A friendly reader recently asked me an important question I think a lot of you might be wondering about. Here it is: How can I make the bottom of my couch firmer? Do I tighten the springs, or is there some other easy trick?
Great question. And here’s what I could find out about fixing a sagging seat:
Begin by turning the couch over and inspecting the bottom. Is the cloth covering it torn? That’s a relatively easy fix—just purchase new fabric and staple it in place.
If the framing is broken, one DIY message board post recommended cutting plywood to “beef up” any broken pieces. Or cut pieces of wood to fit between the cushions and springs of your couch for extra support.
If you have a couch that’s sagging like crazy and you’re not sure why, another message board visitor recommended tightly wrapping and threading cloth moving van tape through the back and around the bottom of the frame until it’s covered in a web of tape, which will provide additional support. And one suggested purchasing screw-eyes and rope, placing the eyes every foot or so on either side down the length of the couch under the cushions, then lacing the rope through the eyes like you would a shoe.
Some DIYers say that purchasing sofa supports—like the ones shown here—are the way to go. Essentially, they’re vinyl-covered fiberboard accordion-style panels that fit under your cushions to fix a sagging seat. Some people swear by them; others say they’re a waste of money. If you decide to try them out, let me know how they work.
If the springs are a problem, the brilliant ladies at BeJane suggest getting out the pliers. Bent springs can be fixed simply by twisting them to mimic the shape of the other coils. They agree, however, that if your springs are broken, your best bet is to call an upholsterer. If you’re lucky, the pro might be able to give you some advice on fixing the couch based on your particular sofa trouble. Or, if nothing else, you can hire the upholstered to come take care of the problem for you.
I apologize for not being able to provide any definitive advice, but near as I can tell DIY sofa repair is a tricky matter! So, readers, if you have any additional ideas, please share here.
And, while you’re at it, if you want to reupholster your couch too, here’s how, thanks to eHow.
Stay tuned for more answers to your pressing questions,
The Home Know-It-All