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Monday, January 19, 2015

How To Restuff Ikea Ektorp Sofa Cushions Cheap, Easy and Quick


Are your couch cushions flat as pancakes and uncomfortable? 

That is how our 2 seater Ikea Ektorp sofa felt. We bought it secondhand and it must have been well used by the previous owners. New covers made it look pretty, but there was no mistaking the cushions were flat and no amount of fluffing helped. I was so disappointed with it that I had decided to sell it. 

Then I had an idea, I'd try adding some new stuffing to the cushions. 

Here is our flat cushion sofa. (Please ignore the wrinkles.)


Here is our lounge with just the right seat cushion stuffed. So much fluffier. 


All I used was the filling of a few cushion inserts. You could also use flat batting or bagged polyfill. I just used what I already had on hand.


I pulled the stuffing out of the cushion inserts and fluffed it up a bit.


Then I took off the white cushion covers, unzipped the cushion inserts and stuffed my stuffing in between the foam base and the feather topping. Zipped it back up and put the covers back on.


And presto, new fluffy cushions. You could also put some stuffing in the back top cushions, but I didn't think I needed to. 


If feels like we have a new lounge. 

I used one cushion insert to stuff each seat cushion and about a half insert in each top cushion, so three in total. 

They might even be a bit over stuffed so I'll wait and see how they settle. 

Time spent was about 10 minutes. Cost was zero as I had the inserts.


In fact, it turned out so well that I also did our 3 seater last night. 

Here it is all flat, no fluffing of any of the cushions.


And here with just the right hand seat cushion stuffed. It raises the back cushion up a few inches. And I found that because of this I didn't need to stuff the back cushions on this lounge either. 


And here it is this morning all nice and fluffy and extremely comfortable.  I used one cushion insert in each seat cushion. Again, I had these on hand so total cost was zero. I also added an extra insert in the brown cushions on either end which always go flat and they are super puffy and not squashing up at all. 


Adding a bit of new stuffing to my sofas was the best thing I have ever done. You seem to over look the obvious, but if I look back at old photos now I can totally see my lounge cushions were really flat. I love how they are now fluffy and really comfortable.  

So for both sofas I used 5 cushion inserts. If you had to purchase the inserts I would guess them to be no more than $5 each, so about $25 in total. That is a lot cheaper than purchasing 2 new sofas. 

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28 comments:

  1. Wow what a difference! My sofa is new from Havertys and it already is going flat. I guess I sit around too much. I am going to see if this will work for mine. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That's a shame. I'm sure it is not from sitting on it too much. :) Good luck! Julie

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  2. Ok so this is genius!! :) What a great tip for breathing new like into all of our ektorp seating!! Thank you so much. ~julie

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    1. I know! I'm kicking my self for not thinking of it sooner. I can't believe I almost sold my beloved Ektorp. LOL. :) Julie

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  3. Wow! What a huge difference. My place is loaded with flat seating of all sorts, great idea!
    Sally

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    1. Thanks Sally. Definitely give it a go. A few days of sitting on them and they are still bouncing back which is a good sign. :) Julie

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  4. Great idea, and those sofas look like new!

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    1. Thanks Carol. I have to agree with you there. :) Julie

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  5. What a difference! I'm totally crushing on your pillows, too!

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  6. Such a good idea! Your couch looks so comfy, and I'm loving your numbered throw pillows! ~Amy

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    1. Thanks Amy! It's been a week now and they have settled a bit, but still comfy. I made the numbered cushions from drop cloth and have had them for years. Love them too. :) Julie

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  7. I would have never thought of that--I am so going to try that since I spend a lot of nights falling asleep on the couch. Thanks so much for the idea!

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    1. Please do Sandy! One of the best and easiest ideas I've ever had. :) Julie

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  8. Wow, I'm totally doing this to mine! I've been putting it off because I thought it would be difficult and/or expensive. Nice to meet you on the Weekend Retreat linky and pinning this to my IKEA Love board!

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    1. Thanks Meredith! You totally have to do it. Worked a treat for me. It's been a week and they are still super comfy. :) Julie

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  9. OMG! I love my Ektorp furniture (cats, dogs, grandkids... you bet I love those washable slip covers) but the cushions drive me mad! I am so going to try this!

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  10. Helpfull advice and tutorial. Thank you, Julie. From Lisbon, my best regards.

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  11. I'm so glad you posted this. I have three dogs - 2 chihuahuas and 1 doberman - who think the two IKEA couches are their personal beds. My children are grown but still messy. I love the Ektorp for the price and look but the flattened cushions were always such a disappointment. Now I'm going to give your method a try. I also directed someone on Pinterest to your website for directions...

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  12. I'd love to do this, but my cushions have a zipper in the cover, but a fully sewn cover around the padding on the inside. I could cut it open, but I have nosewing skills at all. Any idea how I could proceed with mine?

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    1. Hi Andy, you can buy the rolls of flat wadding that come in a roll. Maybe you could fold this over to the desired thickness and size and slip it in on top of the cushions. Good luck! :) Julie

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  13. Did you make or buy your feather topping? Nice trick!

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    1. Hi Breann, my cushions came with the feather stuffing, although you could probably add your own. Thanks for stopping by! Julie

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  14. Hi, I just used inserts from cushions I currently wasn't using.

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