Couch Potato

As a lover of all things home decor, one of the most frustrating things after moving into a house, is realizing that you have all apartment sized furniture. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love  loved our furniture but now that we have so much space, it looks small in comparison. Since we’re decorating/furnishing this house room by room, my dreams of a new living room couch will have to wait. I’m no stranger when it comes to making do with what you’ve got. The little couch you’ll meet today was with us at the beginning of our relationship and even got a little facelift. I actually did this project a while ago but it’s still relevant now as I’m sure it will help someone. Enter our old, sad, slouch of a couch.

I actually bought this couch right as I first met Mr. J back in 2012 {sooo long ago lol}. I was living with my best friend but we decided to move into our own places when the lease was up. I remember talking on the phone with him as I browsed the showroom. I wanted something simple, functional, and not too big. To be honest, I was still thinking like a single woman. I didn’t think past that phone call to all the Netflix marathons and Housewife reruns we would watch on that couch. {We can be some true couch potatoes on the weekends} If I had, I would have gotten one that was longer and maybe a little deeper so we could both lie down comfortably. Mr. J is 6ft 3 so he usurped that thing all the time. Plus, I’m a little thick in the hips 😜 so both of us lounging on it was not comfortable in the least bit.  After several nights like this, the cushions started sagging and becoming deflated. I wanted to give them new life since this was the main piece of furniture in the living room.

Here’s what you’ll need:
*Elmer’s Spray Adhesive
*Mountain Mist Quilt-Light Polyester Batting, Full 81-inch-by-96-inch (optional)
*Fairfield Poly-Fil Premium Polyester Fiber, White, 1 Box, 5-Pound

All right, don’t judge us! This couch was a mess. 🙈

You can see how flat the filling had gotten in the back pillows. They started to deflate from constant use and got uncomfortable.


I removed all the inner filling and threw it away. Then I washed all the cushion covers and refilled the inside with the PolyFil Fiber. On this step, make sure you stuff the back pillows really well. You’ll want them to be full and firm so they will last with use.

Next I removed the old batting from the seat cushions. You might not get all of it but remove as much as possible. I washed these covers as well. The inner foam was still in great condition so I didn’t have to replace that. Next you’ll want to get new batting and use the Elmer’s Spray Adhesive to adhere it to the foam. I did 2 layers of batting on each side.

You’ll need a little arm strength for this next part! Since you’ve added new fluffy batting, it will be a little difficult to put the foam back into the cover. Don’t worry, work slowly and use a little muscle and you’ll get it on there!

Remember what the couch looked like before? Yuck!

Now, it looks a lot better!

I used about 3/4 of the PolyFil on these just to make sure they were stuffed. The rest I used on some throw pillows I made. The right back cushion is missing because as I was stuffing it, I noticed there was a hole so I had to sew it up first.

I think this is a huge improvement over what it used to look like! This couch journeyed from my single life in 2012 all the way until Feb 2015 after Mr. J and I got married. It went through 2 apartments and a lot of love. Right before we moved to NC, we donated the couch to the Salvation Army so another family in need could make some memories as well.

What’s your favorite piece of furniture in your home and why?

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