67 Furniture “Before and Afters” That’ll Totally Inspire You

I love a good before-and-after, don't you? There's so much satisfaction in taking a sad roadside find or cheap garage sale rescue and totally transforming it into something new and different. We've rounded up some of our favorite furniture makeovers to inspire you to either start that upholstery project, get out the spray paint, or hit up this weekend's local yard sale scene. From dressers to dining tables, here are some of our favorite furniture makeovers.            Continue Reading

Roundup: 20 Extremely Affordable Sofas With Style

20 Extremely Affordable Sofas With Style

Saving for a sofa? The good news is you don’t have to tap into your savings too deep to get a quality sofa with great style. Here are 20 affordable sofas that don’t skimp on style.  


20 couches that won't break the bank!

1. Eddy Sofa in Deco Weave Feathered Gray

This is modern sofa with unique legs. There are four colors to choose from at the affordable price of $799.  The base price choices are the light gray above, medium gray in velvet, indigo in linen, and an orange-red in twill.  Continue Reading

Before and After: Dated Thrift Store Find to Modern Seating

created at: 09/17/2012

I never get tired of upholstery projects, and I hope you feel the same way because I have a doozy of a slipcover/upholstery makeover for you today. When you click through, you’ll see that the finished project is much more minimal and modern than what you see in the photo above. It honestly looks like a brand new couch.   


created at: 09/17/2012

When I saw this makeover on Rock Paper Scissor Graphics, I think I made an audible squeal. Continue Reading

Ask Curbly: TVs, Clawfoot Tubs, Cheap Organizing and Weird Beds

created at: 10/08/2010

If you’ve never checked out our Ask a Question forum, now’s the time to start. It’s a perfect place to ask for help with home improvement and decor questions, and you can help others out by offering your own expert (or amateur) advice.

I thought I’d highlight some of the more interesting recent questions from the forum today (please add your answers or suggestions if you have any):

xox_nicole: How can I make a clawfoot tub into a couch?

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How to Sew a Couch

Teen couch from JoAnn @ www.joann.com

Sew a couch?! Yup. A cushion couch that is. A fraction of the cost of your average ‘real’ couch but much more interesting. Not only can you make it one-of-a-kind, you can rearrange the cushions to create different looks. To make one like in the picture, you’ll need the following, times 2.


For one 4″ thick cushion:

  • 22″ X 22″X 4″ foam cushion
  • 1-1/3 yd 45″ home dec fabric
  • 2/3 yd contrasting print for side bands
  • 1/2 Yd contrasting solid for cording
  • 5 1/3 Yd 3/4″ cording

For one 8″ thick cushion:

  • Two 22″ X 22″ X 4″ foam cushion
  • 1-1/3 yd 45″ home dec fabric
  • 1-1/8 yd contrasting print for side bands
  • 1/2 yd contrasting solid for cording
  • 5 1/3 Yd 3/4″ cording

For both sizes:

  • 8 Buttons
  • Heavy duty thread
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Directions (1/2″ seam allowances)


I’d probably opt to wrap the cushions in batting to ease the foam’s hard edge. Continue Reading

The World’s Ugliest Couch!

We have a winner! The World Wide Ugly Couch Contest winner ’08 has been announced, and she’s a ‘beauty.

created on: 01/17/09

Head over to check the (almost) equally delightful runners up.

this point I should really admit that I OWN an Ugly Couch. Oh sure, the
monstrosity is hidden under custom slipcovers, but a gold cabbage rose
print lurks beneath. Hideous yes, but the couch’s bones, classic shape
and rock-solid construction were far too good to pass up. Continue Reading

DIY ModUpholstery: Mock Tufting

created on: 09/06/08 

 The problem at hand was those annoying, yet luxurious, down-filled back cushions.  Everytime anyone would get up from the loveseat, the back cushions were smashed down, seams all askew.  My compulsive self had to walk over, re-fluff, straighten and then I could move on.

Don’t the best solutions just come to you in the simplest of ideas??

My first thought was to make some covered buttons and pull those through the cushions to give a modern, symmetric button tufting look.  Continue Reading

Easy-To-Make Floor Cushions From Old Sofa Pillows.

The Associated Content circuit has published this useful how-to to make floor pillows from old couch cushions, perfect for on-the-floor dining, video games, or to seat a roomful of
little ones. The design is a variation on the envelope pillow, which
allows the cushions to be removed and the covers washed, or switched
out. The instructions include measurement and pattern making tips, as
well as pinning, cutting, and sewing suggestions. The photos need some
work (and there needs to be a lot more!), Continue Reading

The Q-Couch

Although it has nothing to do with James Bond, the possibilities of this snap-apart couch by FEEK just might be Q-worthy. Basically, the couch parts are sold in sections of two which you snap together to queue up seating of any length. Made of polymer, the Q-Couch is 100% waterproof and extremely light weight. A set of two will cost you about 100€ or about 138 U.S. I just have one question. Why not have interior and exterior corner pieces too to make it curvy? Continue Reading