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Asked on Jan 16, 2019

How do I bring this back to life?

Frank ZhangKaren JulioAmber


We came from homelessness and this love seat was a hand me down from a local organization. I'm a mom of boys, and this seat is beyond cleaning but it has so much life left! It also has a pull out bed too. How can I repair this and bring it back to life? I'm not a crafty person so I'm looking for the cheapest and easier way to make this beautiful again. I'd like a cover and I know I would need to stuff and sew a couple spots. The back is attached but not the seat cushions. Thank you!

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11 answers
  • Anne Knox hat ladi
    on Jan 16, 2019

    Get anew over from ikea

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Jan 16, 2019

    If you can't find a decent cover, you could throw a couple of blankets over it to "get by" and tuck them in. Maybe sheets or some material you like. I used a sheet and safety pins on my window seat. I also used a piece of material and some upholstery tacks (linked) to recover a foot stool. I gathered the corners with a rubber band and tucked them under. Congratulations on getting into a home.

  • K. Rupp
    on Jan 16, 2019

    Check out sure-fit slipcovers. They will have just this style sofa and you will like the look of it once you put it on. Though getting to the pullout bed may be tricky after putting the slipcover on. So if that is out of the question there are ways to paint a couch using fabric paint. I have not done it yet so I don't have my own tutorial for you but you could search how to paint a couch right in Hometalk for a tutorial. As for the seams that need to be sewn it sounded like you might know how to do that. If it gets hard with a regular needle and thread, you can always go to Joanne Fabrics and buy a curved sewing needle that will make the job soooo much easier. Good luck!

  • Chere
    on Jan 16, 2019

    New stuffing would help , of course . Several ways to upgrade the look . And while new slipcovers might not SEEM the cheapest option many are in sale right now through Overstock , Amazon and for best pricing Groupon , did you know you can also paint upholstery? I’d very carefully look up the how to videos , I’m not sure about paint durability however , some have used chalk paint but really.... save a bit... buy an affordable slipcover OR

    some also very creatively use Paint drop cloths au natural for that farm look and do

    coordinating curtain pains from cool iron hooks they’re so reasonably priced and come in many sizes get a bigger one for tucking ... I’ve considered doing this for a change .

    Good luck creativity is in your side !

  • Annie
    on Jan 17, 2019

    This really needs a lot of work. Do you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStor near you? I’ve seen very nice couches in great shape there. Otherwise, I think your best bet is a slipcover.

  • Bbunny42
    on Jan 17, 2019

    You might consider using a king-size printed sheet, bedspread or quilt. Walmart has great quilts at good prices. You can get corkscrew-looking pins in the fabric department or fabric store and just fold and pin until it looks neat. If you access the bed frequently, just use the covering as a throw. I suggest printed material since it will cover up stains and dirt better than solid-color material. And, best of all, these materials are all washable!

  • Suzy Googoo
    on Jan 17, 2019

    While everyone focuses on dressing up a turd, I say: Look daily on Craigslist free section and get a new couch for free. Then, post this one on Craigslist for free.

    • Suzy Googoo
      on Jan 17, 2019

      Yes!!! And, if she doesn’t have any way to transport the new couch, she can ask the people giving away the couch she wants to transport it. Persistence. Maybe 1 out of 5 will say yes, and that’s pretty good when all you need is 1.

  • Karen
    on Jan 17, 2019

    If the couch has zippers, use quilt batting and wrap around the bottom cushions. Use Poly-fill for the back cushions. Put the poly-fill in through the back side only. Keep stuffing and stuffing and stuffing. Make sure it is over stuffed right down to the zipper. For the corners, use a ruler to get the stuffing in place. In the end, the back cushions will look too puffy and over stuffed but will settle down after a few weeks

  • Amber
    on Jan 17, 2019

    Thank you so much everyone for your tips! I'm going to grab a cheap blanket for now while I look for a free or cheap one on fb.

    • Ellis
      on Jan 18, 2019

      Don't forget to check furniture stores for floor model sales; let all your friends know that you're looking for a gently used couch--they might know someone who's moving or redecorating.

  • Karen Julio
    on Jan 19, 2019

    Chalk paint it! I just did a free sofa and 2 thrift store chairs! You can find lots of tutorials online.

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  • Frank Zhang
    on Aug 12, 2019

     I clicked in out of curiosity and leave being a little emotional...

    • Amber
      on Aug 13, 2019

      I ended up getting rid of the couch 😬 Got a set off a local yard sale page. Thank you for checking out my question though ☺

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