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Are you bored with your old sofa? Do you find your coffee table just a little monotonous? If you are thinking of getting rid of your sofa or coffee table and buying a new one – stop!

Instead of rushing, take your time, look around for inspiration and ideas and give your creativity free reign and you can change the look of your furniture (and consequently the space it resides in) without denting your budget.

You can give your sofas and couches a new lease on life with some minor chopping or by changing the frame and foam. Tweaking the structure and upholstery will result in a brand new sofa at less than half the cost of a new one. Ask your upholsterer for suggestions and if all else fails, have your existing sofa ‘tufted’ – a look that is currently very much in fashion.

As far as wooden furniture is concerned, don’t have it re-polished, be innovative and think out of the box. Distressed polish finishes are the rage these days, so if the polish on your coffee table or bureau has aged gracefully, consider leaving it as is; instead, change the environment it lives in. Alternatively, try an edgy colour such as yellow or turquoise in a chalky or distressed finish for a rustic chic look.

Consider adding new textures and elements to your wooden pieces. Marble, mirrored, stained glass or leather tops for the coffee table; mirror-front drawers for your side tables, or leather and tack-studded consoles. You can also try inlaying painted ceramic tiles on to a table.

The possibilities are endless, so be creative and revamp your furniture without breaking the bank.

– Attiya Noon
The writer runs F&S Furniture, Lahore.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on March 11, 2012