I’ve seen Pottery Barn & Restoration Hardware sofas that cost 3 times as much and are only 3 years old look like crap. I’ve also seen better quality sofas than those look like something the cat dragged in.
1. Fluff: Almost every night, when we get up from the sofa before bed, I fluff as follows:
- Give the back cushions a good beating, and
- Reshape and plump up the seat cushions.
Yes, I’m hella tired at night, too. But look. It takes 30 seconds and it protects my investment and saves a big item from gorging the landfill.
2. Flip: About 1/wk, I FLIP everything — move left to right and turn things over.
Even if you can’t switch position of things (like you have 2 “T” shaped cushions and a square one in between), you can flip them over and reshape them.
For matching chairs (because we’re also talking about chairs here), you can switch matching seat cushions and back pillows — in case one chair gets more use than the other, or someone heavier typically sits in one chair versus the other.
You rotate the tires on your car, right? And you only get a few years out them. You can get a lot longer out of your sofa cushions if you take care of them.
3. Vacuum: Ground dirt & dust are TERRIBLE for your upholstery. When I vacuum the room, I take an attachment and I give all the fabric a quick vacuum, too.
She was just reviewing the sofa, but I thought the before image AFTER ONLY 1 WEEK of not fluffing & flipping was very telling … and she only had cats squashing those back cushions, not kids doing somersaults and jumping off the back cushions!
There was nothing wrong with the sofa, it just needed regular care. Her pictures at the 3 year mark in the update post look great. Like I said, my barn room sofa is 14 years old!
Our upholstered furniture is some of the most expensive items in our Forever Homes; they are also some of the biggest things we put in landfills. Even a “value-budget” sofa can last you a long time if you take care of it. If you get a top-of-the-line sofa, it can totally last 20-30 years and BE WORTH recovering if you want to redecorate.
Let’s protect your investment and the environment!
Democrats and Republications can finally agree on something!
FLUFF, FLIP, & VACUUM!
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Today is my 42nd birthday and the kids are home for a couple of weeks for distance learning. We knew it would probably happen sometime. Wishing you all the sanity and health possible this weekend. I’m ready for my birthday martini & sushi.
See you next week!