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!
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:
- Foam (I made an investment of around $100 on an 8 foot piece of 3″ foam)
- Fibre fill (I used two packages)
- Serrated bread knife to cut through your foam
- Vaccum cleaner (with a hose attachment)
- Large drum liner bags
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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let’s take one more look at the “sad sofa before”…
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).
Not bad for 100 beans, ya? Maybe we have a few more years together than I thought!
Now, go stuff your sofa cushions, people!