How to Stuff your Sofa Cushions

May 9, 2014

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Stuff your Sofa!

I believe there are a lot of “sad sofas” out there. Mine was one of them. Most disappointing though? We’re only at the year and a half mark together… and it looks like this… but I’m going to teach you how to stuff your sofa!

How to stuff your sofa and give it new life! A few tips with foam and fibre fill and you'll have your couch feeling brand new! Easy tutorial at www.freshcrush.com

Sidebar: I’d love to say my couch is always perfectly styled with a cute throw and some fun pillows… but let’s be real, I have a toddler and my cushions are usually laid out in some sort of pillowy hopscotch arrangement in the kitchen, and the throw is used for play-forts about 80% of the time. So — I won’t call that a fail — we’ll just call this one “keeping it real”. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).

Moving on! Let me show you how to stuff your sofa with a few simple supplies:

How to stuff your sofa and give it new life! A few tips with foam and fibre fill and you'll have your couch feeling brand new! Easy tutorial at www.freshcrush.com

I cut the chunk of foam to the width of my seat cushion, and prepared everything for stuffing. Now, even though my seat cushion is a crumpled little mess to sit on, it is still a tight fit for mashing a second piece of foam in there, so here is the secret to a happy stuffing experience…

How to stuff your sofa and give it new life! A few tips with foam and fibre fill and you'll have your couch feeling brand new! Easy tutorial at www.freshcrush.com

Your vacuum! Put that fresh piece of foam inside any large garbage bag, gather the bag opening around the mouth of your hand wand on your vacuum and let’er rip!

How to stuff your sofa and give it new life! A few tips with foam and fibre fill and you'll have your couch feeling brand new! Easy tutorial at www.freshcrush.com

See that weird black alien looking thing? Thats my foam inside a bag post vacuuming. It’s about half the size, and the plastic bag allows a nice slippy surface to glide it into place in the seat cushion.

Get an (almost) brand new couch with these simple steps to stuffing your sofa. Freshen it up with foam and fibre fill with these easy steps!

And here it is stuffed and in place. All that is left to do, is work the bag out from around the new piece of foam and pull out from the cushion’s zipper opening. (You could also cut it out if you’re dealing with a extra tight situation).

Next, I was lucky enough that my back cushions have a zipper along the bottom for easy access. They are sewn in place, so it involved some gymnastics on my part to work against gravity and stuff the fibre fill upwards and into place. But it turned out great.

 Get an (almost) brand new couch with these simple steps to stuffing your sofa. Freshen it up with foam and fibre fill with these easy steps!

With half the sofa done at this point, I decided this was a great time to snap a picture. You can see the amazing improvement on the left… and that seat is firm people! It felt so good to be supported on the sofa again, instead of that flat pancake, sinking, feeling.

Get an (almost) brand new couch with these simple steps to stuffing your sofa. Freshen it up with foam and fibre fill with these easy steps!

Here is a side view of the newly stuffed seat cushion, against the original. Pretty incredible. I didn’t even have this kind of expectation when I started out with this experiment.

Get an (almost) brand new couch with these simple steps to stuffing your sofa. Freshen it up with foam and fibre fill with these easy steps!

No more dimples in the fabric, and a nice rounded seat cushion, with a ton of support for our tired bodies at the end of the day.

Loving. This.

Get an (almost) brand new couch with these simple steps to stuffing your sofa. Freshen it up with foam and fibre fill with these easy steps!

Let’s take one more look at the “sad sofa before”…

How to stuff your sofa and give it new life! A few tips with foam and fibre fill and you'll have your couch feeling brand new! Easy tutorial at www.freshcrush.com

And, here it is (styled just for you, and about 2 minutes before my toddler ripped off all the cushions and started jumping on her “new”, much more bouncy, sofa).

How to stuff your sofa and give it new life! A few tips with foam and fibre fill and you'll have your couch feeling brand new! Easy tutorial at www.freshcrush.com

Not bad for 100 beans, ya? Maybe we have a few more years together than I thought!

So remember… Foam + Fibre Fill = A happy sofa! :)

Now, go stuff your sofa cushions, people!

