Perking Up Saggy Furniture Cushions

A better than new chair!

Renew Your Furniture ~theflyingc.netWe bought a new living room set last year and the cushion of the chair, which is my dear hubby’s nest, is looking pretty tired and beat down. I’m not sure why, but my DH is hard on things; shoes, shirt collars, furniture….

Perk up a cushion!

The couch is still looking comfortably overstuffed, so something had do be done with the back of this chair! This cushion is attached to the back of the chair, but has a zipper on the bottom, so I simply pulled the cushion out of it. All attached cushions will have a zipper on them, somewhere. The problem was immediately apparent; the stuffing had settled, and there was a large defect in the top part of the cushion.  It needed more stuffing.

To start the repair, I cut a straight line in the top channel of the cushion and added some high density poly fill, then sewed it shut. This gave the cushion back some of it’s loft, and made it firmer.


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Before I pulled the cushion out, I used a piece of batting to make a pattern of the shape of the back cushion. Then I cut the shape out of two inch foam using a bread knife (an electric carver works well, too), and attached the batting to one side of it with heavy duty spray adhesive. I also sprayed the other side of the foam. The batting faces the back of the chair, and allows the foam to slide into the cushion cover more easily. The side that is sticky will help keep the inner cushion in place. This foam gives the cushion cover some shape support, which it had absolutely none of before.

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Once the foam was fitted and in place, the last step was to put the cushion back inside the cushion cover. The spray adhesive on the foam made this a little tricky, but once in place, it should stay put. I also made sure the cushion went to all the corners of the cushion cover so there are no empty spaces that will collapse or wrinkle. Once I was happy with the cushion’s position, I simply zipped the cover closed, and I was done.

A better than new chair!

The chair looks like it’s just off the showroom floor, and I have a nice-looking overstuffed chair instead of a worn-out, beat-down looking chair. Much, much better! The cost of this project was $35 for the foam and batting. I had the spray adhesive, but a bottle of it runs about $4. Way cheaper than a new chair, or a repair by an upholstery shop!


Renewed Chair



Here is the supply list for this project, from my go-to-store, Amazon!

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38 Comment

  1. this is a great tutorial! i have gotten rid of many sofas and chairs due to sagging. Thank you for showing me how to perk up the sofa and loveseat I have now!
    be blessed!

  2. Angela Hutton says:

    Hallo Cori,
    Thank you so much for linking back through to our blog on your post 🙂 Much appreciated. You have some fantastic ideas….just need to get myself some time to carry them out. Keep up the good work & thanks again for your link. Kind regards, Angela Hutton, Room Service Interiors.

  3. Patti Goodwin says:

    Thank You!Thank You! Thank You!!
    My sofa sagging attached cushions have been driving me insane! Just checked and there are zippers!!! I had no idea! Will be fixing these soon! Great helpful article!

    1. Patti, I’m glad you found the article to be helpful! Thanks so much for stopping by The Flying C, hope to see you again!

  4. Bethany the ngnrdgrl says:

    My fiance is also hard on furniture! I don’t know what it is, but his side of the couch looks all worn and haggard while mine looks like new. Maybe it’s the weight difference? Or the fact that he is so tall he kind of pushed his weight down on the top of the cushion, if that makes sense. I’m totally pinning this. I might have to give it a try!

    1. Lol, Bethany, its the price we pay for marrying big guys!

  5. Renee C. says:

    I am SO glad I came across this tutorial! I have a beautiful set of furniture (couch and chair) with attached back cushions that are SO saggy! I just looked and there are zippers on the bottoms!! I had no idea 🙂 This is definitely going to be one of my next projects!! Thank you!!

    1. Renee, I’m glad you found this to be helpful! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope to see you again!

  6. Heidi from RI says:

    You have made my day! Our 13 year-old, custom made sofa with a great solid-wood frame has sagging back and flattened seat cushions that were going to cost me $1000 to replace, and the fabric (can’t just get inserts) might not match due to the sunlight’s effects over the years. I am thrilled to have looked up good quality material (thanks to you!) and find I can fix it with about a quarter of the investment. And 100% of the pride is doing it myself.

    1. Woot! That’s a pretty good savings, glad you found the post helpful!

  7. Thank you foe this! My one dog likes to sit on top of our sofa, and it has a cushion just like this, now I can make all of the cushions look the same again.

    1. Yes, pets are hard on the furniture! Glad I could help!

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  9. Looks like I will be doing another upholstery fix. I just noticed today that my dear boxer has torn the seam on the back of the couch. Sigh…

  10. MaryAlice says:

    Do you think this would work just as well with unattached cushions. Mine need help and I would love you thoughts on that. Thanks.

