A while ago I wrote a post entitled “Five Decorating Mistakes I Wish I Hadn’t Made.”
The #2 mistake on the list was that I wish I had purchased sofas with removable back cushions instead of cushions that are attached.
Because cushions that are attached to the back of the sofa sag.
Sag and sag and saaaaaaaaggggggg.
Sag like the Suntan pantyhose my mother used to make me wear in seventh grade.
They don’t tell you about the sagging at the store and you don’t even notice it until you’ve had the sofas about a month and you go to fluff the back cushions and realize saggy cushions are now a thing in your living room.
This is the best tip I never thought of.
A reader sent it to me and I thanked her and told her she was brilliant and sent her seventy-two exclamation points and then decided to share it with all of you.
Here’s how to fix sagging couch cushions in the easiest, simplest way you can imagine.
Let’s start with a close-up so you can see what I am working with here.
Slippty, slumpity, sloop.
Emily Post would tell it to straighten its shoulders.
But it can’t.
It’s attached to the back.
And when you try to push it up, the cushion stays for a moment and then when your back is turned or someone sits on the couch to eat Captain Crunch or put their stinky socks over the edge, whenever they get up….
….it slumps back in place.
But here’s the thing.
There’s a secret fix to all that slumping.
Something I never even knew was there.
Something wonderful and incredible and amazing that fixed the problem in two shakes of a lamb’s tale.
I’m as surprised as you are. There’s a hidden zipper at the bottom of the cushion that has been escaping my notice for four years. It’s tucked way back inside and you have to awkwardly lift up the cushion to find it, but it’s there.
And when I unzipped it, guess what I found?
Stuffing that was kind of molded into place and slumpy.
So I twisted it and turned it and fluffed it out of its mold and even added a little extra stuffing around the edges.
Here’s a little before and after.
Now it looks like this.
Can you believe the difference?
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Especially when they are unslumpy.
And now my couch is fluffed and stuffed and ready for stinky socks and Captain Crunch.
All because of an amazing reader.
And a zipper. 🙂
PS Please feel free to leave exclamation points in the comments. I’ll make sure and forward them to her. 🙂
PPS In honor of all things green and growing, I just wrote a fun post on trimming shrubs over on Homes.com.
And now for some more tips from some of my favorite friends: