How to Fix Sagging Couch Cushions

Do you and your couch have a long-term relationship that has paid off well for you over the years? Even the sturdiest of couches can develop sagging cushions after some time because of common wear and tear. If your cushions have lost their firmness and you're ready to restore your couch to its previous glory, here's what you're going to need to do.

Step 1: Open Up the Cushion

You're going to need to do some surgery to open up your couch cushion. Open up the cushion at the seam so that you will be able to stitch it closed again without leaving a nasty scar once the operation is complete. Choose a top seam that is typically at the back of the couch if you're concerned about your ability to stitch.

Step 2: Insert New Foam

Most of the time, the only thing that a new couch cushion needs is some replacement foam. Depending on how old the couch actually is, you may need to just replace all of the foam. You may also notice that your furniture has a different type of stuffing instead of foam – that's fine because you can still use foam. It's cheaper. Position the foam so that it creates an even sitting surface. Use as few pieces of foam as possible to achieve this to prevent a lumpy surface in the future.

Step 3: Close Up the Cushion

Once you've replaced the foam, you're ready to close up the seam. A simple stitching pattern that is back and forth over the seam with strong thread is often all that is needed to accomplish this task. A lucky few actually have cushions that are designed with zippers so that the foam in the cushion can be easily replaced.

What if your couch has cushions that are affixed to the bottom of the couch itself?

This is a trickier procedure because what you've got in this instance is a structural problem that is causing the sagging couch cushions. You'll need to open up the bottom of your couch to determine where the foundation of the couch has broken. Locate the broken beam and then measure the length, width, and height of the beam itself.

Take these measurements and get two new pieces of wood [or similar material] that are of the exact same size or a little smaller. Fit the two good pieces of wood around the broken piece of wood, much like you would do if you were creating a homemade splint for someone with an injured leg. You're making a sandwich and the two good pieces of wood are the bread. Straighten out the board so that it is in its proper position once again.

You'll then place at least two screws through the good wood, into the broken wood, and into the back of the other good piece of wood. This will reinforce the broken beam and eliminate the sagging immediately. Repeat the process for additional broken beams and you'll have fixed your couch.
Posted on Jul 13, 2014


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