Easy Ways to Update Your Couch’s Vibe
So your old sofa has seen better days, but it’s not yet ready for the boot. Are you looking to get a new couch, but don’t quite have the money? Or perhaps you still love your couch, but it looks a little old or tired. Then maybe you what you need are to get creative and try out a few different style options to give your couch a makeover.
The couch you have has probably lived through many stages including the no-time-to-decorate phase, the global pillows too uncomfortable to even use, and the multi pillow arrangement with every fluff in every color imaginable you could possibly get your hands on. Of course, as Marie Antoinette says, “there is nothing new except what has been forgotten.” So maybe you are thinking, wow I’ve had this couch so long chintz is in style again! No matter what type of couch you have, with a few simple upgrades, you can make it look brand-new (again) or at the very least a new life.
DIY Creative Couch Solutions
Couches are the focal point of every living room, and a great way to update the look of your living space. The only problem is they fade, stain and rip. And if there are kids and pets around, the wear is even worse. Follow one or all of the following ways to give your old sofa new life for 2018.
Update your couch cover
Couch covers are a great option for making your used couch look totally “in” and brand-new! Couch covers are an economical and long-lasting solution that can eliminate the need to buy a new couch. The secret with couch covers is to get a cover that fits your couch perfectly, and these days, that is not hard to do with the many fabrics being used to create slipcovers. It seems everywhere you look, everyone is using stretchy couch covers made of soft and stretchy material, which look great on all couch sizes and shapes. So, just add a new couch cover, and your couch will look “in” and brand-new in no time!
Add a few decorative pillows
There is nothing more refreshing than a new throw pillow to make you love your couch again. Even if your couch is dated, decorative pillows really amp up the style game. For the best results, remember to use decorative pillows that are made of lush fabrics like brocade, satin, suede, velvet or plush. And, make sure to choose pillows in patterns and colors that coordinate with your couch beautifully.
Tip: Dark blues, velvet greens and chartreuse are the colors of the moment.
Trim with nail-heads
Nailhead trim is all the rage right now, and with good reason. Adding decorative nailhead trim can update the look of any used couch and make it look sophisticated and elegant. While seemingly much harder and more complicated than it looks, the truth is that this simple project will only take you a few hours to complete. To do this DIY, you just simply pick up a bunch of nail-heads, and then attach them to your couch by following the seams and space each nailhead apart from each other equally. Usually used on leather and faux leather couches, this look actually works great on any style couch, and truly updates the entire appearance of a couch with a lot of sophistication and elegance. Even better, the nail-heads only cost a few bucks to purchase, which is why this option is one of the most inexpensive.
Change out the feet
Just like shoes on someone’s feet, the feet on a couch really make the couch look better. Unless yours are worn and torn and look like an accident waiting to happen. This is why it is you should look under your used couch and make the much needed update of new couch feet. This project is easy to do and typically inexpensive to boot. Since couch “feet” can be found and purchased in many home improvement stores, as well as online you will have many options to choose from. Brass and modern wood cuts are great options to keep it stylish. There is no doubt, by changing out the feet, you will love the result of your newly updated couch.
Changing out the legs is easier than you’d think — Uncle Bob’s Workshop offers pre-made legs that fit Ikea couches perfectly.
Add a warm blanket
There is a never a time throughout the year that a blanket does not look great on a couch. From a faux fur blanket, to a plush throw with an of-the-moment print you just can’t go wrong with an amazing blanket. You can rearrange the blanket in different ways throughout the week to get a new look often such as keeping a purposely messy plush cotton throw in the middle of the couch, delicately place a sheepskin across the back or drape a mod plaid lambswool throw over an armrest.
Get Rid Of That Couch Skirt
There is no doubt that the couch skirts of yesteryear just don’t look good anymore, which is why, if you have a couch that has a couch skirt, why not just remove the skirt! This is an easy fix that makes a huge difference in the long run. Once you remove the skirt, you will probably be left with a gorgeous looking, updated couch.
Paint The Exposed Wood or Metal
Paint is a wondrous thing, and it can totally transform the look of a room, as well as the look of a used couch! If your couch has exposed wood or metal, or any type of material that can be easily painted, simply paint on a few coats of a color that looks great with your existing decor.
Make Your Own Tufted Cushions
Quite fun, making your own tufted cushions are not hard to do at all. You simply pull thread through the middle areas of each cushion, and then attach buttons to the front. View instructions for the above couch here.
If needed, take the time to re-stuff those cushions too. This is actually one of the easiest ways to add value to a used couch. Just check out your local home improvement shop, and ask an associate where to find all the different cushion filling, and you are sure to find something perfect.
Add Some Fringe
Now this DIY is a little more on the unique side, but if you are looking for a cool new update for your used couch, then just add some fringe trim to the bottom of your couch. Totally hip, cool, and everything in between, there is nothing cooler or “in the moment” than fringe.
DIY Tips and Tricks for How To Give Your Old Sofa New Life
Hopefully one of these couch makeover solutions will get your right brain pumping and well on your way to the couch DIY of your dreams. I hope that we have inspired you with a few fresh ideas for updating your old sofa’s vibe. If you absolutely can’t find a solution for bringing back your old couch and you are planning to get rid of the old one, we would love to help make your couch removal process as easy and breezy as possible.