You have the full literal support of your sofa anytime, any day. No matter what, it accepts all of you—sweat, body odors, messes, even outside grime and dust included. It also withstands your companions at home, especially kids and pets. In fact, you can make it into their “Fort Awesome” during play, which most sofas can handle to a point.
Eventually, they reach some sort of breaking point after years of use and abuse. From here, it’s also up to you to decide its fate. What are the best options aside from replacing your sofa? Let’s look at some of them to help sofa owners choose what to do with their well-loved furniture.
Sofas Get Worn Out Too
All sofas get to experience various types of dust, spills, odors, and grime throughout their life cycle. They may also sustain damage on their frames and legs after years of heavy use. It applies to all, from your trusty home sofa to the more custom ones like your motorhome upholstery.
The most obvious and common sign of bad wear is a noticeable creaking sound. It may be a little difficult to trace the exact problem, but it’s usually the wooden frames or legs that could break sometime soon. A weak wooden leg can even cause a mishap. Sofa springs or their support will also give way to years of impact and heavy and prolonged sitting.
Mind the Upholstery
Padding and upholstery are the most exposed parts of a couch to contact and weight, especially if the whole family is present. You may notice it has lost its bounce and support over time. When you stand up, you leave your shape on the cushion. Usually, its frame is still intact, and only its outer layers will need changing or repair.
Other sofas have absorbent textiles which can take in damp elements, moisture, and bacteria. Kids and pets will also have some occasional surprises in store, some you won’t even see or notice but will eventually smell.
The usual suspects are sweat, spills, liquids, toys, hair, occasional pet wastes, and other icky elements. It may become smelly and even slightly moldy to the touch and cause allergic itching upon skin contact. Some fabric coverings may be too rough or are not hypoallergenic.
You may choose to replace the covers with a fresh new layer of sofa textiles that are less rough or replace them with pleather or synthetic leather-style covers to repel most types of elements. They are also much easier to clean and maintain compared to other materials.
Replace, Repair, or Refurbish
One of your choices is to reupholster the sofa to give it new life and a new form. Consider the expense first if it’s too high, as it may be more practical to buy a new one.
Some sofas may not need repairing or replacing. Maybe they no longer fit your current layout or complement the color scheme of the room. Is it in the wrong spot? Does it match the existing design of your space?
Maybe you can put it elsewhere where it may have better use. You can turn it into a renovated custom RV furniture, for instance. Before you dispose of it, check if you can redesign the sofa to match the look of your home best.
Sofas are some of the most trusty home furniture you have. Over time they would need repairs or overhauls, especially their upholstery. You may change their layers, repair them, or remodel them into custom sofas for different uses that exceed your home needs.
We at Active RV Upholstery repair, renovate, and restore couches for all kinds of applications. Yes, we also do RV sofas. Call us today for professional sofa repair and renovation for home and motorhome upholstery in Arizona, USA!