Re-Fluff Sofa and Loveseat Arms?

November 6, 2018

The arms of my faux leather sofas have become flat and hard. Can anyone suggest how to refill with stuffing or something?




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November 6, 20181 found this helpful

I tried this back in the 1980s and it was a big fat mess because the leather was hard get the stitches apart (so I could open up a seam to stuff), then when I did, it was almost impossible to sew back and get it evened out (I was using a long curved needle especially for leather also and it was a nightmare).

I was using plain fiber stuffing (leftover from a doll craft project)--which clumped up so it clearly was not the thing to use.

If the couch is something you want to last for a long time, you may want to consider having it professionally repaired, but a shop that specializes in upholstery. They will make sure the leather doesn't get torn, gets sewed back right and the fluffy is even. They can also condition the leather for you (which you could probably do yourself with saddle soap if that would help freshen the piece).


I am all about DIY, but for me, this was a DIY flop.

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November 6, 20181 found this helpful

You will have to get an upholstery needle and thread that will stand up to leather. You also have to be very careful because if you make a mistake the needle marks will show. You can try to rip out a small enough section so that you can stuff some foam in.

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August 6, 2007

Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on how I can "re-fluff" the sofa and love seat arms? There is no way to remove the micro-fiber upholstery. Thanks!

Stephanie from Ft. Worth, TX


August 8, 20070 found this helpful

You can beat it with something like a broomstick. Or you can also cut a small slit where it doesnt show in the crack in the back or under the cushion and stuff new stuffing up and around to the flattened area.


You can also take a needle, poke it thru in various areas and try to pull up on the existing stuffing to fluff it. Ive used all 3 methods on different pillows and furniture.

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February 16, 20160 found this helpful

Thank You! I was getting very frustrated!!!!! I like the small slit and stuff idea!

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