How to Maintain a Sofa

Your Guide for Fluffing, Smoothing, and Tightening

How to Maintain a Sofa

This article is a continuation of "How to Clean a Sofa", if you haven't read that one, you can find it here. If you haven't, it is not a prerequisite, however it does contain helpful pointers, tutorials, and tips.

Fluffing the Back Cushions

Fluffing your sofa cushions is an easy way to keep them looking fresh and inviting.

How to Fix Sagging

When you purchase a new sofa, it is common for the cushions to be plump and comfortable. However, over time and with constant use, the cushions begin to lose their shape and support. One way to maintain the appearance and comfort of your sofa is to fluff the back cushions regularly. This process redistributes the filling evenly and ensures that the cushions remain firm and resilient. It is important to keep an eye out for sagging in the back cushions, as it is a sign that they have lost their shape and support. 

All our back cushions are chamber filled – there are a few reasons for this. 
1. We have a higher ability to maintain the intended seat by filling the upper and lower chambers with varying fluff density. We can achieve better lumbar support while not overfilling the cushion. 
2. While complete sagging prevention is virtually impossible, chamber filled cushions prevent filling from falling by about 50%. Half the maintenance work, and double the longevity of comfort compared to no chamber filling is used.

How and When to Fluff

Fluffing your sofa cushions is an easy way to keep them looking fresh and inviting, no matter how frequently you use your sofa. The frequency of fluffing depends on how, and how often you sit on your sofa. For example, if someone sits on the couch every day for several hours at a time (and especially if there are kids running around), then you might want to consider fluffing weekly. On the other hand, if no one sits on the sofa except for special occasions like movie nights or family dinners once every few weeks, then once every few months will do just fine. By regularly fluffing your sofa's back cushions, you can prolong the life of your sofa and ensure that it remains comfortable and inviting for years to come.


Smoothing Seat Cushions

What is Seat Puddling?

Over time, seat cushions can develop puddles and wrinkles from constant use, which can affect their appearance and support. To smooth out these puddles and wrinkles, use your hands to gently pull from the center outward, and smooth the cushion cover to remove any wrinkles or puddles. Be careful not to tug or pull too hard, as this can damage the cushion cover or filling.

Back Cushion Rotating

Rotate back cushions for even wear. If you want to keep your sofa looking new, it's important to rotate the cushions so that they wear evenly. This will help prevent any unsightly marks from forming on the back of your furniture piece. It is important to be aware that while not all of our back cushions are reversible, you can re-position them left to right.

Many of our seat back cushions are shaped for comfort. The cushion shape is wider at the base, and narrower at the top. While this prevents flipping the cushion, the shape creates a better experience of comfort and is designed to not require flipping.

Checking and Tightening Frame Bolts

Tightening frame bolts is an important step in maintaining a high-quality sofa. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Remove the cushions from the sofa.
  2. Turn the sofa over, onto its back to access the frame bolts.
  3. Use a hex-tool or wrench to tighten any loose bolts or screws that hold the mechanism and frame together.
  4. Check all corners and joints to ensure that the frame is secure.
  5. If the frame bolts are severely damaged or worn out, it may be necessary to replace them. Contact a professional furniture repair service for assistance.


Regularly fluff back cushions to maintain the shape and support of a sofa. Rotate back cushions (if available) and smooth seat cushions for even wear. By following these steps, you can ensure that your sofa remains stable and supportive, prolonging its lifespan and maintaining its appearance and comfort. 

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