replace it.
  • If you're not ready to invest in reupholstery or replace your sofa, then a slipcover is another good option.
  • Sometimes simply rearranging your living room is a good way to give an old sofa new life.

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verily verily 8 years
I probably could use a slipcover. My couch is still comfy and not sagging yet, but it's perma-covered in pet hair that won't come off when I vacuum it or apply a pet brush to it. Currently, I just flip the cushions when guests come over (there's the furry everyday side and the guest side).
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
another ikea tip: check stores at the end of seasons because they often discontinue certain cover patterns/colors and you can get a new slipcover for half price or less. I have an off-white cover and also a linen brown (nicely textured) cover for my KArlanda (IKEA) sofa and change them out depending on the season: brown for winter/early spring and then the off-white one for Summer and part of fall. i like the light color for summer because i don't need to worry about the color fading with all the sunlight.
wakeupandora wakeupandora 9 years
i stapled a neat bird fabric from IKEA to an old couch I picked up at Salvation Army - totally transformed it! And I used a brown thick staple in my staple gun and it gives it an neat look where it was fastened!
brixjnz brixjnz 9 years
Found this site with the absolute cutest sofa and chair covers I have ever seen. So much nicer than those lame cookie cutter covers you find at most big box stores!!!
emalove emalove 9 years
Slipcovers are always a great way to mix it up.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
Does anyone know how to spruce up an old leather sofa? Mine is so old and comfy, but the leather is not in good shape from years of cats and dogs...
leeapeea leeapeea 9 years
I have a wicker sectional and a futon. Both were easy for me to reapolster myself, since it was basically sewing straight lines and zippers. I used the previous coverings to create the patterns for the new coverings. I painted the wicker bright red for a more modern look. I found that just changing the window treatments in the living room gave the whole place - couches included - a new look. Different lighting, different feel about the edges, etc.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Mmmm great tips :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Love Bemz!
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