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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.
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.
Phase I: Find a solution for those saggy back cushions. The inserts were too broken-down to save.
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...
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!
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.
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/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Patty
    Patty Hodgenville, KY
    on Apr 22, 2014

    What a great save, it is beautiful.

  • Lauri Black / Shabby 2 Uniquely Chic
    Lauri Black / Shabby 2 Uniquely Chic Woodland, WA
    on Apr 22, 2014

    Wow, what a save! I like that you thought to ditch the skirt around the bottom, it really made it look more clean and modern. You did such a good job, and have given hope to those out there with sad saggy couches.

  • Wendy Willey
    Wendy Willey Spokane, WA
    on Apr 22, 2014

    Rita and Cane, did you replace the foam in the seat cushions??? They look so much firmer!

    • Rita and Cane
      Rita and Cane Gresham, OR
      on Apr 22, 2014

      @Wendy Willey No, we just straightened out the cushion covers a bit. :-)

  • Desiree Ladd
    Desiree Ladd Waltham, MA
    on Apr 22, 2014

    Nice save!

  • Wendy Johnson
    Wendy Johnson Niles, MI
    on Apr 22, 2014

    It looks really nice, tucking the skirt up was a good idea. The pillows are bright and cheery . What a great way to save money and keep using (re-using) something, but improve it.

    • Rita and Cane
      Rita and Cane Gresham, OR
      on Apr 22, 2014

      @Wendy Johnson Thank you! We really like thrifting and saving old things and it feels pretty awesome to do that with a whole couch!

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