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Easy DIY Save for a Tired Old Sofa

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We had a tired old sofa, but we didn't want to get rid of her. She had good bones, super-comfortable down-filled seat cushions, and solid construction. We wondered if we could save her.
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  • easy diy save for a tired old sofa, painted furniture, reupholster
Let's cut right to the chase: YES!
For less than $80 and a little bit of easy DIY, we gave our sofa a new lease on life.
  • easy diy save for a tired old sofa, painted furniture, reupholster
Phase I: Find a solution for those saggy back cushions. The inserts were too broken-down to save.
  • easy diy save for a tired old sofa, painted furniture, reupholster
Four 26"x26" Ikea down-pillow inserts (only $9 each) gave us a new set of back cushions. To make covers for the cushions, we found a fabric on sale that coordinated with the sofa's existing fabric and our braided wool rug...
  • easy diy save for a tired old sofa, painted furniture, reupholster
Then, we decided to use the fabric from the original cushion covers for the backing fabric. This helps tie the new covers to the rest of the sofa.
We sewed a simple pillow cover that closes with buttons in the back. No piping or other tricky sewing.
Phase II: Ditch the skirt. We weren't able to remove it, so we simply folded it under the frame and stapled it down. The step required nothing more than 20 minutes and a staple gun. Super-easy!
  • easy diy save for a tired old sofa, painted furniture, reupholster
We love the new look of our sofa. Now, we've got both comfort and style--without shelling out money for a brand-new piece of furniture.
  • easy diy save for a tired old sofa, painted furniture, reupholster
To see more details and photos, please click on through to our blog post on the project.

To see more: http://www.thissortaoldlife.com/2014/04/21/a-diy-sofa-makeover/

Got a question about this project?

  • Lori
    Lori Canada

    I am really impressed. Good for you guys.

  • Meshelmarie50
    Meshelmarie50 Nashville, IN

    Great redo job! Looks like a new sofa.

  • Bobbie larsen
    Bobbie larsen White, SD

    what about back cushions that are sewn into the sofa? The dogs have pretty much scrunched the life out of them

    • Carolyn
      Carolyn San Jose, CA

      I have that issue too, cushions sewn to the sofa, and one of them is not only pushed down due to our dog, but it's also ripped partly away from the sofa back now so stuffing is exposed for a few inches. I have no idea how to deal with this.

  • Cacc
    Cacc Michigan City, IN

    Genius!

  • Brendaplank
    Brendaplank Apple Valley, CA

    Good idea! Thanks, I was wondering if I could do this to a similar sofa set. I once was in need of new carpet, but couldn't afford it in that one room.. I made sure it was shampooed well, then used liquid Rit Dye mixed 2 pts dye to 1 pt water,

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