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How to Fix a Sagging Couch

Couches are an expensive, but necessary piece of furniture. Unfortunately, no matter how much you spend, over time, they can start to sag in the middle. In this day and age, when a lot of people are forced to buy second-hand furniture, that can be even more likely. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make the most of a sagging couch and, although it may not be fixed for long, it can at least save you from having to buy a new couch in the short term. However, it is worth looking around for other options too, so long as they are not too expensive.

Have a look at the innards

Sofas are heavy, so you will need some help to turn the sofa over to avoid injury. Once it is turned over, you may need to cut away the fabric at the bottom of the sofa so that you can see the springs and the wood that is supporting the bottom part of the sofa. Check to see if any of the wood is rotten or broken and look to see if the springs have become bent out of shape.

Solution: You may be able to replace or reinforce the wood to make the support stronger, or you may be able to manipulate the springs with pliers to put them back into place.

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Inspect the cushions

Sometimes the sagging of your sofa may have more to do with the cushions you are using. If you haven’t already done so, it is worth trying to turn them over so that the squashed part is of the cushions is up against the arms. It may provide some temporary relief. You could also try inserting some foam padding into the cushions to give a little more support. This can be helpful if you are missing the height of a well-padded sofa. Alternatively, you could try replacing the stuffing. However, you may want to ask for some advice from an upholsterer about the type of stuffing material that is best.

Solution: Replace stuffing if the cushions are at fault.

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Place plywood underneath the cushions

A reasonably cheap way of providing a solution for a sagging couch is to cut a piece of plywood to the size of the sofa seats. It will provide support for the cushions, but it should also help prevent further wear and tear on the base of the sofa. However, you will need to ensure that the plywood is well sanded down to avoid catching on the upholstery, or people, and that it stays securely in place so that nothing slips. It is also important to ensure that the plywood is strong enough to support the weight of the people in the household.

Solution: Use plywood to prop up the cushions, especially if the base is sinking

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Look at commercial options

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There are commercial options that claim to be able to solve the problem of sagging sofas and that aren’t all that expensive to try. For example, Furniture Fix provides a collection of interlocking panels that can be placed under the cushions for support. The panels can fit any sofa because you can use as many or as few as you need. The adverts claim that the panels are specially engineered and can take enormous weights.  For the price, it is worth a try.

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Get an expert in

If you have already tried the above options and still haven’t found a satisfactory solution, you may be better off calling in the experts. Reupholstering a sofa is not cheap by any means, but it should cost less than the price of a new sofa and, if it was well-made in the first place, could well result in you having a comfortable sofa for many years to come. Don’t be tempted to save money and ask someone who doesn’t really know what they are doing; if you do, you will probably regret it and may end up having to buy a new sofa anyway.

Solution: Get a professional to fix the sofa if DIY isnt your thing and the cost of repair is cheaper than a new purchase.

The self-help options above are worth trying, especially if you cannot afford a new piece of furniture for the time being and you are concerned that your back is suffering from sitting on a sagging sofa. However, you need to appreciate that eventually, you will have no option but to buy a new sofa if you value your physical health.

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