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How to Fix an Uncomfortable Couch

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After a while, even high-quality couches can begin to feel a little rugged. Are you looking to give your sofa a little boost in how comfortable it is? In this article I’ll go through the best ways you can restore your couch to its top quality.

If it was never that good to begin with, these tips will still give it a leg up and have you sitting comfortably in no time.

How to Make a Couch More Comfortable

Clean Your Couch

The first thing you’re going to want to do to make your couch more comfortable is clean it. Get a sponge and a pair of tweezers. Next, lift up the pillows. Use the tweezers to get in the cracks and get rid of any debris.

Then use the sponge and lightly wipe down the cushions. Make sure the sponge is non-abrasive as to not damage the couch cushions. Once you’ve cleaned the sofa cushions, you can then put everything back together.

Cleaning the sofa will get rid of any dirt or debris that may be hurting you while sitting. This will instantly make your sofa feel comfier.

Check Your Couch is Completely Level

level being used to make sure couch is level

You’re going to want to make sure your couch is level. Look at the four feet of the sofa. You’ll find these in each of the corners. If they are not level, you can turn them until they are.

A level couch is better for supporting you while sitting, meaning you’ll be much comfier. Another tip is to add some friction pads to go under the feet. These increase friction against the floor and stop the couch from slipping.

Throw Pillows and Throw Blankets

If your couch is not very comfy you can always cover up those pillows with throw pillows. throw pillows are small pillows that add a hint of décor and comfort to your couch. You can buy these relatively cheaply and will increase how comfortable your couch is. Place them over any hard patches of cushion to give a bit of extra support.

You can use throw blankets in a similar way.  Add them to your couch to give extra support. These are also great for wrapping yourself up in and warming yourself up. These can also bring a bit of color to an otherwise dreary couch.

Reupholster Your Couch

reupholster your couch in store

This method takes a little bit more work. If you want to change the material of your couch, then simply re-upholster it. The reupholstering process can be expensive so only do this if you’re sure you want a change. Of course, you can always buy a new sofa, which may actually be cheaper.

Here is a guide if you’re looking to reupholster your sofa.

Pair with a Coffee Table

While this method doesn’t directly impact how comfy your sofa is, it can really help out. If you do lots of work on your sofa and find yourself in uncomfortable positions, this could help you. If you buy a coffee table that is the same height as your sofa, you will be able to learn over and work on it.

To get the perfect height, you can raise or lower your sofa. You can do this by turning the four couch feet in the same direction. If you turn them anti-clockwise (left), they will become looser and your couch will get smaller. Alternatively, turn them clockwise and your sofa will begin to raise.

Reshape Your Cushions

Everyone has heard of plumping cushions to give them some more bounce. There are two ways to do this. The first is the classic, using your hands to push and pull on the cushions to reset their firmness. This gives them some elasticity back, but not much.

Alternatively, you can also use a blow dryer. Put the blow dryer on the lowest heat setting and move it slowly over the couch. This will reset the elasticity of your pillows, making them good as new.

Pair these two strategies and your pillows will be as comfy as can be in no time at all.

How Can I Make my Couch Softer?

There are three main ways to make your sofa softer. These are replacing your cushions, fixing internal damage, and adding upholstery foam.

Upholstery Foam

upholstery foam to make couch more comfortable

One of the best ways that you can improve the quality of your couch is to replace the upholstery foam. This foam is relatively cheap to buy and can pack a real punch. You’ll want to unzip the pillow guards that surround your couch cushions. Once you have exposed the cushion, you can add the pillow foam.

Next, slip the foam into the cushions, this will make an extra layer of support. When you sit on the sofa, you’ll then have more ‘cushion’ in your cushion.

Internal Damage

To check for internal damage to the structure and springs, first, take off the cushions. Once you’ve exposed the internal structures, you can check the springs for any bends or snaps. If the springs seem snapped, you’re going to have to replace them.

If the springs are only bent, you should be able to use pliers to pull them back into the right position. Be careful while doing this, couch springs can be fragile.

If the internal structure, such as the wood frame, has become damaged, you will have to replace it. If there is only minor damage, you may be able to add a small amount of plywood. However, if there is a snap, you’re better off replacing the couch as the frame is integral to the sofa.

Change Your Cushions

If your cushions are quite old, a simple way to make your sofa softer would be to replace them. Cushions lose elasticity over time, so you will benefit from changing them out.

Before you do this, try some of the above methods to restore some of their old elasticity. That may be a short-term fix that could benefit you greatly.

How Can I Make my Deep Sofa More Comfortable?

a deep couch being made more comfortable

If your sofa is too deep and you seem to be sinking in it, there is a simple fix. First of all, remove the cushions. This should leave you with the base exposed. Once you’ve done that, cut a plywood sheet to the same size as your sofa. Use a measuring tape to capture the measurements of your sofa.

The plywood sheet you cut out should be the same or just slightly smaller than your sofa base. Once you have this, place it under where the cushions rest. You can attach the plywood to the base with a staple gun.

Plywood is the best for this as it won’t splinter if it cracks. This will provide extra support to your pillows, meaning they shouldn’t sink as deep. This will greatly improve how comfortable your sofa is.


There are several things you can do if you’re looking to make your sofa comfier. I would start with fluffing your pillows and cleaning your sofa. After that, move on to other methods such as reupholstering or covering with throw blankets.

If you follow one, or several, of these steps, your sofa will be comfier in no time.

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