Make a sofa look new with three easy fixes

February 02, 2021

I think sofas are the hardest piece of furniture to shop for...well, as least the hardest to pick RIGHT. After we paid off all of our debt years ago, I splurged on a beautiful, expensive sectional for our home, and years later I absolutely hated that thing. 

We had a number of problems with it -- from the fabric to the cushions. I shared my review of our Arhaus sectional here

We later discovered this sofa from Macy's that is my absolute favorite couch ever -- you can see it in our old house here. (It was way cheaper.) We bought it right before we decided (very out of the blue) to move. Since I wanted matching sofas facing each other in our new family room, we sold that Macy's sofa to the buyers. 

I have missed it since! I have a love/hate situation with our current sofas, and I'll talk more about that soon. They are crazy comfy and I LOVE how the look -- from far away. We'll call them the Mona Lisa sofas. ;) 

I've had to come up with some ways to keep them looking decent over the past few years, so I'm sharing my tricks for making a sofa look (almost) brand new! 
white sofa dark blue built ins

We got these from a local store in Indy called Urban Underpriced for a GREAT price. 

First up, a trick I learned years ago that solved a problem that drove me batty -- couch cushions that slide out:
how to fix sliding couch cushions

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The soft looked so good back then! 

The easy fix? A non-slip rug mat. It works SO well!: 

rug pad fix sliding couch cushions

You can see more about fixing sliding cushions here!

That stopped them from moving around all the time, next up was fluffing up the back cushions. 

Our dog perches on the back of each couch -- it's his spot to watch for everyone that is trying to kill us. 😄 I didn't look close enough when I bought these sofas and didn't realize the back cushions were just full of batting. 

They get smashed so easily: 
fixing smashed couch cushions

If you have the same you know how hard it is to keep them looking full and not smushed. My fix? Add more batting to fill them up! I've added at least a bag to each back cushion over the years:  
batting inside couch cushions

Another tip -- instead of trying to reshape the cushions from the outside -- I unzip and move the batting around inside. I usually have to push it back up to the top and into the corners. 

What a difference!: 
fluffing up couch cushions

Till the dog smushes them again. :)

If you have a sofa that has more shaped cushion with foam inside, you can add additional sheets of foam to puff them up again. 

And my worst nemesis -- sofa fabric that pills up. Curses!! It happens all the time with ours: 
couch upholstery that pills

There's an easy trick for this too! 

Grab a fabric shaver -- they're supposed to be used to remove pilling off your clothes, but they work GREAT for upholstery too!: 
fabric shaver

It takes a few minutes, but man...it makes a big difference!: 
get rid of pilling on sofa

My only complaint is we need to change the batteries often, so I was thrilled to find this plug in version. I ordered it today! 

Here's another before of the sofa cushion: 
remove pills on couch

And after using the fabric shaver: 
how to depill sofa fabric

What a difference, right? These easy tips have helped keep our worn sofas looking better than they would!

Have you tried any of these tricks or do you have some of your own? I'd love to hear!

This tip for fluffing up a flat ottoman or pouf may be helpful too!: 
refluffing ottoman or pouf


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Comments

  1. I've had great luck with the Kehoo lint shaver that's on Amazon. My family room sofas are like a tweed fabric and this tool works great.

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  2. I bought an expensive sofa that has the same type of material yours has from Club Furniture 6 years ago and it is comfortable but the stains will not come out. Tecnically I can unzip the covers but they are almost impossible to get off and on. I even had a carpet cleaning company try to steam clean it to no avail.

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  3. If you are a knitter you will likely have heard of a Gleener. Works 100 times better than the electric or battery shaver. Your local yarn store or Amazon sells them. I have given them to my non-knitting friends - Life changing1

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  4. I really do appreciate your blog! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  5. My dog is sitting on my couch right now in the exact same way! I usually just try to fluff it up from outside but I'm going to try the inside asap! Thank you.
    Already took your tip on the delinter and that works great, too.

    Keep up the good work.

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  6. I have made bolster pillows by rolling 1" batting. I wonder if you could use that to line the inside of your couch pillows to give them some more shape. Still stuff the regular batting inside but that might keep it from separately as easily with the dog?

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  7. Brilliant! Excited to try these tips!

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  8. I have three small rescue dogs and each of them has their own spot on the back of the couch. Although my dogs don't smell "doggy", after a year of having three dogs I decided to wash those couch pillows. I was really ambitious and removed all of the stuffing from the pillows and had a gigantic messy pile on the floor. I then zipped up the empty pillow cases and washed and dried them. Re-stuffing them was a huge PITA and killed my arms but I got it done. Never again! I save the stuffing from old, worn and/or stained accent pillows to plump up those couch pillows. The couch came from an outlet and wasn't expensive - the dogs do love it though. Next time I'm going with leather. My daughter has a leather couch and the dogs' toenails haven't hurt it.

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  9. Thanks for the non-slip rug mat tip! I am trying that out this weekend!!

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  10. I love your tip about sliding couch cushions, we have the same problem at our house. I immediately went and bought some non-slip rug mat and put it down. Unfortunately, our results were not as positive as yours. The mat kept getting bunched up and the cushions continued to slide. Any ideas? It's a super idea, maybe tacking the mat down? ugh. Thank you!!

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  11. I have a dog perched on the back of the couch as I type. Any tips for fluffing the cushion when there is no zipper? It’s all sewn together.
    Love your beautiful house and helpful tips!
    Thank you.

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    1. I have the same problem. I won't make that mistake next time I buy a couch!

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  12. Please I hope you will see this in the next day or two. What color did you use for the center above your fireplace. That dark color is PERFECT for what I'm trying to create on my walls. I will be looking to see if you answer 🙂

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