Watching Netflix. Eating Thai food. Crying over your last relationship.
What do these activities have in common?
Yes, they’re all great things to do instead of mopping the floors – but they’re also best enjoyed on a comfy couch.
But what happens when your old faithful gets a bit worse for wear? You can’t just kick her to the kerb and replace her with a younger, prettier model. (But if you do, be sure to know the dos and don’ts of kerbside collection with our guide.)
If your couch is due for a makeover, these upcycling ideas will have her looking good as new in no time.
Get your Pinterest pants on – it’s time to learn how to upcycle a sofa.
Our 5 Favourite Couch Upcycling Projects
These upcycling ideas are a great way to fill a Sunday arvo – and they won’t cost as much as a Sunday sesh at your local watering hole.
1. Add Tufting
Tufting is a (relatively) simple way to give your couch a makeover, adding a hint of mid-century modern style to any living room.
Apparently there are all kinds of tufting styles you can DIY on a tired old couch. What an age we live in.
All you’ll need is some buttons, measuring tape, an upholstery needle, and a steady hand.
2. Change the Legs
Maybe your sofa legs are a little outdated and you want to upgrade to a modern style? Or perhaps you want to add character to your cookie-cutter IKEA couch?
Whatever your reasons for wanting to swap out your sofa legs, this couch makeover idea is super simple and makes a big difference.
You can buy all kinds of sofa legs from hardware stores and online stores like this one.
3. Add Nailhead Trim
It’s like jewellery for your couch!
Nailhead trim is a chic addition that works with pretty much any style of sofa. It’s an easy and affordable way to upgrade the look and add a little sparkle and pizazz to any old piece of furniture.
Better Homes and Gardens has a step-by-step guide here. Or you can wing it and, you know, impale your thumb.
4. Paint it
Fabric paint seems like a quick win for giving your couch a makeover – especially if you’re painting a seat that’s not regularly used.
Fabric paints have some pretty mixed reviews, mostly due to the ‘crunchy’ feeling they give the upholstery.
But if you’re looking to jazz up an old occasional chair, fabric paint is a quick way to make a big change.
5. Reupholster it
Remember running through aisles and aisles of bright colours and flashy patterns in Spotlight with your mum? Well, now you can do that as an adult with money and buy your favourite fabric!
If you’re feeling confident, reupholstering your old sofa is the best way to get a totally new look and feel. Plus it gives you total freedom to decide exactly what colour and/or pattern you prefer – so you can rock that jungle print to your heart’s content.
For more upcycling ideas, check out our article 5 Furniture Upcycling Hacks.