    1. MaryAlice, I am pretty sure it would work just as well with your cushions. Since you can turn your cushions, you might not want to put in the firmer foam, just try adding some high density fiberfill first and see how that does. Thanks for stopping by!

      1. HI, I just came across your site, I have saggy cushions–BAD, the problem is there are no zippers!!! They are not attached. Do you have any recommendations?

        1. Your only option is to unsew them . You might see how much a tailor’s or upholstery shop would charge to out in zippers, or put them in yourself if your a sewer. It would have the added benefit of allowing you to remove them for cleaning!

  11. I purchased the same chair and ottoman less than one month ago. I’m going to call the store tomorrow to find out if there’s anything they can do for me. If not, I’m going to try this. I’m so disappointed that this has started so soon. I sure hope this works! It looks good!

    1. Linda, ours started pretty quickly, too! So far, the repair is holding up very well. I think the problem is that manufacturers use the poly fill instead of cotton these days; the polyfill is just not as durable.

  12. Love this! Thank you so much totally doing this to my chair. Only question I have is where did you get those window looking art hanging on the wall behind the chair? Those are awesome and I would love to have something similar in my house.

    1. Hi, Michelle! Glad you liked the article! I bought the window thingys at Kirkland’s a few years ago. I keep meaning to put mirror behind them but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Thanks for stopping by!!

  13. Just came across this. I have older couch where middle cushion and the inner sides of the outside cushions are sinking. Cant afford to buy new couch right now. I am not crafty either…Would I still need that board or do you think I could just get polyfill stuff and put inside existing cushions to fill them up??

    1. Since you will be siting on these cushions, I’m not sure the polyfill would hold up. You might try shredded foam fill instead, it’s a little sturdier. I would line the inside of the cushion with a couple of layers of batting, and put the shred between the batting and the old cushion. you can get the foam shred here:
      Shredded Foam Fill – 5 LBs

      Please remember that I’m an amateur, not a pro, but this is what I would try if I needed it. Good luck!

  14. If you put the cushion in as large plastic bag before trying to slide it in the fabric cover, it makes it so much essier!! Then you just rip the bag and pull it out.

    1. Hey, Cheri, Thanks for the tip! What a great idea!!

  15. I just did this to my giant sectional and it looks brand new! Thank you for your tutorial!

  16. Thanks so much for this great tip. I am in the process of moving and was considering throwing my old sectional out becuase of the sagging of one cushion. Since finding your blog, I plna to try this first. I do have one question, part of your first step is blocked on my screen by the picture, can you tell me what the first two sentence says, also do you think I would be able to find these items at micheals or hobby lobby?

    1. Hi, i will email you the first paragraph. Hobby lobby here in town didn’t have the foam. Try JoAnn’s Fabrics, or use the links in the post to order from Amazon. Food luck on your couch!!

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  18. I love your blog its awesome! I have so much in common with you! Hope you and I both get the simple life we are after! -JJ

    1. Joni, Thanks for stopping by, and for leaving such a sweet comment. I wish you all the best of the simple life, too!

  19. Ellen Webster says:

    After 23 years at the fabric store I thought I’d heard it all – but no – that is such a good tip. Good for people buying an upholstered piece too. Love the glue idea.
    When putting the foam/stuffing/batting back in, try a large plastic bag or large sheet of plastic
    1. Cut the sides – make it flat.
    2. Wrap plastic from zipper up to the front and back to zipper.
    3. Slides in easily even if you over-stuff the cushions
    4. Push one side of the plastic UP to the front/top then pull it out with the one edge still be the zipper.
    (Sounds crazy when I write this but it works like a charm. Works great with cushions that are larger at the top than by the zipper)

  20. I’m so glad I saw this. I have a sofa less than a year old and it has done this. I will be fixing it soon. Thanks so much.

  21. Just a note, have always purchased La-Z-Boy recliners. I called them to complain that my chairs lost their support. They put me in touch with their repairman as the warranty was up on them. My mom sits in her chair all day and every few months we switch chairs for her, she has had surgery for the cancer she has. He took the recliners apart and re-stuffed them in a matter of minutes. He brought in a big bag of rags and filler. I was impressed. He has also refinished my maple tables and rocker. Man of many talents. Great job you did on the chair.

    1. I have the same problem with our LaZboy! All of the arms have lost their cushioning. It’s just fabric and wood left. All of the fill has fallen inside the chair and inside the sofa. How did you manage to repair yours?

  22. Love the tutorial for furniture “fluffing” but am dying to know about the stained glass window pictures behind….were those a DIY project….would love to know haw to do that!

    1. Hi, Dixie. Thanks for stopping by! Sadly, the wood and metal frames were purchased at Kirkland’S several years ago. I love them, they are one of my fave thongs!

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