Some companies such as Ikea, renowned for its ergonomic support and quality, sustainable materials, as well as space-saving designs.
But many people who buy their products for these reasons complain that their sofas and futons are too firm and uncomfortable.
The tips below are easy and effective and will make your sofa most comfortable, whether you have a new or an old one. You’ll find out how to soften the upholstery, the foam, and the cushions. You’ll also learn how to recognize and fix structural problems that affect your couch’s flexibility and ultimate comfort.
How Can I Soften My Couch?
Shaping the foam is the first uncomfortable couch fix. This job takes just a few minutes to complete following the steps below:
- Use a blow dryer to heat it. Use the lowest setting on your blow dryer. Move the dryer constantly on the whole surface of the couch instead of keeping it in one spot. Keep the dryer about 9 inches away from your sofa.
- Squeeze it. Use your hands to squeeze the foam before Google-ing “Ikea sofa too firm.” Be firm and fast so that your hands produce enough heat to restore your foam’s flexibility. This technique takes just a few seconds, but the divan foam won’t stay fluffed for long.
- Use water. Don’t pour too much water on your foam. Just a few tablespoons are enough for the foam to regain elasticity. After that, use your hands to reshape the foam. Once the water dries, the foam will take the shape you needed. If you’re not satisfied with the result, try again.
Other techniques to making your couch softer relate to the leather upholstery and stiff ottoman pillows, as well as proper maintenance and the needed height. Read more about those below.
SUMMARY: You can soften your ottoman by using radiating heat and water to mold it into shape.
7 Tips on How To Make Your Couch More Comfortable
Sometimes, your couch needs comfy pillows, blankets, or a mattress topper. Other times, you need to explore underneath it for hidden treasures or retighten the screws. Read the tips below to make sure your ottoman feels as comfortable as possible.
1. Get Rid of Hidden Things in Your Couch
The junk or dirt that falls underneath your ottoman or between the cushions causes an unpleasant sitting experience. Even if your sofa is new, you can still take out the cushions or disassemble it to search for tiny pieces of plastic or cardboard.
If you’ve had the sofa for some time, you might find that the missing toys or lost change cause this discomfort.
2. Ensure the Legs are Properly Screwed and Balance
If you’re looking for uncomfortable sofa solutions for a wobbly sofa, retightening the screws should fix it.
Incorrect balance of the legs affects sofa comfort because loose screws can’t support your weight properly.
Look at the sofa’s legs by turning it upside down to make sure everything is ok. The legs should fit snuggly in the holes. If they don’t, drill in the loose legs and tighten the screws.
3. Choose Some Comfortable Throw Pillows
Reduce the number of pillows on your divan to make sure it’s not cluttered by using throw pillows. Too many pillows on your sofa reduce sitting space and make your ottoman feel extremely uncomfortable.
- Choose firm if you need good support to alleviate back pain or to correct your posture.
- Choose softer pillows if you want a floating-like sitting experience. Google “Ikea couch uncomfortable,” and you’ll get softer pillows as a first idea.
- Make sure their colors fit your living room style (dining room) and décor.
4. Re-Upholstery the Couch
Restore your couch’s flexibility by reupholstering it. Old upholstery looks bad, but it’s also saggy and can’t support your body weight so that sitting on the sofa feels very uncomfortable.
Although you need a significant budget for the job, new upholstery is more stylish.
If you have limited funds, sometimes even a quick sew job for the upholstery or gluing a broken frame can fix things.
5. Increase Comfort With Increase in Height
- You need a higher divan if:
- You’re mobility challenged
- You need to use a laptop on a table in front of you
- You have to strain upwards to get to your coffee table
Don’t worry if your ottoman has small legs or dimensions. You can:
- Order new legs from the sofa’s manufacturer together with the correct screws.
- Add casters to secure your sofa and make it higher.
6. Don’t Ignore Throw Blankets!
Throw blankets improve divan comfort and are perfect for reading or watching TV.
These blankets look stylish and modern, plus they cover you in a cocoon of protection when you’re enjoying a cup of hot cocoa on a cold day.
Throw blanket is my number one tip for sleeping on the sofa like you would on your own bed.
7. Keep It Clean
Cleanliness has a psychological dimension that helps you relax. There’s also physical comfort because dried stains are harder and push into your skin. You might also strain uncomfortably to avoid rips or spills.
The first step to cleaning your ottoman is reading the instruction manual. Avoid detergents, especially if your sofa has a sensitive fabric. It’s best to use only water or call a professional cleaning company.
SUMMARY: Ensure that your ottoman has clean upholstery and no hidden objects underneath its pillows. Check that the legs are secure and the right size. Use throw pillows and throw blankets to make your couch cozier.
