How to Fully Restore a Sagging Sofa

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Sometimes, you come across a piece of furniture that you really fall in love with. You end up with a piece that you simply love so much that you couldn’t possibly even imagine your living room without it, never mind having to get an adequate replacement.

Sadly, time will always degrade things in the end – entropy will always win. However, this does not mean that you should just give up; we can always fight back, even if just for a short while. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do!

Sure, our introduction was maybe a little overblown, but this is serious stuff we’re talking about here. If your most prized and beloved sofa is beginning to look its age and it’s starting to sag, there is something you can do. Read on to find out how to stage your daring rescue.

Step #1 – Wash and Dry

This is a nice and easy step, which makes it the perfect place to start off with. All you need to do is to take off the covers from all the cushions on your sofa, then pop those covers into the washing machine. Make sure you follow the washing instructions, otherwise you might be in for a nasty surprise.

If your sofa is upholstered in fabric coverings, take these off as well – if that’s possible, of course. These also need a good wash and a proper drying off.

Step #2 – Fill It Up

The next step is pretty simple as well – lucky for us! All you need to do is to get hold of some Poly-Fil (or non-brand alternative) and start filling up the spaces in those saggy old cushions.

It really is that easy! Simply open up the zips or buttons on the cushion covers and get stuffing, adding more and more until you have some nice, plump cushions once more. As soon as you think they’re about as good as new, you can give it a rest and zip ‘em back up again.

The same sort of principles apply to the seat cushions, as well. Open them up a bit and use some Poly-Fil. This time, however, we would recommend using the Quilt type: the variety of Poly-Fil that you put on in layers, rather than stuff. This will give you a much more suitable seat cushion type of feeling when you’re sitting down. You don’t want it feeling like pillows or duvets, after all.

Step #3 – Sit Down and Enjoy

No really, that is actually all there is to it. We told you it was simple, didn’t we?

Well, if you really need us to break it down: zip up all your various cushions, pop them back into place, plump up the throw cushions with a couple of bashes, then sink into your gloriously un-saggy sofa. Wonderful!