With regular use, sofa cushions can become misshapen, flattened and lumpy over time. Fixing this common issue helps restore comfort and keeps your sofa looking neater and well-maintained. There are several easy DIY methods for fixing sofa cushions at home.
Fluff and Rotate Cushions Frequently
Fluffing cushions by punching or shaking them up helps redistribute stuffing and regains loft. Do this regularly when using the sofa to prevent permanent flattening.
Rotating the seat and back cushions ensures even wear and shape retention. Back cushions can be swapped end for end while seat cushions can be flipped or switched places.
Plump flattened areas by massaging or kneading gently to restore loft. Avoid pounding or overly aggressive fluffing which can damage cushion fill.
Shake cushions outdoors occasionally to freshen filling and redistribute contents. This works especially well for feather or down filled cushions.
Use Steam to Lift Depressions
Cushions that still have slight depressions after fluffing may benefit from steam to help lift and re-plump dented areas.
Hold a handheld garment steamer just above the cushion surface and gently steam indented spots. Avoid over-wetting the fabric.
For deeper depressions, use a towel and iron to apply heat and moisture to affected areas. Place a damp towel over the spot and iron on a medium heat setting.
Check the fabric tag first to ensure water and heat are safe for the upholstery fabric before steaming or ironing.
Add New Filler to Plump Saggy Cushions
Cushions that are saggy overall often need some new filling added to restore support and comfort.
Open a seam on the cushion cover and insert additional batting, foam pieces, or down to add firmness. Hand-stitch the opening closed afterwards.
Alternatively, place a piece of high-density foam cut to size underneath the existing cushion to add lift without surgery.
Full cushion replacement may be needed if extensive loss of shape makes adding filler impractical. New inserts revive sagging sofas.
Replace Worn Out Cushion Covers
Cushion covers become dirty and stretched out over years of use. Replacing covers gives cushions a fresh look.
For sewn covers, use a slipcover over the old cover to update the look inexpensively. Look for a style with elastic to hold it in place smoothly.
New zippered covers make replacing worn covers a breeze. Choose durable, stain-resistant fabrics to maintain appearance.
Update the sofa’s color scheme or style by selecting replacement cushion covers in updated fabrics and patterns.
Reinforce Loose Cushions
Cushions that constantly slide and shift out of place need some reinforcement. Simple fixes get them staying put.
- Use non-slip shelf liner underneath cushions to add friction and prevent sliding.
- Attach hook and loop strips to cushions and sofa base to hold them firmly in place.
- Place cushions in fitted slipcovers with elastic bottoms to prevent movement.
- Repair loose or torn ties holding cushion covers on for a secure hold.
With some simple maintenance and TLC, lumpy, misshapen sofa cushions can be returned to their original glory. Follow these handy tips and tricks to keep cushions looking full and plush.