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Buying new furniture can be so much fun! But it is also expensive. If you are anything like me, then when you spend that much money on a new couch you also expect to have it for several years. Furniture is a big investment; and a long term commitment.
However, life changes and you may not even be living in the same place a few years down the line. Also, you may not have the same taste in a few years. That couch that you bought might be looking dated. Well I’m here to show you how a few small but significant changes can give your couch a whole new look!
Here are some tips that stop short of reupholstering but give you new look.
- Deep clean:Sometimes the couch just needs a nice deep clean to bring it back to life; it may even change the color completely. You can try this yourself or hire a steamer company to do it for about $100 (find a coupon). I have a microfiber couch and I’ve done it both ways. I didn’t see a significant difference over the professionals except it saved me elbow grease and it was a lot faster!
- Paint: Yes, paint! I’ve seen several pieces of furniture that have been painted (search Pinterest). This seems to work well with light colored and solid pieces. I’ve even seen leather couches that have been painted. It works! I’ve seen good examples where a Chalk Paint (or paint with a fabric medium added) was used. This might be a last ditch attempt before purchasing a new piece.
- Add or remove a slipcover:If you don’t have a slipcover, then consider adding one. You can buy them in standard sizes or even make one yourself; there are lots of ideas and tutorials on Pinterest. And if you already have a slipcover on your couch you might consider replacing it or removing it and going back to the original couch for a whole new look!
- Add or remove a skirt: While exposed legs look unmistakably modern, covering up the legs by adding a fabric panel can make a sofa more formal or make it shabby chic casual. Or remove the skirt on a couch to expose its legs and freshen up the look. Note: you can often replace the legs with new ones from the hardware store.
- Add or remove pillows:Too many throw pillows can lead to an overloaded couch. But the number that works for just about every style is three, says Kenneth Wingard, designer and Home Made Simple star. So, if you already have pillows then make sure there are no more than three. Also, you might consider recovering or replacing the pillows to freshen your look.
There are quite a few things that you can do to inexpensively update the look of your old couch. It is definitely worth trying a few of these options before spending a chunk of money to replace it. I’m confident that with a little TLC your old couch can have a whole new lease on life and you will be together for years to come!