How to Repair Couch Cushions


Furniture can take a beating from normal day-to-day use. Pets, kids and lounging family members can quickly wear out or damage your couch. The cost of replacing worn furniture can be too great to bear. Here are some ways to repair damaged couch cushions without breaking the bank.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft-Bristled Cleaning Brush
  • Vacuum
  • Upholstery Cleaner
  • White Cleaning Rag
  • Needle and Thread
  • Iron-On Fabric Patches
  • Iron
  • Firm Foam Padding
  • Remove all cushions from your couch.

  • Loosen any dirt or dried stains on each cushion by brushing the upholstery lightly with a soft-bristled brush.

  • Vacuum each cushion thoroughly to remove all dirt and debris.

  • Remove any remaining stains using upholstery cleaner and a clean, white rag.

  • Examine the couch cushions to find tears and holes in the cushion cover. Sew tears with needle and thread, and repair holes with iron-on fabric patches. If the cushion cover has a zipper, unzipping will allow you to slip a hand in the cushion to make the job easier.

  • Determine if the existing cushion fill is sufficient. If your cushions are lumpy or sag, unzip the cushion cover and add firm foam padding to the cushion.

  • Put each cushion back on your couch, with the most attractive surface displayed.

Tips & Warnings

  • When adding foam padding to your cushions, cut one piece to fit just under the cover for a smooth look.
  • If your couch cushions are filled with another substance, such as down or polyester fill, you can choose to add a similar type of fill.
  • If your couch cushion covers do not have zipper access, you can cut a slit in the upholstery in the back of the cushion, and then sew the cushion closed when you are finished.
  • Never use upholstery cleaner on your furniture without testing it on a hidden area first. Fabric damage or bleaching can occur.

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