How to Keep the Couch From Sagging

Saggy sofas tend to fall into two categories: those that you received for free from a friend or relative (or at the curb) and would not have chosen yourself, but the price was right; or a shabby and loved piece of furniture that’s really out of order, but so comfortable that you can’t get rid of it. Even if it is being transferred from the living room to the basement or playroom, you still want it to be in your home.

Fortunately, there are several ways to extend the life of your saggy sofa, courtesy of Lee Wollander of The Spruce . Here’s what you need to know.

Why does your sofa sag

Wallender writes that this sagging of your sofa is usually caused by sagging cushions, loose or broken springs, or a combination of the above. (There may be problems with the timber frame, but this is too much work for us today.)

If you’re not sure what type of sag you are dealing with, remove the cushions from the sofa and see if the remaining pieces are straight or curved. Then determine if you need to fix pillows, springs, or both.

How to fix saggy pillows

At this point, we’re assuming you’ve already done the obvious: see if flipping or repositioning the foam in the pillows helps. If not, your best bet is to buy new foam and refill the pillows. Wallender provides step-by-step instructions for this.

How to install or replace sofa springs

Sometimes the couch springs will slip out of the clamps and just need to be reattached. In other cases, they may indeed break and need to be replaced. Either way, you’ll start by turning the sofa upside down, then unscrew the legs (if possible) and remove the dust cover from the bottom of the frame.

Wallender also provides step- by- step instructions for reinstalling and replacing springs, as well as a list of the tools you will need for each job to help you complete your project.


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