How To Revive An Old Armchair
You’re probably reading this today because you’ve got a favorite armchair in your home.
It’s a chair you always use in your living room or bedroom, for example, and one that feels super comfortable to use.
You might have even fallen asleep on it many times as it feels so great to use!
However, there is one problem with your armchair: it has seen better days. Your armchair is likely worn in many places, and it probably doesn’t feel as comfortable to sit or sleep on as it once did.
If you’re not ready to throw away your favorite armchair, and you’re keen to give it a new lease of life, here are some tips that any keen DIYer can follow to make their armchairs look like new again.
Here is how to revive an old armchair.
One of the most significant improvements you can make to your armchair is by reupholstering it. Put simply, you will be removing the old fabric and replacing it with something new.
As you can appreciate, you’ve got a limitless choice of fabric options. For example, you could consider some pretty cottons prints, or you may prefer to use a plain color.
Whatever your choice, you’ll soon notice a massive improvement by removing the worn-out fabric and replacing it with a new covering.
Another thing that wears away is the foam used for the cushions and backrest on an armchair. Foam only keeps its firmness or bounciness for a while.
Then it starts to feel flat and looks saggy, and it’s something you may have noticed with sofas as well.
As with fabric, foam is relatively cheap to buy and you shouldn’t have a problem finding a local or internet supplier that will sell foam cut to size. T
hat means you don’t have to do the hard work of cutting out intricate corners or edges!
On some armchairs, you will find there are coil springs underneath that help support the weight of an individual sitting on them.
Such armchair styles give the user a slight “floating” feeling and enhance the experience.
Unfortunately, the metal in coil springs can weaken over time. Especially if the armchair gets regularly used.
Thankfully, it’s easy to source replacement coil springs, and they’re also very inexpensive to buy.
Have you found that the legs on your armchair are looking so worn they could potentially break? It might be due to the legs getting water damaged at some point.
Perhaps weakening due to the armchair getting dragged across the floor.
If you’re an expert woodworker, you could make some new legs out of oak wood or similar. Alternatively, you could have a local woodworker craft some for you.
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Lastly, irrespective of whether you’ve got new or old legs for your armchair, you could always make them look fantastic by giving them a coat or two of wood staining.
It helps to sand off the old wood staining from the legs before you apply any new coatings. Doing so will ensure proper adhesion and the best results.
Do you have any tips for how to revive an old armchair?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.