DIY reeded sofa

How to give an old sofa a new lease of life with reeded wood detailing and new cushions


DIY reeded sofa painted green

I completed this project in 2020 and debated whether or not to write about it as I wasn’t sure there would be a big demand for people wanting to do it in their own house and I also wanted to make sure it all stayed intact as would hate to share a step by step only to find bits of wood started pinging off every time someone sat down! However, I’ve recently received a few messages from people requesting more details & it’s been well and truly tested with my children jumping all over it, so here it is… my, nothing if not controversial, reeded sofa!

The why…

Old tatty grey sofa
See what I mean! It was originally a corner sofa but I'd chopped the corner off!

Firstly, please note the sofa in question was very old and very tatty & cost under £300 to start with - many years ago. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this for an expensive or well-made sofa - if you have one of these then I’d probably sell it on the secondary market and let someone else enjoy it. No one would’ve enjoyed this old sofa and I hate the idea of adding to the serious landfill issues that we already have so looked for ways to fall in love with it or at the very least extend its life by a year or two.


Secondly, this sofa is not a living room, snuggle in front of the TV type sofa. It’s located in our back room which doesn’t have a TV, looks out onto the garden and has a wall of bi-folds (think indoor/outdoor vibes) which means (*well I think it means) you can get away with garden/conservatory-style furniture.


So, now I’ve crowbarred in all the reasons why you shouldn’t troll me for this project (I’m mentally scarred after a brief foray onto Reddit where some people (not all) revel in anonymously posting the most offensive comments they can think of…ouch!) let’s jump into the ‘how’…

What you’ll need *Contains affiliate links


An old sofa or chair that is beyond repair