How to Add Stuffing to Furniture

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How to Add Stuffing to Furniture
Add stuffing to beanbag chairs to make them comfortable again. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Over time, stuffed furniture can become densely compacted and less comfortable than it used to be. Furniture stuffed with polystyrene beads or fluffy natural or synthetic fibres are particularly susceptible to deflation with use. This is because the air slowly is pressed out, pushing the stuffing fibres closer together. However, many cushion covers feature zippers that may be opened to add stuffing to obtain the firmness you desire.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Additional stuffing material of the type contained in your furniture
  • Large funnel or stiff paper if using polystyrene bead stuffing

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  1. 1

    Carefully open the furniture cover to determine what kind of stuffing is inside.

  2. 2

    Purchase additional stuffing in the material you need from a home decorating store or a shop specialising in furniture stuffing.

  3. 3

    Add stuffing to one cushion of your furniture item until you achieve the firmness you desire. Alternatively, add stuffing to a beanbag chair or other one-cushioned items until the item is fully stuffed. Use a large funnel or piece of rolled-up firm paper to ease addition of polystyrene beads, which can otherwise be slippery and difficult to manage. Add fluffy, fibrous stuffing by hand, ensuring an even distribution throughout the cushion.

  4. 4

    Repeat, adding stuffing to the remaining cushions, until all cushions are uniform-looking and equally dense.

  5. 5

    Close the cushions. Evaluate whether additional stuffing is needed and add it if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • If there is no zipper, Velcro or other easy-to-open mechanism on your furniture cover, use scissors or a seam ripper to open along a hidden seam. Only attempt this if you have the sewing skills to close the seam again once you have added the stuffing.
  • Foam supply stores often sell additional kinds of furniture stuffing or can tell you where to find these materials.
  • Polystyrene beads can spill when a beanbag or other cushion is opened carelessly. They are static-prone and slippery, making them challenging to clean up. To avoid a mess, open cushions in a large cardboard box or big garbage bag where spilt beads can collect.

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