1. Less is moreYou want there to be as much open, walkable space as possible. This helps buyers navigate the space, and also helps them better visualize their own furniture in each room. Put extra
DIY Patio Couch Refresh
I recently noticed my patio couch cushions had expired and needed to be replaced. The cushions started ripping apart and turning green from the elements. It was clear it was time for new cushions. I searched online for couch cushion replacement and was stunned to find that each cushion (in the size I needed) would cost $150 each, which is more than replacing all of the patio furniture. Below is a cheap, crafty way to do this and it's surprisingly easy because there is no sewing involved. Cutting a mattress topper into cushions works perfectly or wrapping old couch cushions with fabric works too. Good news is that you can find everything you'll need at 2 stores! What you'll need:
Fabric & Quilt Batting (Joann Fabric)
Fabric Scissors (Joann Fabric)
Heavy Duty Stapler + Extra Staples (Lowe's)
Crosscut Saw (Lowe's)
Plywood base for each (Lowe's)
Scotchgard Water & Sun Shield (Lowe's)
Fabric & Quilt Batting (foam/stuffing) Measure your cushions and make sure there is enough fabric/batting to go around all sides.
Fabric Sheers (Get specific scissors for fabric)
Heavy Duty Stapler (Do yourself a favor and buy 1,000 staples so you won't run out and have to go BACK to the store!
A Crosscut Saw - Now it's time to start cutting new cushions or just covering old ones. Cutting out the squares doesn't need to be perfect because you'll be covering them with the batting/foam and then fabric on top of that.
1/8" Plywood squares for the base of each cushion. The staples will hold the fabric in place once stapled into the plywood.
Now wrap each cushion with foam and fabric. Staple on the plywood side and then rotate the cushion 180 degrees and staple and repeat while making sure the fabric is pulled tight and looks even. Continue this until you've got all sides stapled on the bottom/plywood side. If you mess up just remove the staples and redo it. Thats where the extra staples come in :) The one on the right is a new cushion.
Once you get all of the cushions completed now is the time to treat the fabric with any water repelling spray. With Little Rock weather having lots of humidity and rain this step is crucial. I used the Scotchgard Water & Sun Shield.
Let that dry and you're done! Here is the before/after of my finished outdoor couch.
Total amount spent: $150
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