Sprucing Up Your Old Sofa Without Spending a Fortune

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Whether you’ve repainted your living room and your sofa no longer fits in with the décor, or if you’ve simply fallen out of love with your three piece suite, we’ve all felt the urge to upgrade. It’s also one of the costliest upgrades you can make to a living room. So before you elect to go all out with the big budget breaking purchases so you might consider re-vamping the one you have to rekindle that lost affection for your old faithful. Here’s a few tips to consider:

Get your sofa professionally cleaned

Check your local directories for sofa cleaning services, which can give your suite a literal new sparkle of life. This is particularly applicable for sofas lighter in colour as stains and fading appear more prevalent.

Add cushions

Cushions can transform a sofa! Try different sizes and different colours to see what works best. If you’re worried about buying something adventurous that may not look right, try this free cushion arranger from OKA. With a tool like this you can see what works and what doesn’t before you commit to buying anything. Don’t be afraid to be daring!

A new throw or blanket

Blankets are another great option. Drape them over the back of your sofa and add texture and depth to your room. They are practical too – throw them over you on a winter evening to ramp up the cosy factor in your living room! If you have pets consider looking for the microfibre options to make for easier cleaning.

Get your sofa re-covered

Although a more expensive option, it still comes in cheaper than a brand new sofa. Specialist upholsterer care needed for this one. If you’re feeling brave, there are DIY options available that provide step by step instructions. You’ll need to have the skills, though, so make sure you’re fully clued up before starting this one!

Buy (cheaper) sofa covers online

If the above seems a bit too costly, or you can’t re-upholster a sofa yourself, try buying generic sofa covers online, on sites like eBay. Make sure you find a cover as close to your actual sofa size as possible, and then stretch the fabric over the existing frame. This is great if set-in stains are too stubborn to come off, or if the previous colour of your sofa really didn’t match the décor. These don’t always look as great as you’d like because excess fabric can look shabby, but if you’re thorough with your measurements it can look brand new.