How to stuff your sofa and give it new life! A few tips with foam and fibre fill and you'll have your couch feeling brand new! Easy tutorial at www.freshcrush.com

43 thoughts on “How to Stuff your Sofa Cushions

  1. MIke

    Did this for the back cushions and they came out great. Were just balls of stuffing and wouldn’t hold shape. Got some foam on sale from Joanns Fabrics and they now look great and keep their shape.

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  3. Stephenie

    What thickness of high density foam? The materials list says 3″, but the link takes me to an Amazon page for 2″ thick foam. Can’t wait to do this! I have a 40 year old sofa that is perfect in every way but the cushions…

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      I used 3″ foam, but it depends on how much room you think you have to work with. The vacuum works well for squeezing everything into place but you may want to adjust depending on how much room you think you have. ;)

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    2. Mike

      I just did this. I got the foam on sale at joanns fabric. Shipping was only $3. They have 2″ and 3″ foam. I need 5″ so it worked out great. My back cushions had that batting stuff and was all out of shape. Put in foam and like new now.

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  4. Deborah G.

    Thank you Thank you for your post. Firstly, I’m pretty sure we have the same sofa. This project was put off for a LONG time until a month ago did my homework and thought your idea was GENIUS!!! The only thing I left out was extra batting. The old looked in great shape and therefore think the foam will stay in place.
    The back pillows, I just bought a pillow and stuffed it up the zippered bottom.
    Looks like new and my back thanks you!!

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      Fantastic! Oh, I’m so glad to hear you’re happy with your couch again! We’ve had absolutely no problems with ours since we fluffed it up a little, and I feel like we’ve got a lot more years with it! :)

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  5. Paula taylor

    Hi, I have fixed cushions on my sofa which cannot be removed. How do I go about re foaming them?
    Thank you Paula

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      My back cushions were fixed, but had a zipper along the bottom that gave me access. If you can’t get at them, I’m not sure. You may want to visit with an upholsterer and see if they can help. :)

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  6. Taylor

    Hi there!

    Thank you so much for this post. Our poor little couch is so sad, time for a little R&R! I do have one question. It doesn’t look like you replaced the old foam, just added a new layer. Is that correct?

    Thanks again!

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      Oh fantastic! I’m so glad, and I wish you luck sprucing up your old sofa! Yep, that’s correct, I just made the addition of foam. That was a lot more cost effective, and there was really nothing wrong with my existing foam, there just wasn’t enough of it. ;) Good luck!

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  7. Lola Schlake

    I added the fiberfill in the top cushions and they too got top heavy and now begin to push my bottom cushions forward. I tried using the sure grip sheets I bought on-line but that was a joke. I bought a top of a line sofa and am so disappointed. Do you have a suggestion on a brand of fabric fill to use?

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      Oh Lola… that is the worst, and I feel your pain! So sorry you’re having a tough time with your sofa. I believe the brand I used was Poly-Fill. However, I wouldn’t necessarily think there would be a ton of difference between brands. Would using less product possibly make a difference? I think if it’s shifting down, you may run into the same issue with a different product. Before completing my sofa stuffing project, I considered “tufting” my back cushions to get a more consistent look… might be an option for you? Best of luck!! :)

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      1. freshcrush Post author

        You might be out of luck unless you know a good seamstress that could add zippers to your cushions? But that might be more trouble than it’s worth. Sorry! Good luck!

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        1. Karen

          If you, by chance, have any sewing experience, you may be able to do it without a zipper. The bottom cushions probably have the most chance of being seen on all sides, but if you want to go for it I would use a seam ripper (or a cuticle scissors handled very carefully) to cut one side of the cushion. Then do your stuffing and sew it back up with a strong thread. If your top cushions are attached, like in the article, you could cut the bottom back a bit from the front (to make it harder to see–just in case.) Then do your stuffing and sew big crisscross stitches in a matching color thread. The idea being that the edges might fray if you try to stitch it too close the the cut edge. You could put a stabilizing medium like fray check to kind of glue the threads on the edge together, then you could sew closer to the cut. If you are lucky enough to have a helper, you might tip the couch back so you can get a better angle. It all depends on how much you want to improve instead of replace the couch. If I could draw a picture of what I am thinking, it would help. Wait for a day when you feel like an adventure and just go for it! :)

