Everything You Need to Make Your Old Sofa Feel New (and Cool) Again

Updated 09/21/17
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Aside from maybe your mattress and dining table, a sofa is the most important furniture purchase you'll make for your home. While you may consider dozens of options and break down the pros and cons by durability, style, and comfort while making the purchase, there is never a guarantee that you'll love your sofa forever. But by the same token, why would you fix something that's not broken? Would you replace your sofa just because you grew tired of its color, its shape, or the way its fabric is aging? What if there was a way to make it look and feel brand-new without kicking it to the curb and buying a whole new one?

The good news is that there are more ways than one. Whether you're temporarily renting and don't want to invest in a large piece of furniture, you're saving for a big renovation, or you're simply on a budget, we found 10 sofa makeover ideas that you can use to entirely revamp your living room without ever replacing its most important component. Give your sofa new life this weekend—here is how you do it.

Bemz Nockeby 3-Seater Sofa Cover $549
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If you have an IKEA sofa, we have good news for you. Bemz, a company based out of Stockholm, creates ready-to-use sofa slipcovers for most IKEA sofa models—and they come in a large variety of fabric. Always wanted a red velvet sofa? Now you can have one.

Pretty Pegs Svea 150 Legs $55
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Pretty Pegs is another company we love that specializes in legs for IKEA furniture. Do you like the shape of your sofa but don't love the legs? Simply swap them out! You can easily swap basic legs with fun ones to make your sofa look unique.

Zak + Fox Postage Fabric in Ink
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Zak + Fox Postage Fabric in Ink (price upon request)

If you don't own an IKEA sofa, don't despair. You can easily have your sofa reupholstered or slipcovered if the fabric has seen better days. It might be a little more expensive, but it's worth it if you have a classic, well-built sofa that should last decades.

Louise Gray Handmade Minimalist Quilt $425
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A large blanket or quilt can help hide your ugly sofa if it's large enough—just drape it over the entire length and hide either the full sofa or just the seat.

Hazel Pillow Cover
Serena & Lily Hazel Pillow Cover $128
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Pillows can change the entire look of your sofa—just pick a new combination of pillows to make it look brand-new. The more pillows, the less you'll see your unsightly sofa. This works best with a sofa that has a neutral base like white or gray.

TRNK Black Long-Haired Icelandic Sheepskin $235
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Throw blankets or sheepskins are a great way to hide smaller defects on a sofa, like stains or tears. Simply drape it over the problem area and lounge away.

Alice Quaresma "Mustard" $1400
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Take the focus away from the sofa and onto your wall by adding a large dramatic piece of art. This diversion strategy works wonders by shifting the focal point elsewhere in the room.

Gubi Grashoppa Floor Lamp $939
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Sometimes, the problem isn't with the sofa at all, but with everything else surrounding it. Try framing your sofa with a floor lamp and putting the spotlight on a pillow you like.

Nikari April Table $2216
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You can hide unsightly legs with well-placed accent tables, especially sturdier ones. Add a few pretty accessories on top of the table, and the styling will instantly elevate your space, no matter how ugly the sofa.

ABC Home Vintage Afghan Wool Rug $2400
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Another way to take the focus away from the sofa is to shift it to the floor. An eye-catching rug can do just that, especially if it's bright or has an interesting pattern.

Next up: Think affordable couches are a myth? These chic sofas under $900 suggest they're not.

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