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Sprucing up my sweet secondhand sofa

We just bought an awesome leather sofa for a good price on Craigslist. The leather is beautiful and we found out when we went to look at it that it contains down-wrapped spring-core cushions... which the internet tells me is basically the best thing to have inside sofa cushions. Except - a few of the springs are poking up funny. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on May 10, 2014 - 3 answers

How can my we get a good quality couch, faster? [Vancouver filter]

My roommate and I are looking for a decent (ie. higher quality than Ikea) loveseat (around 6 feet long) to fit in our small, currently very sparsely furnished apartment. However, all of the furniture stores that we've checked out say that delivery will take 6 weeks at the very least. Are there any stores in the Vancouver area that would be able to do this faster? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Mar 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Funtiturefilter: Is this tear in the fabric of my couch repairable?

The couch has an seamless integrated seat, not cushions. Pictures (including bonus sleepy elderly cat!) inside. [more inside]
posted by jokeefe on Feb 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me dismantle my couch.

How big is the hex wrench needed to remove the legs from a Natuzzi sofa? [more inside]
posted by bethnull on Dec 23, 2013 - 13 answers

Help identify this sofa

Came across this sofa and loveseat at a consignment shop last week and wondering if it's worth ~$1000 that the owner is asking for them. Pic 1 Pic 2 [more inside]
posted by eatcake on Oct 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Sofa, not so good

I need new sofa cushions. Help! [more inside]
posted by dudekiller on Sep 15, 2013 - 2 answers

How to buy a couch?

I need to buy a couch, and for it to be comfy, decent-looking, relatively inexpensive, and bedbug free. I have an idea of the dimensions that my place can accomodate, but almost nothing else. Right now, I don't even know, what I don't know. How do?! [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Jun 19, 2013 - 20 answers

PC gaming from the sofa

So, I have a laptop with an HDMI port, a big ass HDTV, a Steam account and a comfy sofa and would like to bring all these things together. What peripherals do people use to do PC gaming on their TV? Some type of console-esque controller? A wireless keyboard and mouse? What do you balance your keyboard on? Trackball mouse? Please enlighten me with describing your setup. Bonus points for avoiding RSI.
posted by fatfrank on May 23, 2013 - 13 answers

I want the Camry of sofas, not a Yugo or a Porsche

Where do you go when you've graduated from IKEA and are ready for decent, but not necessarily heirloom quality furniture? We're just hoping to find some stuff to carry us through the next 8-10 years, or is that unrealistic? How much should we honestly expect to spend? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on May 13, 2013 - 27 answers

The sofa is soiled.

There was poop on the sofa after the party. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2013 - 52 answers

Is Scotchgard worth it, and if not, how do I keep white sofa clean?

White cotton-upholstered couch -- help me keep it clean. Pros and cons of using Scotchgard or similar product? Health risks for people and pets? Other methods? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jul 24, 2012 - 3 answers

I'm looking to buy a smallish, modern gray couch for my new apartment. Catch: needs to be under $700. Help?

I'm looking to buy a smallish, modern gray couch for my new apartment. Catch: needs to be under $700. Help? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on May 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Give me [a] back [to] my couch!

We have a dream... to rearrange our media room so that the couch is not against the wall. The problem? It's this sofa, and the cushions do fall off after a few minutes of relaxed sitting, despite being weighted. We considered putting a heavy piece of furniture behind it, but that's not ideal as it takes up all the wonderful space we are trying to get back. Can you help us add a back to our couch? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Apr 20, 2012 - 15 answers

Hacking (or just hacking up) my couch, vs. just replacing it already

Can I hack my (Ikea Varnamo) couch? SHOULD I? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Feb 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Is a BoConcept sectional worth the money?

How do you feel about your 2+ year old BoConcept sofa, couch or sectional? Was it properly upholstered? Is the leather wearing well? Do the legs stay on? Are you happy with your purchase? [more inside]
posted by Heart_on_Sleeve on Feb 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Can I fix the webbing on my couch?

