After many years of wear, tear and some extent of abuse, even the most perfect couch is bound to lose its hardiness and sag. On average a sofa could last anywhere between 7 to 15 years. Rather than having to purchase a new couch each time the current one sags, we provide you with various ways through which you can bring it back to life.
Begin by investigating the cause
You need to know exactly what’s causing your couch to sag. Begin by checking out the cushions’ sturdiness as they are the easiest to repair. If the cushions are still firm, you need to go further and investigate the sofa’s frame and its springs. In most cases, the couch will have a thin fabric wrap around the frame’s top and bottom. This is meant to keep dust and debris from getting into the sofa. Remove this by gently pulling off any staples holding it in place or use a utility knife to cut along its edge in such a way that you can reattach it once you are done. Your subsequent course of action will depend on whether you find the frame or the couch springs defective.
How to Fix a Sagging Couch
Fixing sagging cushions
The foam in the cushion is bound to lose its rigidity due to continually being sat on. As more pressure is applied on the front part, flipping the cushion is a temporary measure of fixing sagging cushions. Unzip the cushion cover to reveal the insert and flip it so that the front part becomes the back part. Alternatively, you could fill the cushions with new foam such as Poly-Fil Polyester Fill.
Replacing the foam padding could be a little costly, but the result is worth it. Find foam pieces that have the same shape and dimensions as those of your current cushions. You could also cut the foam with a sharp pair of scissors or knife so that you get the correct contour. In this case, cut a big piece of foam and work your way down to the precise size.
Fixing a sagging frame
One of the simplest and popular ways of fixing a sagging frame is by adding a piece of plywood beneath the cushions. Begin by taking the measurements of the plywood you will need. Remove cushions from the sofa and take its measurements from the frames back to its front. Note the measurements down. Taking the measurements from the back is important as you need to slip the plywood beneath the cushions at the back. Cut the plywood accordingly and slide it so that it rests on the backside of the couch’s frame. You will also need to make sure that it doesn’t protrude past couch’s front frame. You may need to cover the plywood with a piece of fabric to prevent it from snagging on your couch’s material and cushions.
On the other hand, you could purchase sofa savers which are made of hard plastic or vinyl. Though they add a quite some bit of support they are only ideal if the issue is only a few broken springs or out of shape cushions that need a slight lift. Sofa savers cost around $20 to $50 dollars for a fairly large couch. They have an advantage over other methods as you do not have to get out any of your tools.
At other times, wooden frames could have a few broken pieces that need to be replaced. You can purchase wood from any hardware store and repair it yourself or involve a professional. If doing it yourself, remember to take bring one of the planks to the store or take exact measurements.
Fixing a defective couch springs
Broken springs mostly require to be fixed by a professional as they are integrated with the couch’s basic structure, making it difficult for an unskilled person to replace. However, you can repair them temporarily by following the steps below:-
- Put the sofa upside down and remove the fabric that covers the springs. In some cases, you may have to detach the sofa’s legs.
- Identify the broken springs and either remove or in case they are bent, use a pair of pliers to restore their original shapes. Broken springs are them that no longer press against the couch’s support beams.
- Reposition the fabric and fasten it to the couch using nails or a staple gun. If you had detached the sofa’s legs, reattach them.
You will still need to buy replacement springs once you are ready to engage a professional to supplant the broken ones.
How much does it cost to repair a sofa?
The cost of repairing a couch depends on the extent of damage, where the damage has occurred, and what fabric or material covers your couch. Common sofa problems that call for repair include:-
- A broken frame
- Broken legs
- Torn or split fabric
- Broken springs
In the event of a broken frame, you can buy sofa savers for as little as $16. If you decide to use plywood to repair it, its cost will depend on the type of plywood you choose as well as its thickness. ¼” thick block of plywood costs around $26.
Over time, the legs of your couch could split or become wobbly, making the sofa unstable. Small cracks can be repaired using wood glue or putty which costs not more than $10. If you need to replace the one or more legs, the cost will depend on the type of wood, the labor charges, and the type of finishing.
If your upholstery has small tears, you can sew them with a curved needle and a matching thread. The process is simple if the cushion cover is removable. If it is split, you can make use on an iron-on fabric that costs as much as around $2 to $5 for every yard. If the couch has a large split or tear, you may need to hire a professional to replace the fabric, which costs as little as $25 and as much as $80 per yard. The labor costs for re-upholstering average at around $50 for every yard of material. These are the costs you would expect to pay if the professional is replacing broken springs too.
You might also need to replace cushion inserts. The costs will depend on the type of foam you choose as well as the quantity.
Is Repairing My Sofa Really Worth It?
Re-upholstering old furniture instead of replacing it could potentially save you a lot of money. While this may be the case, sometimes hiring a professional could turn out to be as expensive as purchasing a new piece of furniture.
Your decision to re-upholster will be determined by such factors as the extent of damage, its antique quality, appropriateness for your space, sentimental value, and the duration it has served you. Re-upholstering eliminates the need to dump your old couch in a landfill, hence it’s an eco-friendly thing to do.
If the couch was low-quality, re-upholstering could be a waste of money as its frame might not last long. For a more expensive piece, and maybe one that you have used for the last 10 or more years, it is worth re-upholstering with new fabric.
Re-upholstering an old couch would be ideal if:-
- It costs significantly less than a new couch
- It has a sturdy frame
- It is a family treasure
- It is an antique piece of furniture
Keep in mind that re-upholstered piece will not serve you as long as a new couch would. If you need to replace quite a number of springs, repair a broken frame or replace the padding among other structural jobs, you are better off acquiring a new couch.
With proper couch maintenance practices, a high-quality couch could last as much as 20 years. Such practices include not jumping on it and flipping the cushions every once in a while to avoid flattening the pressure spots.