Most of our couches get to the point where they just don’t feel firm enough anymore. You notice (especially after being home for the past year and a half) that your favourite spot has gotten a little dodgy and soft feeling.
Instead of thinking about a new couch, think about replacing the foam instead. It is a fraction of the cost and can usually be done in minutes.
One of the couches at our cottage has been feeling a little too soft for a while now and it was time this week to finally bite the bullet as the saying goes and firm it up. We even had to turn the cushion around to make it less soggy temporarily. If you look at the picture below, you will see the zipper on the outside 🙂
Most couches come with removable seat cushions and you find that when they are removed, they are almost always a zipper along the back of each one. That zipper is the magic that makes replacing the foam a snap.
To replace the foam with new, firmer foam, start by measuring how much you need. Make sure to measure the length, width, and height. I like to use a firm foam when I replace cushions as it will get softer over time. I usually order high-density foam – anything softer than high-density won’t be firm enough.
The foam I ordered for our couch, can be found here… Once you have your new foam, be sure to open it up and let it air out for a day or two before cutting it.
Cutting the Foam
With the foam ready to go, unzip the cushions and remove the old foam. You can use this foam as a pattern to cut the new foam.
Lay the old foam on top of the new foam and draw a line around it with a sharpie.
Use an electric knife (you can pick these up for a couple of dollars at thrift stores) to slice the foam down the line. Be sure to cut all the way through and don’t worry if your line isn’t perfect. The cut edge and be placed at the back of the couch or will end up being one of the sides which are never seen.
Replacing the Foam
When you are ready to place your new foam into the cover, turn the cover inside out. Start at one end and slowly work your way up to the top. This part is easier with two people so that one can squeeze the foam and one can slip the cover on.
Finally zip up your cover and replace the cushion on your couch. Test it out and you will feel like you have a brand new couch in just a matter of minutes!
It may not look that different on our couch but let me tell you, when you sit on it, you can certainly feel the difference; it feels like a brand new couch!
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