For many of us, the sofa is at the heart of our home. It’s where we relax with a book or Netflix marathon, chat with friends and family, and even take naps on occasion. The fact that your couch gets so much use means it’s probably no surprise if it’s looking a little worse for wear these days—especially if you’ve had the same one for a while. However, sofas don’t come cheap, so replacing yours might not be a viable option right now; or maybe you’re quite attached to yours, and would rather not part with it! Either way, there are several tips and tricks you can try to rejuvenate an old couch. Here are a few to get you started.
Give it a deep and thorough clean
If you’ve never properly cleaned your sofa, you’ll be amazed at the difference it can make. You’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for how to do so before you get started, as it will vary a lot depending on the style of sofa you have and the material it’s made from. The whole process can take some effort, but you’ll be glad you did it!
Sort out sagging cushions
If your sofa is looking tired and saggy, one trick is to try re-stuffing the cushions to give them a new lease of life. Open them up and see what kind of filling they have, as this will then help you to work out how to repair or refill them. Foam padding is a great option for plumping up both back and seat cushions—just be sure to measure and cut it carefully. Alternatively, if the cushions are well past their prime and you want a quick fix, you can replace them altogether with brand-new ones.
Accessorize with pillows and throws
Whether you have a traditional three-seater couch or a modern modular sofa, it’s very easy to brighten it up with some carefully chosen accessories. Pick a cozy throw that doubles as a blanket that you can snuggle under on cold evenings, or get a selection of comfy pillows that match your living room’s decor. You can mix up the size, shape, fabric, texture, and design of these to create a look that is uniquely yours, and of course, you always have the option to switch them out for new ones if you get bored of the ones you’ve chosen.
Switch the couch cover or replace the legs
If the issue is more with the aesthetics of your sofa than the condition of it, you could consider replacing just the legs to give it a new look. Very often these can simply be unscrewed from the frame and switched out for new ones, making it an easy change to make. Alternatively, you could paint your existing ones a new color. For a more dramatic effect, you can buy slipcovers for your couch quite cheaply these days. These enable you to completely change the look and color of your sofa to match the room with minimal effort or investment.