Everything You Need to Make Your Old Sofa Feel New (and Cool) Again

Gabrielle Savoie
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Aside from maybe your mattress and dining table, a sofa is the most important furniture purchase you'll make for your home. While you may consider dozens of options and break down the pros and cons by durability, style, and comfort while making the purchase, there is never a guarantee that you'll love your sofa forever. But by the same token, why would you fix something that's not broken? Would you replace your sofa just because you grew tired of its colour, its shape, or the way its fabric is ageing? What if there was a way to make it look and feel brand-new without kicking it to the curb and buying a whole new one?

The good news is that there are more ways than one. Whether you're temporarily renting and don't want to invest in a large piece of furniture, you're saving for a big renovation, or you're simply on a budget, we found 10 sofa makeover ideas that you can use to entirely revamp your living room without ever replacing its most important component. Give your sofa new life. 

UPDATE THE SLIP COVER

If you have an IKEA sofa, we have good news for you. Bemz, a company based out of Stockholm, creates ready-to-use sofa slipcovers for most IKEA sofa models—and they come in a large variety of fabric. Always wanted a red velvet sofa? Now you can have one.

CHANGE THE LEGS

Do you like the shape of your sofa but don't love the legs? Simply swap them out! You can easily swap basic legs with fun ones to make your sofa look unique.

USE A DRAPE STYLING TECHNIQUE

A large blanket or quilt can help hide your ugly sofa if it's large enough—just drape it over the entire length and hide either the full sofa or just the seat.

INVEST IN A THROW

Throw blankets or sheepskins are a great way to hide smaller defects on a sofa, like stains or tears. Simply drape it over the problem area and lounge away.

 

Take the focus away from the sofa and onto your wall by adding a large dramatic piece of art. This diversion strategy works wonders by shifting the focal point elsewhere in the room.

ADD A RUG

Another way to take the focus away from the sofa is to shift it to the floor. An eye-catching rug can do just that, especially if it's bright or has an interesting pattern.

Middle of Nowhere Poolside Print ($345)

MJC Sophia Throw ($129)

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