Do Leather Couches Get More Comfortable?
No. Leather sofas become harder with time, plus they’re stiffer than fabric upholstery from the get-go. You can solve this issue by following the tips below:
- Pour Vaseline on a soft cloth and rub it into the sofa. Focus on each section. Don’t apply too much Vaseline; make sure your sofa has absorbed all the Vaseline before adding some more.
- Wipe the couch. Ensure there’s no more grease on your sofa, and that the leather upholstery has regained smoothness.
Pro tip: Instead of Vaseline, you can use shaving cream, mink oil, glycerin, or milk balm. Repeat the steps above. These steps also work for futons.
Pro tip: If you get a store-bought leather softener, check with the sofa manufacturer to ensure it won’t damage the leather.
SUMMARY: While leather couches don’t get more comfortable over time, you can rub Vaseline or oil-based products into their upholstery to solve this issue.
About Couch Topper
Isn’t that another word for a sofa? Well, yes and no. I mean, yes, technically it’s a sofa topper, and it’s something to cover that little 2×4 slab on the sofa that helps give the sofa an upholstered look. But, since it is for the divan, not a sofa, it’s not “something to cover”. It’s to make it look more like a sofa. Since we got rid of the brown upholstered sofa in favor of this whitish colored living room one (note the right arm just has a thin cream-colored fabric, the rest is solid black) we were stuck with that little “sock” on the left arm. A true sofa topper for a standard sofa would cover that up. Since this one is a little more extended, it’s not going to look the same in the living room. And it wouldn’t work for this design. So we are buying a gray leather sofa cover. It should look like we are almost trying to make it look like a real sofa. I think I am going to hang the cushion for it on the wall, maybe make the base of the divan (that has those diagonal short legs) be a little lower and the ottoman top higher to make it look more like a couch.
That would look much better than those rather short legs. It just has this weird slope, but it’s hard to see that in this picture. This is the divan I have been working on. I’ve got the cushion attached and it has been taking some getting used to. I kind of like the arm bolsters, but the cushion itself doesn’t seem very cushy. I think I need to add more filler to the cushion.
How to Make Couch Cushions More Fluff
Couch cushions can easily be re-fluffed by punching them, adding upholstery foam inserts or polyester fiber, and even buttons. Sometimes, the cushions don’t need to be fluffed; your divan needs some structural repairs.
Read all about these tips explained below.
- Sit often. If your new furniture is stiff, sit on it every chance you get. Your body weight will press the cushions to break them in. If this method doesn’t work, try punching the pillows or fluffing them with your hands. Remember to flip the cushions constantly, so they’re fluffed symmetrically.
- Dance on them. There’s nothing like a quick dance session to fluff up your pillows. Put some clean socks on and walk on the cushions, ensuring you touch every inch of their surface. Remember to turn them upside down and repeat the process. Do this every day until the sofa cushions get as soft as you need.
- Pro tip: Don’t jump to buy new divan cushions too hard if they’re upholstered with leather because this material is prone to tears.
- Add some premium polyester fiber from Walmart if your sofa cushions still sag at the corners. Cut the lining and stuff the fiber. Don’t clump the filling before inserting it. Turn the pillow on the other side and repeat the process. Play it by feel and stuff where you need to. Sew up the lining quickly.
- Cinch your cushions with buttons to make the pillow more compact and firm. Unzip the seat cushion to remove all the stuffing. Sew four buttons on each sofa cushion symmetrically with the same thread; two in front and two in the back. Remember that smaller pillows might need fewer buttons, while bigger pillows require more. Place the filling back in and rezip the seat cushion.
- Place new memory foam cushion. Get in touch with a reupholstering company for the job. Choose firmer inserts for more support in case you have backaches, or softer ones if you plan to sleep on the divan.
- Repair structural problems. If your fold-out’s frame or springs are damaged, the cushions will have reduced support, which makes them sink in too deep. Refluffing them doesn’t help unless you fix your frame or springs underneath. You can either do a quick DIY job by placing plywood under the cushions or use some pliers to correct bent springs.
Tip: Until your couch gets as soft as you need, use a topper, a comforter, or mattress pad for the divan.
SUMMARY: Fluff up your divan cushions by using your muscle strength, memory foam or fiber inserts, as well as buttons, but make sure there are no structural problems first.
Is your couch not comfortable enough?
There are reasons that cause this problem: from stains and rips to structural issues, buying a new piece of furniture, and the passage of time.
This article showed you solutions for each of these issues. Before dancing frantically on your couch cushions to fluff them up, ensure that your sofa is undamaged and that you don’t have any hidden “treasures” under its pillows.