Can I fix the webbing on my couch? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Feb 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Long term purchase.

What would be the best color for a leather couch (not knowing the future color of walls)? Is there a couch color you have regretted? I'm going to buy this sofa. My plan is to keep it for a long time and through all the different places I will live. This is a couch that I eventually expect will be in my home office (and I think this classic design would be versatile). [more inside]
posted by niccolo on Feb 3, 2012 - 36 answers

Tall Person + Couch = Happiness?

My boyfriend (who is 6'4") and I are buying a couch, and we're looking for one that would provide neck support for his head. My previous question about our cats has led me to believe we'd be best with a microfiber couch, but most tall-backed couches seem to be made of leather. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Dec 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Sofa, so good.

Do I cut the piping off a sofa when making a new cover? Please help me avert a diy-disaster! [more inside]
posted by motsque on Oct 3, 2011 - 4 answers

My kingdom for a couch (that could fit through the entrance)

I just moved into a dream wonderful "garden apartment" in a brownstone. The only downside is that it has an entryway that forces you to make a u-turn to get into the apartment. Normally, not a problem. But we need to buy a couch. A regular sized, real, adult persons not-dormroom style nice couch. And there's no way anybody could possibly maneuver one into here. Is there any places that sell couches that are nice but also can be partially disassembled? Even if just the arms could be taken off it would be great. [more inside]
posted by Threeway Handshake on Jul 14, 2011 - 23 answers

Can you help me find this sofa - or something like it?

A friend of mine is hunting for a sofa similar to this one - which was available at World Market until they pulled it a few months ago. Does anyone know where I can buy either this exact sofa, or something similar (a nice, minimalist, wood-framed three-seater)? [more inside]
posted by The Shiny Thing on Jul 9, 2011 - 3 answers

leather vs. fabric upholstery

Leather versus fabric furniture pros and cons. Is it worth the extra cost to get a couch in leather? This is regarding a Room and Board sofa, so if you have an opinion on R&B in general, feel free to join in. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on May 20, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me clean my couch

We have a two-year old sofa that looks terrible and needs to be cleaned. The upholstery is 100% light-colored polyester that looks like linen. The problem is that any water leaves a very noticeable ring on the fabric. Although we're pretty good about keeping food and drinks off the couch, we have a very drippy-nosed greyhound who has left dozens of little drip marks all over the cushions. Cleaning with water and a wet rag only makes the problem worse. I also tried using Goddard's Dry Cleaning fluid (a solvent), which just left a whitish spot. Any suggestions? Would hiring a professional do the trick?
posted by jrichards on Apr 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Cheshirefield

Pet owners, what kind of sofa should I buy? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Mar 23, 2011 - 26 answers

Bringing a couch in from storage?

We've had a couch in a storage unit for a few years now. We'd like to bring it back into our apartment. What precautions should we take before we bring it? (i.e. concerns about dust, pests, molds.) The couch is fabric (not microfiber to my recollection) and has not been wrapped.
posted by entropicamericana on Sep 21, 2010 - 1 answer

Urban Barn furniture - good quality/bad quality/meh?

Anyone have any experience with Urban Barn furniture, good/bad/otherwise? I'm considering buying a used sofa and chair, but wondering if I should take the money and buy a lesser name new set elsewhere, instead. [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada on Aug 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Ask the Design Hivemind

Does anyone have any experience with or opinions on Room and Board or CB2 as sofa merchants? [more inside]
posted by scrim on Dec 18, 2009 - 18 answers

how can I clean this couch?

My landlord just bought a brand new sofa (this beige model) for my apartment, and I seem to have ruined it already by letting my friend sleep on it for a few days using dark-colored sheets. The area under the head/pillow is now slightly darker than the rest of the sofa; it looks as if it's always slightly wet. The cover can be dry-cleaned but will be expensive; what are the chances of it working? Are there any easier/less expensive alternatives?
posted by helios on Oct 11, 2009 - 5 answers

When shallow is good.

