Whether it’s a binge watching session of your favorite TV show or you’re helping the kids with homework, you and your family probably spend a lot of time on your sofa.
It’s a real bummer to spend so much time on a sofa you don’t love!
Buying a brand-new couch is an obvious solution, but it isn’t your only option. With these tips, you can lounge in comfort on nearly any sofa, no matter what kind of couch you have in the living room.
Choose a Style That’s Perfect for Lounging
If you have the budget to go shopping, look for a sofa that is perfect for lounging. For example, a sectional is popular with many families. Not only does it provide multiple places for people to sit, many include additional features like footrests and even cup holders!
Don’t have the budget to go shopping for a new couch? You aren’t doomed to live a life sitting upright. Look for a footstool or a padded coffee table that matches the décor of your living room. That way, you can lean back and kick up your feet without spending money on a new couch.
Pile on the Pillows
A couch without pillows can look so boring and plain. Not to mention, it’s not very comfortable! Spice things up on the couch and elevate the look of your living room at the same time by adding throw pillows to your sofa.
Having a hard time finding pillows that will work for your space? A few tips for finding the right throw pillows include:
- Start with just one or two accent pillows, and only add additional pillows if they’re needed
- Choose colors that are similar to the color of the couch
- Instead of varying colors, vary textures
- If using different patterns, keep their size consistent
You should also think about how you and your family will be using the pillows on the couch. If they’re just for decoration, sequins and beads can look like a million bucks. However, if you plan on using the pillows during a catnap on Sunday afternoons, smooth, comfortable fabrics are a better choice.
Update the Cushions
It doesn’t take long for couch cushions to look a little tired and worn. After all, people sit on them all day!
Instead of replacing the entire couch, consider replacingthe cushions instead. Contact the manufacturer to see if they still carry the same fabric as your existing couch. If not, don’t be afraid to shake things up and choose cushions in a different, but complementary, color or pattern.
When shopping for new cushions or having them made for your couch, consider the filling carefully. Common filling types and their benefits include:
- High-resilient density foam will last the longest
- Memory foam is a good choice for people with muscle and joint pain
- Feathers and down are the perfect choice for people who love a soft cushion
- Polyester is an option if you’re looking for a short-term solution
Keep a Few Throw Blankets Handy
It’s true that pillows can make a couch more comfy, but no comfy couch is complete without at least one throw blanket!
Like decorative pillows, there are some tips that will help you decorate with throw blankets. Of course, you can drape them over the arm of the couch, but instead, you may want to consider folding the blanket neatly on a footstool or cascade it down the back of the sofa.
You can use throw blankets to cover the sofa too! Use them to protect the upholstery, or use vibrant colors to add more interest to your couch.
Reupholster the Couch
Have a couch you love, but it’s looking and feeling a little worse for wear? If you have a high-quality sofa, or if you have a couch that is a family heirloom, it may be worth having it reupholstered.
Although reupholstering dining room chairs is relatively simple, reupholstering couches and other large furniture items is not. It’s best that you seek the assistance of a professional if you decide to re-fluff and re-cover your couch.
Don’t have the money to reupholster your couch? Consider a slipcover instead!
You and your family aren’t doomed to put up with an ugly, worn, uncomfortable couch. It doesn’t matter if you have a large budget to go shopping for a new sofa or you’re stuck working with the one that’s in your living room, the tips on this list will make it comfortable for everyone!