We’ve all had that one sofa we love. It might hold sentimental value, or maybe it came with the place you’re living in. You’ve broken it into the optimal level of comfort. If it’s not broken, then there’s nothing wrong with keeping your old sofa around (who wants to give up that perfect comfort level?). It might be time for a little makeover, though.
Your sofa needs to be treated like the knight in shining armour that it is. Never judgemental and always there for you after a long day at work, you need to take good care of your baby. It doesn’t have to be expensive, either. All you need is a can-do attitude, some design influence, and a couple of trips to your local fabric or furniture stores.
If you’re willing to put in the legwork, your old sofa can still shine. While it might never be quite as good as new, it can still be the crown jewel of your living room. We’re going to run down a few different things you should do in order to make sure your old sofa is getting the all-star treatment even with retirement on the horizon.
Clean It Up
Duh, right? Cleaning your sofa might sound like the obvious first step to take in this process, but you’d be surprised how many people do it wrong. It’s not a quick pillow pat down to get all the Cheetos dust out — it’s a real-deal, deep clean.
To do that, you’re going to need a little more than a Swiffer duster. Of course, it depends on the material of your sofa as well. If it’s leather, you need to be very careful. Harsh cleaners can easily ruin your sofa, leaving it discoloured and distorted. The same goes for a fabric sofa. You can’t run a wet cloth with some laundry detergent through it and call it a day.
The best way to do this is following manufacturer instructions. They’ll let you know what cleaners are okay to use on your sofa, and you can move ahead from there. Trust us, if your goal is to add new life into your old sofa, using the wrong cleaner will only send it to an early grave.
Throw Pillows for the Win
There’s nothing like a good optical illusion to divert people from the reality of age. Listen, if it can work for an almost ageless Wayne Newton, it can work for your old sofa.
Adding some throw pillows into the mix can go a long way to reviving your old sofa. Not only do they add a fresh look and some colour, but they can also cover up imperfections. That’s right, remember that coffee stain you told your partner you’d clean up? Don’t worry, get a couple of throw pillows to cover it up, and you’re good to go.
All jokes aside, adding throw pillows can be a great way to complement your old sofa. Checking out some furniture liquidators and stores is a great way to see what options are available.
There’s nothing worse than sitting on a saggy cushion. It’s uncomfortable, it looks terrible, and it’s an all-around bummer. This is usually one of the most noticeable traits of an old sofa, however, so it’s something that needs to be addressed.
If your cushion is missing cotton inside of it, the solution is pretty simple: get more cotton. Once you’ve bought some, then you can stuff it into your pillow and distribute it evenly. This is a crucial part of the cushion-stuffing process because if you don’t distribute the cotton right, it’ll look just as a bad as it did before.
While it’ll be tough to get your cushions back to fresh factory form, you can still salvage them for a little longer. This isn’t a permanent solution as cushions will inevitably start losing their form even after you re-stuff them, but it is a short-term fix.