If you like to get your money's worth, you may keep household goods and furniture until you absolutely must replace them. Your sofa may be one of these items. Fortunately, you can cover up a sofa if you don't like the color or pattern with a sofa cover, helping to extend the life of an otherwise functional piece. But there are other issues that won't disappear. Here are a few signs that your couch is at the end of its lifespan and it is time to invest in a new one.
The Sofa Eats You
A couch should be comfortable, yet still be supportive. If you sit down in your sofa and you sink in so far it feels like the couch is swallowing you whole, your couch is well outside of its usable lifespan. While there are ways to increase the support in your couch if you need to, such as placing plywood and egg crates under the cushions or re-stuffing your existing cushions, it rarely makes sense to do so unless money is tight and you have to extend the life of your sofa, or its an heirloom piece that you want to hang on to. When your couch starts to lose its support, it may be time to think about buying a new one.
It Cracks and Creaks When You Sit On It
When your couch is nearing the end of its lifespan, it may actually try to tell you about it. When you sit down, you may hear it crack or creak. If you sit down on the sofa and pray the leg does not break or you don't break the couch in half due to the cracking sounds, you should head out to a furniture store and begin the search for a new sofa. It is better to part ways with the couch now before you part the couch in ways it shouldn't be parted by hanging on to it too long.
You Wonder What the Funky Smell Is When You Sit Down
The last sign that indicates your time with your existing couch is drawing to an end is a couch that flat out smells funky. You may sit on your couch after working out, spill a drink or two on the couch, or spill crumbs on your couch. This is all normal. And having your couch cleaned can help to remove some of the stains and smells behind left by these activities. However, as you sit on the couch, you also lose skin cells. Your couch becomes filled skin cells and dust mites, the same way a mattress does with repeated use. Unfortunately, it can be hard to remove smells from your couch when you have these items lurking inside to retain the smell. If you have tried cleaning the couch and the smell still lingers, it is time to move on.
If your couch has lost its support, makes strange sounds when you sit in it, or smells funky, head to your favorite furniture store, such a Kettle River, and begin the search for a new couch that is comfortable, won't crack or creak and still has that new sofa smell to it.