Whenever we buy a couch, we hope for it to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, that never happens. The wear and tear play spoilsport. Moreover, this can lead to a lot of frustration. And the frustration couples when the problem is the sofa in your living room.
What if I tell you that you can forget all these hard times. We are going to give you the tips on how to fix a sagging couch.
After all, who wouldn’t love a smooth and cozy couch? A comfy yet stylish looking one would be something which anyone would love to flaunt.
The Transition from a Stylish to a Saggy Couch
Sagging is very common. You can’t escape from it.
Even the most elegant looking sofa set face problems with sagging. Once you understand the reasons, it will be easier for you to come up with a plan of action.
Why Sofas Sag? – The Reasons behind Couch Sagging
Irrespective of the brand or make, all sofas do sag. Let me tell you that almost all the causes are general in nature.
Let us see them one by one:
Case 1: Too Much Pressure
Being the comfy looking and brand new sofa it was a few years back, you wouldn’t have been able to resist flopping down on the couch to watch some TV.
You may have felt cozy and warm, but it apparently did more harm to the furniture than you imagined.
When you do so, you put pressure on not just the cushions, but also the springs.
Cause 2: Having a Sweet Spot
Huh?? Well, sounds ridiculous but it’s true!
Who would have thought having your favorite spot could cause more obvious sag?
Apart from your bed, the couch is the next place you spend the most time in. So, the more time you sit flopped down on one particular spot in it, the quicker and more obvious the sagging becomes.
Cause 3: Normal Wear and Tear
Even the best-maintained furniture gets subject to wear and tear, maybe a few more years compared to a shabbily maintained one. The springs could get rickety or the foam inside the cushions may eventually lose their fluffiness.
So, What next?
You might have purchased that couch from the top sofa manufacturers out there. Yet, a few years down the lane the same sofa has become not just shabby and squeaky, but with one side sagging down.
There is no choice other than tucking it away unless you want visitors to see it.
Maybe, the sofa still looks great. However, you find yourselves sinking down the moment you settle in.
Admit it. Couches, be it cloth or leather, are not spared from wear and tear.
So, what do you do? Invest in a new sofa?
While you may feel it’s better to buy a better couch, we bring you a few reasons to stick with the old one.
It’s a known fact that buying a new sofa costs a small fortune. In fact, if you have half the money, you can use it to recreate the sagging couch into a brand new one!
Not only is this option cost-effective, but it will also give you more satisfaction once you look at the results.
Change it the way you want it
What can be more satisfying than being able to do things your own way. Nobody can understand what suits the style of your living room better than you.
From the down or foam inside the cushions to the cloth or other simple couch accessories, you call the shots. You get to decide what goes where.
Even if you plan on investing in a new couch, how long do you think it will last? If you are someone who feels the number of years the couch lasted was not worth the money, revamping it is the best solution.
Besides these, coming up with your own hacks is nothing less than fun, and more convenient!
Let’s fix it!
Things You Need to Fix Sagging Couch
- A set of nails and screws
- Spring stretchers
- Down or cotton for the cushions
Check for the Cause
Inspect your couch to find out the reasons for the sag. Is it a bent spring, or are the cushions not able to support your weight?
Remove all the sofa cushions and turn the couch over so that you can have a closer look. Is it rotting wood or a weak frame causing the problem? Be careful with the fabric, while removing it to check the springs.
Now that you have understood the problem, it’s time to fix it!
A weak frame
If it is the wooden frame which is broken or weak, you will need wood and screws to replace it, which you can buy at a hardware shop. Make sure you take the correct measurements to be on the safe side. You can also nail in a piece of plywood between the frame and cushions.
You may also replace broken plywood with hardwood. Secure it with glue and let it dry completely before the next step.
You can use pliers to bend the twisted springs back to the shape of the rest. Repairing the springs before it’s too late will save you time, money and energy.
Reattach the spring clips to the wood using the spring stretcher and new screws. Use a staple gun to pull the fabric and staple it to the frame.
However, if you find any broken springs, it would be best to let a professional repair it
Most couches sag because of a sagging cushion. If that’s the reason behind your sofa sagging, you have very little to worry.
There are very easy fixes to this. You can get away from this by cushion stuffing in easy to do steps.
How to Restuff Couch Cushions
As I have told earlier, restuffing couch cushions is very easy.
Let’s see how we do it.
Note: You can get top quality cushion stuffing materials from online. You might require these items. But the best thing is that they are not heavily priced.
Sofa Cushion Support using Plywood
One way to solve couch cushion sagging is by using a plywood. For this you will have to remove the cushions from the sofa. Then place a strong plywood to fit the area and put the cushions back on the sofa. This is one of the easiest ways to provide sofa cushion support.
Couch Cushion Filling
The second way to restuff couch cushions is by filling the cushion with foam or clothes. This one demands more time and expertise from your end.
Don’t worry! This is not that hard if you follow the proper steps.
Check if the cushions feel soft or firm. If it is soft, then probably you need to fill your sofa cushions with more foam. You can fill your cushion with foam, cotton or even cloth.
This article from WikiHow will give you more information on this.
Now that you know the steps to get rid of that sagging couch, here are a few tips to prevent this from happening:
- Don’t sit always on one side. Keep the weight distributed
- Keep flipping the cushions once in a while. It helps!
- Replace the filling within your cushions often
- Always check for weak springs
If you follow these steps frequently, along with checking the frame occasionally, a sagging couch shouldn’t be bothering you any time soon! What ’s more, with a few finishing touches, it might look even better!