Spice Up Your Sofa: Restoring Old Cushions

Want to do up your old sofa? In this article, we'll give you a few ideas on how to restore your old cushions to create stunning new combinations for your living room.
Spice Up Your Sofa: Restoring Old Cushions

Last update: 04 December, 2018

Cushions are an essential part of any sofa. They help to maximize comfort and, at the same time, decorate our living rooms. If your cushions are looking a little worn out, you can restore them or even make new ones. So with this in mind, we’re going to show you some original ideas on how you can transform your cushions and spice up your living room sofa.

Plus, there are so many different ways to do this. With just a few common household materials, you can even do it yourself. You can make covers, add appliqué decorations and so much more. Nowadays there is an infinite variety of fabrics, colors, and textures to choose from. In this article, we’ll give you some original ideas on how to bring your sofa back to life.

Spice up your sofa: restoring your cushions

There are so many different fabrics and designs to choose from when restoring your cushions.

If your cushions are looking tired, there are many different ways to restore them to give them a new look. It’s important to think about the color and style of your sofa, as it is the cushions that will ultimately determine the overall look. Plus, they’ll help to decorate your room so that it stands out.

Next, we’ll give you some simple and beautiful ideas so that you can breathe new life into your sofa.

Making covers for your old cushions

If your old couch pillows are looking past their best, there’s no need to throw them away. In fact, you can keep them and make some beautiful new covers. This way, you can keep your original cushions and update their look at the same time. Cushions are really practical, as you can wash them whenever you want so that they are always clean.

You can use fabric that you already have at home – clothes, curtains or old bed sheets, for example. This means you get to recycle your old fabrics and create personalized covers for your cushions at the same time. This is a great alternative if you want to give your sofa a new look and breathe new life into your home decor.

You can either choose to make your covers from a single type of fabric or combine several different fabrics, colors, textures, and patterns. This is a really popular trend nowadays. Remember to always combine and contrast the colors of your cushions with the color of the sofa.

Combine and contrast the colors of your cushions with the color of the sofa.

Appliqué decor for your cushions

Appliqué is a great way to decorate old cushions. You can buy appliqué decorations in pretty much any sewing store, and there are so many different types, colors, and materials. For example, you can buy pompoms, tassels, buttons, ribbons, bows and so much more.

Another great way to restore your cushions and give your sofa a new look is to decorate just the edge of your cushions with appliqué decorations. Tassels and small pompoms are really easy to sew on by hand. You can use them to create contrast, and really give your old cushions a makeover.

Appliqué and neutral tones

If you have neutral-colored cushions like gray, black, white, chalk or beige, make the most of them and add decorations that create contrast. For example, adding blue tassels to a gray cushion is a really great look. Or you could even decorate all four sides of your cushion with pompoms.

Another option is to make bows from two ribbons in different shades of the same color. You could also sew lots of different types of fabric buttons around the edges of your cushion.

This will allow you to add different decorations in contrasting colors, while still using the base of your old cushion. If you stick to the same color palette, you’ll soon have a beautiful new set of cushions for your sofa. Give this beautiful and original idea a try, and see what a great new look it is for your sofa.

Use appliqué decorations such as tassels or pompoms to restore your cushions.


Another alternative, which does require a bit more work, is to use embroidery to create beautiful patterns on your old cushions. You can create large designs, small details, use two colors, use lots of colors – there are endless possibilities that will really bring your home to life.

If you don’t know how to do embroidery, you could always simply take a needle and embroidery thread and do a few colored stitches. Give it a try, experiment, and have fun with it. You can create your own designs and bring a touch of color to your sofa.

Of course, when you’re choosing the colors for your cushions, you’ll need to think about the base color of your sofa, so that you can select colors that work well together. You can be subtle when it comes to using color, or play around with strong contrasting colors. Choose the combination you like best and give your sofa a whole new look.

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