How To Make A Sofa or Chair Feel New Again

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Great news, you don’t have to replace your sofa or chair just yet! If it’s starting to look a little rough around the edges, it’s probably time to refresh its appearance. And there are a few ways to do that: reupholstery, adding new cushions, or getting rid of stains. Here’s how:

1. Upholstery

  • Upholstery is a good option if you want to change the look of your furniture.
  • Upholstery is a good option if you want to change the color of your furniture.

2. Reupholster

Reupholstering is a good option for furniture that has become worn and has lost its original shape. If you want to change the color of your furniture, reupholstering is an ideal solution. It can also be helpful if you are trying to match colors from other pieces of furniture or artwork in a room (for example, if you have pink walls).

Reupholstery is a great way to extend the life of your furniture while creating something new and different at the same time. While this process may seem daunting at first glance, it’s actually quite simple once you understand how it works.

3. Use a vacuum to remove dirt and dust from the fabric.

  • Use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to completely remove dirt and dust from all sides of the fabric.
  • Vacuum in a clockwise motion, going with the grain of the fabric, which is typically parallel to its pattern. This will help prevent any damage to your upholstery, preventing it from fraying or tearing.
  • If you’re vacuuming upholstery that faces down (like on an ottoman), avoid vacuuming with it upside down – this can cause wrinkles and damage to your upholstery over time!

4. Get rid of stains on the upholstery, if possible.

If the stain is a fresh one, use an upholstery stain remover. Most of these are safe for both fabric and the environment, so you can feel good about using them.

If the stain is old, try sprinkling baking soda onto it and then letting it sit for an hour or so before vacuuming it up. This will help neutralize odors as well as lift some stains!

If you have pets in your home (or even if you don’t), take care to choose a stain remover that is safe for them to lick or walk on once you’ve used it on your furniture. Many pet owners prefer products made with essential oils rather than chemicals because they’re safer for their fur babies’ sensitive bodies–but again, check labels carefully before purchasing any product containing alcohol since this could irritate their skin if they came into contact with enough of it while licking at their paws after rolling around on an area where such cleaning solutions had been used recently.”

5. Make sure your upholstery is stain-resistant or treat it with a stain-resistant product.

  • Make sure your upholstery is stain-resistant or treat it with a stain-resistant product.

If you’re going to get an upholstered piece of furniture, make sure it is stain-resistant. Some fabrics have been treated with special chemicals that give them extra durability against stains, while others will simply be more resilient in general and will be able to withstand the abuse you might put on it over time. A good way to test this is by rubbing your thumb across a few different parts of the fabric and seeing how easily they get dirty; if they don’t come clean easily then there may be some kind of protective coating or treatment on them already!

Once you have determined which direction you want to go (and hopefully learned something along the way), all that’s left now is choosing what type works best for each situation from these five options:

Stain resistant products – These are typically sprays intended for use after cleaning up spills or accidents before they happen rather than preventing them altogether—though sometimes these products may also include protective coatings which help extend their effectiveness by slowing down absorption into fibers (so try using both methods!). Most brands offer similar features but differ slightly depending on pricing point; we recommend reading reviews before purchasing so as not waste money unnecessarily buying something without knowing whether it’ll work well enough given its intended purpose.”

6. Flip your cushions regularly to avoid wear and tear on one side of the cushion only.

  • Flip your cushions regularly to avoid wear and tear on one side of the cushion only.
  • Avoid uneven wear by flipping your cushions from top to bottom, left to right, and back again.
  • Avoid wear and tear on the top of the cushion only by flipping it over.
  • Avoid wear and tear on the bottom of the cushion only by flipping it over.

7. Consider replacing small parts like legs or arms to give your furniture a whole new look without having to replace the entire piece of furniture.

If you want to keep your furniture but want it to feel new, consider replacing small parts such as the legs, arms and back.

You can also replace the seat on chairs that have one. Keep in mind that if you do this, we recommend replacing both cushions for maximum comfort and aesthetics. For sofas, replacement springs are often all you need to upgrade an old piece of furniture into something fresh!

Upholstered furniture needs care, just like anything else in your home.

So, what should you do if you have upholstered furniture?

  • Clean your upholstery. It might seem like an obvious step to take, but regular cleaning is the best way to keep your furniture looking good. If you have a pet with hair or dander (or who sheds), vacuum regularly and wipe down the surface every week with a damp cloth; otherwise, just give it a quick dusting once in awhile.
  • Flip it over! Most upholstered pieces have removable cushion covers that can be flipped over when one side of the fabric gets worn out—this will extend their lifespan by years! If your piece doesn’t have this feature, ask about getting replacement cushions made for it (we’ll talk more about this later).
  • Treat stains right away with stain-resistant products like Scotchgard Fabric Protector Spray (#1). This product provides great stain protection while keeping fabrics looking vibrant longer than they would on their own–and there’s no need to wait until laundry day before treating them!


Reupholstering furniture can be a fun and rewarding process, but it’s important to go into it with realistic expectations. Don’t try to take on too much of the work yourself if you don’t have the skills or tools for the job—there are plenty of professionals out there who can help you out! And remember that sometimes, it might just make more sense to buy a new piece of furniture than to reupholster an older one. But if you do decide to give your furniture an upgrade, we hope that this guide helps you along the way. Happy upholstering!

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