5 Ways To Transform An Old Sofa

Your sofa= your throne. Today we show you 10 ways to transform an old sofa.

You are the monarch of your home and the sofa is your throne. So if your couch isn’t exactly the standards you’d expect to see in Buckingham Palace, something needs to change!

Problem numero uno: new sofas are super expensive! And chances are, you can’t afford to fork out two grand as soon as your couch starts to show a few signs of wear and tear.

Luckily, there are easy ways to transform an old sofa that won’t leave your poor wallet emptier than a drought-plagued desert. Believe me, I’m a first home buyer.. I know all about saving that dollar.

Watch and learn…

1. Throw On A Throw


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Let’s play spot the ugly sofa.

Ok, this one is from personal experience! After my boyfriend and I bought our first home, his parents kindly donated us their old sofas so we could actually #NetflixandChill. As sweet as the gesture was, the battered, 80s floral print was pretty much the antithesis of my decor taste.

What did I do? I ran to the hills! Nope, just kidding: I’m still here! I simply grabbed some pretty knitted throws and turned a monstrosity into something rather cute.

Although they smell a little musky (nothing perfume can’t fix), my throw-covered sofas are super cosy and stylish.

2. Adorn With A Table Runner & Printed Pillow Covers


Above: My hideous 80s sofas were given a new lease of life with throws, printed pillows and a table runner.

To add further life and style to the said 80s sofas, I added an array of cute printed pillow covers. To highlight the larger sofa, I also added a printed table runner directly down the center.

When choosing your decor pieces, it’s important to keep both your color palette and home decor theme at the front of your mind. For example, as my home decor style is beachy, with a neutral, gray and blue palette, I chose pieces that would fit well with this theme.

The products I used:

BlueOcean Blue

From left: chic jacquard table runner, jacquard paisley pillow covers, floral embroidered pillow cover

3. Reupholster


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This option is great for DIY lovers who are looking for a large rewarding project. As long as your sofa’s shape and foundations are in good form, this could be a wonderful option for you.

Re-upholstering is a fantastic way to transform an old sofa to make it completely gel with your living rooms interior. We recommend opting for a neutral, sturdy fabric to ensure your throne is worthy of your palace for years to come.

First home buyers: why not buy a cheap sofa from a thrift store or garage sale and reupholster? It will save you a fortune. Don’t fret: that hideous, loud Seventies print won’t be part of your decor forever!

Once you have reupholstered your sofa **a round of applause to you**, add interest, prints and color with printed pillow covers.

This selection adds texture and print to any monochrome home:

BlackGoldCoffee Brown

From left: Solid geometric pillow cover, hand painted deluxe accent pillow cover, hand embroidered throw pillow cover

4. Add Buttons


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Love the color, but just want to transform your old sofa? Adding cute buttons or tufting details can really bring an old sofa back to life, especially if the fabric is starting to sag.

Whilst you’re at it, why not change your sofa legs to something more on trend too? After all, it’s the little details that really make a difference on expensive your home looks.

5. Boho It!


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The best thing about boho decorating is that absolutely anything goes. So if your sofa has a retro print or is looking a little shabby, work with it!

The first option is to work with the sofa print you have and compliment it with various printed cushions and throws. Or if you really hate it, cover it with a mixture of throws, fabrics and pillow covers.

Remember: Nothing is too much when it comes to boho!

Time to upgrade your thrown, your Royal Highness!

Rachel Holliday

Rachel Holliday

Interior design and fashion contributor at Banarsi Designs. Writer and Aussie-based fashion and personal style blogger at www.thedailyluxe.net