Need a shallow, regular-length sofa. Depth doesn't seem to be a very search-friendly dimension. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Sep 9, 2009 - 9 answers

Is there such a thing as a urine-resistant sofa?

Is there such a thing as a good looking, comfortable, urine-resistant sofa? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2009 - 19 answers

Why are sofas dumped beside the road always missing the cushions?

Why are sofas dumped beside the road always missing the cushions? [more inside]
posted by Zaire on Apr 20, 2009 - 18 answers

How can I train my dog to stay off the sofa?

How can I train my dog to stay off the sofa? [more inside]
posted by ijoshua on Jan 10, 2009 - 19 answers

cleaning mildew off microsuede?

After 4 months in storage, my red microsuede couch is now a gray velvet couch. Can I clean mildew from microsuede? How? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Nov 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Hacking the corporate sofa.

Is there any real way of making a firm foam corporate style sofa more comfortable? [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Aug 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Looking for a good place to buy a new, reasonably-priced couch in NYC.

Looking for a good place to buy a new, reasonably-priced couch in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jul 1, 2008 - 12 answers

I want my couch back.

I can't get my couch upstairs. Help! [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jun 2, 2008 - 21 answers

NYC upholsterers, pimp my yard sale sofa!

Help me find a good upholsterer in NYC, preferably Brooklyn [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 on Apr 1, 2008 - 1 answer

Help us find a couch with a tall back and good head support

Sofas for tall people in NYC [more inside]
posted by lorrer on Jul 25, 2007 - 5 answers

Where can I find an accordion chair?

Where can I buy the chair featured in this video?
posted by Human Flesh on Feb 26, 2007 - 7 answers

Yes I went to a furniture showroom, no the salesperson didn't offer help. Twice.

Is a microfiber sofa with a 'W' actually washable? Will I need to wash it? [more inside]
posted by sLevi on Oct 31, 2006 - 5 answers

Qualities of a good sofa?

What makes for a comfortable, long-lasting sofa, and where can I get hold of one (in the UK)? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Aug 25, 2006 - 4 answers

sofa scam or good deal?

If you search for sofas or sofa sets on Seattle's Craigslist, you see a lot of new sofas--many leather--being sold "out of the box," "original packaging," etc. for well below retail. Though the sellers are different, often the pictures are similar, like a scan out of a brochure. Anyone have any experience with this, or know what the deal is?
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Aug 15, 2006 - 4 answers

couchfilter

Where should I look for a nice couch? [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Jun 5, 2005 - 17 answers

I need to clean my couch

One of our couches was peed on at a party last night. A lot. [more inside]
posted by tweak on Jun 4, 2005 - 31 answers

What are some alternatives to futons?

Futon mattress alternatives? I have a lovely futon frame with a nasty lumpy old futon mattress. I'd like to get rid of the mattress and keep the frame, using it with my air mattress for overnight guests. Does anyone make sofa-type cushions that I could put on the frame to make it more of a couch? Could I make them myself? (+) [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Jan 22, 2005 - 13 answers

Any advice for how to shop for a decent couch/sofa?

Any advice for how to shop for a decent couch/sofa?
I know how much space I have for it (~7 feet), and that I want to be able to lie my 6 feet of body down on it to watch tv in comfort. What else does one look for?
posted by cardboard on Aug 6, 2004 - 12 answers

Dying Over My Couch

My couch is depressing me. Someone who shall go unnamed (but his initials begin with "mr. taz") convinced me that we should buy a white couch - with predictable results. It's upholstered in a lightweight canvas type material, and I would like to do something (on the cheap) to change the color. I'm almost tempted to just take it outside with a big bucket of dye and paintbrush (and/or roller), but a) I know nothing about dying, and b) I'm sure that there are serious issues about the dye "setting" so that it doesn't rub off on clothes. (more particulars inside). [more inside]
posted by taz on Apr 25, 2004 - 12 answers

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