customize your generic sofa

So you love vintage furniture and finds but maybe not so much a vintage sofa… I don’t blame you. Reupholstering can be a costly customization but almost always necessary if you use an old sofa.

If you find yourself on an IKEA budget, don’t worry. After living in Denmark I see that Ikea actually offers better quality at a great price than other non designer (i.e. extremely expensive) options in the area. Apartment Therapy had a recent post on customizing your IKEA sofa. Find the link here.

Ikea sofa

If however you are able to spend more on a longer lasting sofa I recommend checking out Room & Board. I was able to work in the S.F. showroom briefly before our move to Denmark. Their staff is knowledgeable and can help you create a custom look for for your sofa that fits your needs (pets? kids? neatfreak? party house?). The company offers a range of sofas that blend wonderfully with mid century pieces or something that can help pull together your eclectic look. Snap some pics of your existing pieces and let a design associate help you select or design your sofa. The National Delivery Service for folks living outside a city with a Room & Board is actually reasonable.


I LOVE the ideas from Apartment Therapy. Changing out the legs is inexpensive and easy. Tufting takes more effort but wow, it can totally change the look of a sofa cushion. Dyeing slipcovers. Fantastic!

Are you looking for a fresh look? Each season I like to change things up a bit. It freshens the room and your spirit. Select some of your favorite textiles from around the house to dress your sofa and customize your look. Some of the options listed above may be a way to add a bit of life to your existing sofa and offer enough change to keep you happy with it longer.

What are ways you have customized your sofa? Do you cover it with loads of pillows or keep it simple? What’s your approach? Do share!

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