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      2. phyllis puga

        you can find a place along the seam where no can see it. use a seam ripper to open it up you dont need a open it to much just enough to add stuffing fold filling in half or fold both sides to the middle, un roll in side with your hand. trash liners work great while placing padding easy. then remove it by tearing it off after placing it inside. sew back up and you have a nice stuffed couch. i did back and seat worked great

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  8. Jodi

    Funny I found this post! I have that exact sofa. It’s almost a year and a half old. Mine looks worse. It’s probably my least favorite sofa I’ve ever purchased 😞 I better get to stuffing!

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      That is funny! Hope you’ll give it a try. I was having some pretty disappointed feelings about this couch too. It’s a downer. But the stuffing has increased it’s lifespan with us, for sure!

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      1. Jodi

        I’m going to very soon!
        But next time I’m going to the magical kingdom of Ikea where all the Sweedish furniture is cheap and guilt free 😂

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  9. Ginny

    I have left my cushion foam inside the trashbags (thin stretchy type bag prob not so noisy or noticeable) so that I’m able to thoroughly clean spots or spills & occasionally even put the Ethan Allen upholstery covers in the washing machine. Never have to worry about spills soaking into cushion. I’ve been really happy with the sofa this way for over 10 years. I haven’t heard of others doing it & wondering if could be problem. Is there a reason that I shouldn’t be leaving foam in the trashbags?

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      Not that I know of Ginny! That might be a pretty genius idea! I was only using the trash bags to compress my foam, and if I left them in, they would be noisy for sure. So if it works for you, I don’t see why not.. ;)

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      The fibre fill went into the back cushions via the zipper, and into the corners of the seat cushions to make sure the corners stayed nice and smooth looking. :)

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  11. Jeff

    Hello,

    For the new piece of foam, you cut to size, put in a bag, use a vacuum to shrink the size, stuff the bag in the seat pillow, and remove bag.

    Do you put the new foam closest at the top or bottom of the pillow?

    (am I sitting in the new foam or is it below the old foam as support?)

    Is it perfectly smooth?

    Thanks!

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      Hi Jeff! Great question! My new foam is on the bottom… however, our cushions are “flippable”, meaning I do turn them over from time to time. Yes it is flat. If your foam is slightly smaller than your original cushion, you may see the outline of the new foam through the fabric of your seat cushion. I could see a slight corner of the foam through mine — However, if you stuff a little fibre fill (the soft cotton ball type stuff), into the gaps where your new foam doesn’t quite meet the edges of your cushion, that should solve that for you. Hope that makes sense! Good luck, and thanks for visiting me!

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  12. SONJA HANSEN

    Thanks for great help for our sad sofas. Does anyone have a great idea or two as to how to puff up the sad arm rest on our recliners. Just don’t have any idea how to get access to add fiberfill. My dream is that I could find something that could be injected with a syringe and still stay soft. Kind of like that stuff that plumbers use, but it hardens.

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      Thanks Sonja! An arm rest might be tricky. Is there a seam you could cut along to add fill, and disguise it later with a new trim or stitching? Short of that or new upholstery, I’m not sure. May not be worth the risk in that instance. Good luck!:) Thanks for the visit!

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  13. Nancy

    I think I missed something here – what did you do with the fiberfill? Also, did you add new foam to old foam or did you remove all of old foam first? Thanks!

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      Hi Nancy, the fibrefill went into the back cushions, and the new foam was added along side the old foam, into the bottom seat cushions. Hope that helps — good luck! Thank you!

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  14. Ely

    I have the same exact couch and it’s super sad! I think one of the wooden supports cracked underneath and I want to learn to fix it! In the meantime, I’ll be doing this to bring a little life to it.

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  15. Sierra Freeman

    Hey, I was actually wondering how I would be able to do this to a couch that has the cushions sowed into the couch. Like it’s all connected. What would be some ideas?

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