If your old sofa frame is still serviceable, but the upholstery is showing a little wear and tear, updating it could be just a matter of a few yards of fabric and some comfy new cushions.
If you were smart enough to choose a sofa with a cushion back and seat, you can end up looking like you have a whole new couch by the time you're finished. Here's how to spiff up your old sofa with new upholstery and cushions.
Cushions and Style Decisions
If your couch has an attached back, your options for restyling will be a bit more limited. Still, you can make a big difference with a new fabric covering for the upholstery and a change of style for the seating cushions.
It can be as simple as choosing slipcovers for the couch and cushions in a livelier, updated style, or – if you're daring – you can go as far as cutting away the attached pillow back and replacing it with cushions.
How Many Cushions?
Traditional styles use two or three cushions for both the seat and back. If you're just replacing the seat cushions, you have a few choices. If the back of the sofa is one piece – without attached or lose pillow-backs – you can use as many seat cushions as you want.
One full-length seat cushion lends a sleek, modern look to an older style. Just use the same fabric as you use for the sofa slipcover to make a cover for the cushion. If you like a more traditional feel, use two or three evenly sized cushions on the seating platform.