How to fix couch cushions that sag. Try this quick and easy fix using your vacuum cleaner and a new insert.
When the hubs and I got married and bought our first house, we were excited when the time came to buy new furniture. We needed new everything to furnish our home and that included a sofa. Neither one of us had ever purchased furniture before, and we were young and broke, so we went for cheap and as close to good looking as we could get for the money. We eventually learned that when you buy a cheap couch it doesn’t last long. When it came time to buy our next sofa, we did a little research first and spent a little more. Long story short, we gradually worked our way up to a well-made sofa that would last many years.
Fast-forward to the present day and our Pottery Barn sofa (similar one, here). We’ve had it for 13 years now and it’s moved with us, from Florida to Illinois and now to North Carolina, and has held up very well. Recently though, I’d noticed that my back was hurting when I sat on it.
It’s gotten a lot of use from our family and the result was sagging couch cushions, 13 years of butts plopping down on it will do that. Once I figured out it was the cushions I knew it was time to get them replaced. Of course, being the
cheapskate DIYer that I am, I wanted to try to figure out a way to do it myself. I’m so glad I did because it turned out to be a really easy fix.
This project was actually done a few months ago when we lived in Illinois but, because of the move, I wasn’t able to put the post together until recently. Little did I know when I did this that we would move into a house with a living room that was too small to accommodate my beloved couch. Unfortunately, or fortunately, my loss will be someone else’s gain.
Anyway, the older couch cushions were wrapped in a down cover. They are luxurious but I was tired of pulling feathers out of the cushion so I decided to go with batting wrapped foam. Upholstery foam is expensive but new down replacement inserts were outrageously expensive.
Shopping for the foam took some time. I researched and looked at a lot of websites and once I settled on a shop that I liked, I made exact measurements from the sofa cushion covers and had the foam cut to size and wrapped in batting. They were delivered to me all ready to go. Like I said, it was expensive, at $173 for two cushions, but I got a really good quality foam that should last years.
So, how did I get that big, cushy piece of foam in the cover, you ask? Painter’s plastic and a vacuum. Yup, that’s it. 20 seconds and the foam was in the cover.
I figured that a video would show the process better than photos so, with the help of my trusty assistant we made one. Make sure you check it out.
If you’d rather have a blow by blow, here is how we did it.
Step by Step Instructions: How to Fix Couch Cushions that Sag
- Take the painter’s plastic and spread it out.
- Place the foam on on half of the plastic and pull the other half over to cover the cushion completely.
- With your hand, push the air out and tuck the plastic around the cushion.
- Next, take your vacuum and put the nozzle under the plastic against the cushion. The cushion will quickly compress.
- Remove the vacuum nozzle and quickly place your compressed cushion in the sofa cover.
- As the cushion inflates, work at getting it in the cover so there are no lumps or bumps.
- Pull the plastic out, it will rip and tear but it will all come out, and zip it up.
Voilà! Two new couch cushions that look professionally done.
Can you believe how quick that was? And super easy, too. The cushions look like new again and will last for years.
Looking for more furniture ideas? You might want to check out my posts on reupholstering a chair and my tips for buying a new sofa. Don’t make the same expensive mistakes I made when purchasing a sofa, or any piece of furniture.