When Is It Time to Replace Your Sofa?

Posted by on October 11, 2019 .

Think about your home. The place that you live. The one that you go back to every single day.  

Now think about your living room. That’s probably where you spend most of your time. Relaxing, unwinding after a long day.  

Think about the furniture in that living room. Your sofa is probably the central focus of that room. It’s usually the first piece of furniture you see when you walk in - unless you have a particularly vibrant coffee table.   

One could even argue your sofa is the most important piece of furniture in the room. That’s why it’s so important to have a good one.  

That being said – once you have found the perfect sofa for your home, keep in mind that it won’t last forever.

Depending on the quality of the materials and the frequency of usage, the lifespan of a sofa can be anywhere between 7 and 15 years. With such a huge disparity to think about, how can you know when it’s time to replace the one you already have?   

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Worry not. We’ve got you covered! Read on to find out the 4 signs it’s time to replace your sofa.  

 #1: It Doesn’t Suit the Space You’re In 

Maybe you recently moved to a smaller place, and the sofa you used to have is now just a little too big for your living room. If it feels like the living room is suffocating your sofa – it could be time to replace it.  

Or maybe the sofa was the first thing you bought when you moved in, and since then you’ve filled your living room with other decorations and flourishes and your sofa just doesn’t fit in anymore. If coming home to a mismatched living room is causing you more anxiety than relaxation, it might be time for a new sofa.  

Pro-Tip: To avoid this problem in the future – try choosing a more neutral coloured sofa with a timeless design that can fit into almost any living space, like for example our Pavel Crushed Velvet Fabric sofas.  

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#2: Your Sofa is Telling You It’s Time to Move On 

Remember all those old horror movies where the blissfully ignorant family who just moved into the creepy house down the street that nobody wanted kept insisting that the creaks and groans that you heard around the house simply added ‘character’? And then it turned out they were actually super haunted and the house was definitely trying to eat them alive? 

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If your sofa is creaking and groaning every time you sit down on it – it's not character. Your sofa may not necessarily be haunted, but those creaks and groans are your sofa’s way of telling you that it’s time for a replacement.  

Those noises from your sofa are usually indicative of structural damage – meaning that your sofa is getting ready to collapse – probably while you’re sitting on it.  

Now I know what you may be thinking. Why don’t I just get it fixed?  

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but paying to repair your sofa can cost almost as much as buying a new sofa - sometimes it may cost even more! Not to mention that it can be a thankless task. By the time you’ve replaced the frame, you’ll probably also need to redo the upholstery, and then refill the cushions, as well as repair any mechanisms...and at that point, you may as well have just bought yourself a brand-new sofa! 

Unless the sofa is highly valuable, some kind of family heirloom, or has significant sentimental value to you, structural damage is usually a strong indicator that it's time to let it go.  

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#3: Things are starting to fall flat 

And by things – we mean the cushions.  

Arguably the most important part of your sofa, if your cushions are no longer, well, cushy, then it may be time to invest in a new sofa.  

"But can’t I just refill/replace my cushions?" 

Theoretically, yes! Depending on the type of cushion your sofa is made with – refilling could very well be an option. If your cushions are stuffed with feathers, this would be a very viable option. But what with PETA on everyone’s backs these days, and awareness for animal cruelty at its peak, feather cushions are beginning to go out of style, and the majority of sofa cushions today are instead made with foam.  

The lower end, cheaper sofa cushions are often stuffed with a low-density foam, because it’s the least expensive for manufacturers to buy in bulk. The major downside of this foam is that it more often than not will collapse a lot quicker.  

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And don’t think that just because a sofa is firmer, it means that the foam density is higher. Low-density and softness in a foam are not mutually exclusive, and many manufacturers may often end up using a harder low-density foam to fool you into thinking that it’s going to last longer.  

Apart from concerns about the foam – a big element that needs to be taken into consideration is the internal support structure of the cushion. If it’s supported by webbing, you’re in for a bad time. 

Webbing is the cheapest method and involves weaving 2–3" semi-elastic bands across a frame – and it’s only real upside is that it doesn’t squeak, like springs will if they get misaligned.  

When you seek out a new sofa – you want to look for a spring support system and a high-density foam cushioning. A couple of great examples we could give you is our Basilica Water Repellent 3-Seater L-Shaped Sofa – which features pocketed spring cushions and high-density foam. Or, if you prefer having multiple sofas in your home, we’d recommend our Donatello 2+3 Seater Fabric Sofa Set – also featuring pocketed spring seats and high density foam.  

P.S.A: If these two sofas aren’t really for you – rest assured that all of Lavino’s sofa cushions are made with a high-density PU foam that will keep things from falling flat for as long as possible.  

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#4 Odor or Deteriorating Fabric  

Have you started to pick up on a musty, mildewy smell in your living room that just doesn’t seem to go away no matter how much you clean? Like, you’ve run across every inch of that living room with every kind of cleaning agent you can think of, but there’s still a smell.  

Bad news – it could be your sofa.  

Certain fabrics can trap odors over time, and if your living room doesn’t get a lot of air circulating through it, this will ultimately result in a musty smell that won’t go away no matter how much air freshener you use.

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Unless your sofa has removable cushions that can be washed, it may be time to get rid of the old and usher in the new.  

Additionally, if your fabric is starting to rip, itch, or scratch, and you’ve also accumulated a number of unsightly stains on your sofa – the result of numerous accidents with plates of food, glasses of red wine, or cups of coffee - it may be time to say goodbye.  

P.S.A: Our sofas all feature anti-dustmite and anti-fungal fabric, which helps reduce odor trapping. Not to mention – we have a whole line of water repellent fabric sofas that can help keep your sofas stain free for longer.  

So, when you go home today, have a serious sit-down on your sofa. Think about whether or not it really is time to say goodbye, and if it is, then start looking around.  

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We personally recommend checking out our Lazada page for the best discounts and deals on our sofas – plus there are constant sales campaigns happening (such as our upcoming major 11.11 sales! Now only a month away!) Follow us on Lazada for even more discounts and deals – and to keep up to date on our latest promotions and campaigns! 

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Last update: August 24, 2020

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