5 Signs It's Time To Replace Your Sofa

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After a long, stressful day at work, there are few places that beckon us to relax and stay awhile like our living room or den sofas. Is there anything better than kicking up our feet and becoming one with the most comfortable spot in the entire house? But if it’s recently come to your attention that your couch has stubbornly decided not to spring back to life after a necessary night of TV binging, this is just one of five signs that you it’s time to replace your sofa with a newer, more comfy model.

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Your cushions are flat

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Photo: Shutterstock

When your couch is still fairly new, its cushions can take a beating and keep ticking. But your kids can only jump on them for so long — the time is going to come when your cushions refuse to rise back up to the task. If you can make out the outline of your body on the cushion every time you stand up, this is a sign that your sofa is begging to be put out to pasture.

The color is dull

Photo: Shutterstock

Photo: Shutterstock

Fabric color fades over time. If you’ve noticed your bright navy couch is looking a little dusky blue these days, or if that spotless white loveseat has turned bone-grey, you can guarantee your sofa isn’t adding a whole lot to the look and feel of your living room or den.

The fabric is fraying

A quality couch can last years, even a decade or more, but at some point its fabric will show age. You may notice fringe and fraying. If you have a leather couch, you may see cracks or areas where the leather appears stretched. You can do your best to snip away the damage with a scissor or sew up an unsightly flaw. But don’t ignore these signs — they are warnings that your couch is in need of a replacement.

You've redecorated the room

It’s natural to want to keep your home decor fresh and exciting. If you’re considering making significant design changes to your living room or den, keeping your old couch (especially if its color or style isn’t quite right) will only make it stick out like a sore thumb. Try to include your sofa in your new design scheme or consider the kind of new couch that will complement the decor you have in mind.

There are visible stains

There are upholstery fabric cleaners out there that are truly golden. There are tricks you can follow to get everything from wine stains to tomato spills off your fabric. But there will come a time when those stains, spills, and the damage your pooch or kitty has caused add up and you will be forced to face facts: turning over your cushion to hide a mess is no longer going to cut it.

If you feel like cleaning your couch has become a second job, consider investing in a new one (and maybe adding a fabric furniture protection plan to your bill).

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