How To Refill Leather Sofa Cushions? Complete Guide

You can learn how to refill leather sofa cushions in only three steps. The process is as simple as opening them, replacing or restuffing the material inside, and closing the cushions. We will also discuss the best filler or stuffing to help you enjoy your leather sofa cushions for longer. 

Speaking of which, do you even know the best foam to use for sofa cushions? It’s crucial to get the suitable material for your needs and requirements, so familiarizing yourself with different foam types can keep you and your leather couch happy. 

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How Do You Refill Leather Couch Cushions?


Step 1. Open up the cushions

  • Remove the cushions from the leather sofa
  • Open the leather casing of each cushion, typically by unzipping the hidden zipper underneath
  • You may need to move the flap of material that covers the zipper to access it better
  • If the cushions don’t use zippers, use a seam ripper and open each cushion 
  • Be careful in ripping the seam so you won’t damage the cushion casing
  • Repeat on all sofa cushions that need refilling or replacement
  • Some sofa cushions may use a separate lining inside, and you only need to take this out to access the stuffing

Step 2. Restuff or replace the cushions with your chosen material 

  • Determine the filler that the leather couch cushions use
  • If it uses a loose filling, refill each cushion with your preferred stuffing such as polyester or down and feather until you restore its form 
  • You can replace all the stuffing or add more materials, depending on the quality of the existing filler
  • If the sofa cushions use a single foam core, you will need to pull it out and replace it with a new one
  • Measure the foam and use the size for cutting the replacement material like polyurethane
  • A flattened foam stuffing will be tricky to restore its integrity, but some homeowners also take out the foam and cover it with batting
  • After putting in the replacement foam, consider if you will need to add some loose stuffing over it to achieve the plumpness you want for the sofa cushions

Step 3. Close the cushions and put them back in place

  • Continue restuffing the cushions while ensuring that the filling is equally distributed
  • Push the fillers deeply to the corners and check if there are no empty spaces
  • Zip back the cushions close or sew the opening you made in the seams
  • You will need a particular thread and needle for leather to poke through the material easily
  • Secure the opening shut and put the cushions back onto the leather couch
  • Plump the cushions by giving them a few presses, and you’re done

How Do You Fix A Sagging Leather Couch With Attached Cushions?

One way to fix a sagging sofa is to reinforce the frame, but those with attached cushions can also use new or more stuffing to restore the structure. 

  1. Remove the fixed cushions with small but strong scissors according to how they are fastened in place
  2. Lift one side to see the stitching that connects it in place and cut carefully
  3. Some attached cushions should also be easily refillable without the need for you to cut them out 
  4. Access the hidden zipper and work as you would with the cushions removed
  5. After replacing or refilling the stuffing of the leather sofa cushions, attach them back in place using the proper upholstery thread and needle in the spot where you cut them free

How Do You Plump Up A Leather Couch?

You can plump up a leather couch by restuffing the cushions or replacing the foam. For the former, you can add more stuffing or replace all the loose materials. Check the existing material of your leather sofa and find it in the craft store if you want the same one.

Otherwise, you can also use polyester or feather and down to plump up the leather sofa cushions. If your sofa cushions use a block of foam, you can still add loose filling at the top and then cover the foam itself with batting. But if the foam has lost its structure, opt for high resiliency foam with the best density for foam cushions that is 1.8 or higher.


How Can I Make My Leather Couch Cushions Firmer?

You can learn how to make sofa cushions firmer by modifying the filler and frame. The cushions for the leather sofa must be firm to support and distribute weight evenly and help it last longer. After all, the underlying material will also dictate the overall structure even if leather sofas last long

Opt for firm materials to stuff the cushions, including adding a firm foam underneath the loose fillers. You can also remove the cushions and place plywood on the frame before putting them back in place. The improved base will help firm up the seat and prevent sagging. 



If you notice a loss of support and discomfort when lounging on the leather couch, it’s time to check the cushions. We have discussed how to refill leather sofa cushions, and it’s as easy as removing them and opening the zipper. Replace or add more loose stuffing such as polyester and then close them back up. 

If your cushions use foam, you can cover it in batting or replace it altogether with high resiliency foam. Overall, the process of firming and fixing sagging leather sofa cushions is easy. We hope this article helped you, so please feel free to read our other leather sofa guides as well. 

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