5 Inexpensive Ways to Update an Old Couch – No Sewing Required

The couch is the centerpiece of the living room. Even if you don’t spent much time lounging around, the couch still has a big impact on the overall look and feel of the space.

Unfortunately, couches are expensive. Buying a new couch isn’t always an option, and most people don’t have the skills to re-upholster one themselves. Fortunately, the internet has answers! Give your old couch a fresh look with one of these no-sew DIY projects

1. Fabric Paint

Normally, paint and upholstery aren’t a good mix. But there are kinds of paint specially designed to adhere to fabric, and painting an old couch can completely transform its look.

You have three main choices for paint: fabric paint, chalk paint, or latex paint mixed with a fabric textile medium. Most of the above are available at large craft stores. It’s best to choose a matte paint (unless you want a shiny, faux-leather look).

Simply spray the sofa with a bit of water, let it soak in, and start painting! Paint with the grain of the fabric. You’ll likely need at least two coats of paint.

As long as you use the right kind of paint, the fabric shouldn’t become hard and crunchy. However, it may not be as soft as it was before. People often compare it to outdoor canvas or soft leather.

2. No-Sew Slipcover

Slipcovers have been around for a while, but they’re still a great solution if you just can’t stand the colour of your old couch. You can buy slipcovers at a home design store, but they can run up to a few hundred dollars. Instead, you can turn a large sheet of fabric, like a drop cloth, into a slipcover with little effort.

This tutorial uses an ordinary painter’s drop cloth to create a clean and refreshing appearance.

3. Nail head Trim

Leather and fabric couches often use decorative nail heads to help hold the upholstery in place. You can replicate this elegant look by adding nails to an old couch.

You have the choice of doing this the old-fashioned way, with a hammer and nails, or purchasing strips of decorative trim at a craft store.

4. New Legs

Couch skirts have (thankfully) gone out of style. Now, we like to show some leg. So why do most couches come with boring, rounded wooden legs? Swap them out for something more interesting, like a squared, tapered, or metal leg, to spice things up. Here’s a quick tutorial on replacing legs on a couch.

5. Accessoize

The simplest way to give an old couch new life is to add throw pillows or blankets. A splash of colour can change the whole look of a couch in seconds. Choose a constrasting colour that works well as an accent in the room.

You can mix and match different shapes and patterns so long as the accessories incorporate the accent colour.

What is the ‘True’ Hygge Home Design?

Quick: describe your ideal home in one word.

Is it big? Stylish? Functional?

Forget the extravagance. My ideal home is cozy.

I know I’m not the only one who feels that way, because hygge, which first hit the international scene in 2016, has been one of the top interior design trends this year. If you follow any lifestyle or design accounts on social media, you’ve definitely heard of it. To date, its hashtag has attracted over 1.6 million Instagram posts.

Like all design trends, it’s attracted its share of praise and contrarian dismissal (can you even pronounce the word hygge?), but it’s not exactly a groundbreaking concept. Hygge has been around for a while – we just didn’t have the right word for it.

What is it?

For the official definition, let’s go straight to the source:

“Hard to explain and even harder to pronounce, the Danish word ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hooga’) translates roughly to ‘cosiness’. It may be hard to say, but that hasn’t stopped people finding out that hygge might be a recipe for a happier life.

In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. There’s nothing more hygge than sitting round a table, discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world?”

And in case you were wondering, TIME magazine offers three equally confusing choices for pronunciation: “hyue-gar”, “hoog-jar” and “hoo-gah.”

In terms of home design, the word refers to items and colours that invoke a sense of warmth and coziness. We’ve been doing that for a while across the pond; you don’t have to look far to find beautiful rooms adorned with vintage textiles, warm throw blankets, pendant lights, and candles. Think of rooms that make you want to spending cold nights curled up by the fireplace, or warm afternoons on the patio. That’s hygge.

To me, that pretty well describes the ideal home design. Maybe it’s because I, like the Danes who coined the term, live in a chilly climate and love nothing more than to watch the snow fall on the window from the comfort of a cozy space.

On the other hand…

Are We Ruining Hygge?

I can’t help but feel that the new hygge design trent distills the concept down to material things – and not handmade pieces or treasured keepsakes, but things you can easily find at any Sears store. If hygge is all about warmth and familiarity, how does that square with buying brand-new, mass-produced products to create the atmosphere?

And it ignores something that comes up time and time again in descriptions of the style/lifestyle: the importance of other people.

Search #hygge on Instagram and you’ll find a lot of empty rooms, cute objects, and selfies. What you generally won’t find are people sharing those nice spaces together.

I like that hygge celebrates the kind of spaces I love to be in. And it’s nice knowing that other people feel the same way. But like most things, I think the Internet gets this one wrong.

I like that hygge celebrates the kind of spaces I love to be in. And it’s nice knowing that other people feel the same way. But the idea of what constitutes warm and cozy should be different for everyone.

My thoughts? If you really want to create a hygge space, find a place you’re already in love with – your family room, your study, your backyard patio – and find ways to share it with people you care about. Throw a casual dinner party. Have board game nights. Sit and read a book with your partner.

After all, hygge is supposed to be about enjoying the good things in life with good people. Don’t forget the ‘people’ part of that equation.