How to Make an Old Couch New Again for $10

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I may have mentioned a few - or a million - times how much I love my living room couch. Well, after two years of lovin', my beloved couch was starting to show some wear. The notorious mystery spots were starting to appear and some wrinkles and sags were forming in the cushions. Time to start Mission: Couch Rejuvenation ...

If the picture above looks familiar to you, don't worry, you're not alone! Good news is though, there's a fix. And it's simpler than you might think...

I started by removing the cushion covers and washing them. You don't want to dry them or they might shrink, but a good wash is always a good idea.

To wash the covers, I had to unload the "fluff" from the back cushions.

I labeled the "fluff" taken from the back cushions so I wouldn't get confused when it was time to re-stuff. Some of that stuffing gets compacted over time, so it might also be a good idea to add just a bit of filling in with the old.

I used this quilt batting ($9.99 at Walmart) to beef up the seat cushions.

I simply trimmed the batting and wrapped it around the bottom cushions to boost their fluff-ability. Yep. That's the technical term. ;)

I re-stuffed the back cushions and put the covers back on the new beefed-up cushions. Clean, full, and full-bodied, now my couch looks as good as new!

Like new again ...

My old beloved couch is my new favorite couch once again!

Now if I can just keep this guy off the couch.

Living Rich on Less - Susan
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  • Mary Njus Mary Njus on May 24, 2019

    Amazing result! It’s a shame furniture doesn’t hold its shape after 1 year of use. The case with my sofa. I tried the fiberfill but over stuffed and it didn’t settle evenly. How did you get the cases on with batting? Maybe my cushions don’t open enough? I’m also impressed how clean your carpet is too! Lol thanks for sharing.

  • Judy Judy on Sep 19, 2019

    How did you clean the body of the sofa?

  • If back cushions are attached how can you restuff them mine are sagging down bad I thought about tacking them with fishing line but afraid will tear material

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  • Sharon Reidenbach Sharon Reidenbach on Dec 31, 2020

    I have a couch with attached back cushions. There is a zipper and I think I

    can get the pillows out. How do I clean the attached fabric. The seat cushions have been washed many times and put back on

    wet to dry. The fabric is a white cotton chenille and washes beautifully. The back pillows are starting to look grayish but the fabric is in excellent condition.

    • Comet Comet on Mar 08, 2021

      Fabric steamer cleaner, using DISTILLED WATER and a very mild soap-- I would try it with plain water first!! You need to get the steam into the fabric and then pull the dirt etc out, old towels or cotton sheets etc can be used to *blot* the crud off. If you can get ahold of a fabric steamer/extractor that would work even better!! Rental tool places may have them or ask around.

  • JudyNC JudyNC on Mar 08, 2021

    I didn't ask a question about this. I've received emails before like this and I don't know how to fix it....Judy