How To Fix Sofa Springs? The Easiest 2-Step Guide

If you don’t know how to fix sofa springs, you can try these two steps! You read that right; it only takes two steps to repair your couch springs. 

This article will discuss everything you need to know about these essential parts of the sofa. After all, damaged springs can cause the couch to sag. It might also be helpful for you to give this article on how to take apart a sofa a quick read to understand the furniture’s parts much better. 

How To Fix Sofa Springs


How To Fix Sofa Springs For Beginners


Step 1. Open up your sofa to reveal the springs

  • Turn your sofa over to help you access its bottom part
  • Remove the fabric cover of the frame accordingly 
  • You may need to remove the sofa legs to make it easier to unstaple the sofa fabric underneath or undo the loops that attach it to the couch bottom
  • Take your time in removing the attachments to avoid damaging the materials
  • Flip the sofa upright to work on the inside of its frame and see the springs

Step 2. Determine the issues with the springs and solve accordingly

  • The most common problem to repair with sofa springs are loose attachments
  • If the springs themselves are broken, and you can’t bend them back to shape, it should be easy to find the similar couch springs in your furniture store
  • Check the way they are installed on your sofa and replace the broken parts
  • Once done, flip the couch again and reattach the upholstery with a staple gun
  • Return the sofa legs and regularly inspect your couch for any springs that might pop out or if the seat has developed squeaking

Types Of Couch Springs

You must know the type of furniture spring that your sofa uses so that you can fix them properly. In general, a couch can use either coil springs or zigzag springs. How can you differentiate them?


  • Coiled springs

Coiled springs or serpentine springs look like a bunch of twisted springs, from the name itself. A sofa can have plenty of coiled springs both on the frame and cushions. They are also usually wrapped in cotton and are recommended by experts if you want a long-lasting sofa. 


  • Zigzag springs

Zigzag springs or sinuous springs are excellent if the sofa is not very deep. They also cost less than coiled springs at the expense of having a shorter lifespan. Zigzag springs use steel wire that can rust quicker, and they are usually the type of spring that you see pushing out of the sofa. 


How To Tighten Zigzag Sofa Springs

If you notice sagging on the couch, but the zigzag springs are not broken, you may need to reattach them onto their spring clips. However, this can be tricky to do because the springs are not that stretchable. Instead, tighten the zigzag sofa springs by stabilizing them to each other with zip ties. 

You can also replace the spring clips that you can easily buy online. Install each clip with screws accordingly so that each spring can reach its designated clip. And finally, install the bottom screws to secure the zigzag couch springs in place. 


How To Fix Coil Springs In Couch

You can fix coil sofa springs by tying them in place with twine. However, the type of tying will vary for every kind of furniture. Those with removable cushions should be linked to form flat tops, while those with fixed cushions must be connected to form round tops. 

Two-way tie and four-way tie are the popular methods to support coiled springs with ties. You should also be familiar with overhand knotting and clove spring knotting to re-tie coil springs in the sofa successfully. Check the book by Fred W. Zimmerman called Upholstering Methods for the step-by-step procedures. 


Can You Fix A Stretched Spring?

It’s possible to repair a stretched spring such as the spring ones found in sofas because they are elastic. However, even if they are designed to return to their original shape, compressing and stretching springs too much can still deform them. When that happens, you can’t reverse the material back to its shape, and it’s better to replace the springs on your sofa. 


How Do I Know If My Couch Springs Are Bad?

It’s time to repair or replace your couch springs if you notice a loss of support and stability when you sit on the sofa. The springs should be firm, and there should be no wiggling when pressure is applied to the seating area. You can also feel for the springs by running your hands along the couch to notice loose connections or broken pieces. 


How Do I Get My Couch Springs To Stop Squeaking?

A telltale sign that your couch springs are damaged and need a check-up is when they are squeaking. The noise will only be eliminated once you reattach the springs, bend them back to shape, or replace any broken part. Some sofas that use zigzag springs should also be lubricated with silicone on their clips to avoid squeaking. 



One solution to a sagging sofa is ensuring that the couch springs are not loose or broken. To recap this guide on how to fix sofa springs, you have to remove the upholstery at the bottom to reveal the interior of your furniture. From there, you can check for connections that require tightening, broken clips, or stretched springs. 

Understand the types of sofa springs so that you can diagnose and fix your sofa correctly. You can also read this guide on how to make sofa cushions firmer if the couch is still uncomfortable.