My husband and I love to sit down for a long nap on our favorite couch, but it’s become quite uncomfortable. The cushions are all ripped, and the springs seem to be poking through from underneath. I know we can replace them with new ones, but they don’t come with the same kind of material that we have now. It turns out there are many ways that you can fix your cushions yourself so you don’t need to buy an entirely new couch!
1. Go to the store and pick up a replacement foam cushion.
>1. Go to the store and pick up a replacement foam cushion.
This is the easiest option, but it’s also the most expensive one (unless you’re getting a second-hand couch). Most furniture stores carry cushions of all different shapes, sizes, and types of foam. You can bring your old cushion with you so that they can match it for size, type of foam, and color. Be careful not to buy an inferior product in order to save money!
2. Cut the new cushion to fit your cushion.
Next, you’ll want to cut the new cushion to size. This is easiest if you use a ruler and make sure there’s enough room around your cushion so it will fit in its original spot. You can do this by measuring the length and width of your original cushion, then adding a little extra space on all sides to ensure that they’ll overlap comfortably when they’re put back together. Using an exacto knife or box cutter (be careful!), carefully trim off any excess material from around each side of the new cushion. The goal here is not perfection; we just want our new cushion to fit without folding over or having too much empty space inside!
3. Fill the new cushion with new foam.
- Fill the new cushion with new foam.
The next step is to fill your new cushion with a piece of foam that matches the shape, size and thickness of your original cushion. You can replace the entire cushion if needed, but some people choose to cut theirs down so it fits into a smaller pillowcase better. Use a foam cutter and knife to cut down any excess fabric from around the edges of your original cushions.
Using a pump, insert air into one end of your new piece of foam until it reaches its maximum loft (thickness). Then use an electric drill fitted with an upholstery tool or screwdriver attachment to push air into other areas until they’re filled too—you may need someone else’s help to do this part because it gets heavy! Once you’ve reached full capacity on all sides of your new piece? Smooth everything out by rolling over it with something like a pneumatic nail gun or mini floor roller (available at most hardware stores).
4. With an exacto knife, cut out where you want the old cushion to go and make sure you have enough of a hole for the screw that comes with the replacement cushion.
- With an exacto knife, cut out where you want the old cushion to go and make sure you have enough of a hole for the screw that comes with the replacement cushion. Be careful not to cut yourself!
- Use a ruler to measure how deep your couch goes into the frame and measure accordingly for where your new cushion will go. You don’t want it too far so it doesn’t look right or have too much stuffing sticking out from under the chair, but you also don’t want it so close that no one can sit on their cushions!
- Once you’ve cut out enough room for both screws (one at each end), put everything back together again and test fitment before gluing down any fabric pieces on top.
5. Place the replacement cushion over your existing hole and screw in screws into the holes of your existing cushion.
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6. Slide the replacement cushions so they are flush with each other and then place a piece of fabric between them so they don’t slide around while sitting on your couch.
- Slide the replacement cushions so they are flush with each other and then place a piece of fabric between them so they don’t slide around while sitting on your couch.
It is important to note that the fabric should only cover up to where you cut off the torn cushion. You want to leave a little bit of cushion exposed so that you can use it as a guide for cutting out your new foam. You may also want to leave some extra space at the top, since this part can get compressed over time and tear easily as well!
You can fix a torn piece of foam on your couch yourself
While repairing your cushion foam may seem like a daunting task, it’s actually quite easy to do!
In fact, you can fix a torn piece of foam on your couch yourself. Here’s how:
First, remove the old foam from the couch. You will need a screwdriver for this part (more on that later). Next, cut out an appropriately sized piece of replacement cushion using scissors or an exacto knife (you can also use electric shears if you have them). Then, use hot glue or rubber cement to affix it to the base of your couch where there used to be another layer of cushioning before yours got ripped off in last week’s epic pillow fight with your niece and nephew. Finally, replace any screws that look rusty or damaged so they don’t damage new fabric when they are screwed back into place with them in place as well as any buttons or snaps that have come undone over time due at least partly because they were never tightened properly after being installed originally.
I’m sure you will enjoy the process of fixing your ripped cushion foam. There is nothing better than the feeling of accomplishment after you have done something like this yourself. So what are you waiting for? Get started!
Martin Thimpe (currently a data scientist at Google)