Fix It—Even If It's Cheap

Fix It—Even If It's Cheap

Amber Byfield
Jul 19, 2010

When we moved a couple of months ago, our Ikea Lillberg sofa took a beating. The frame broke in the back, and although we'd paid not a whole lot for the sofa a few years ago, we made the obvious green decision to fix it.

A couple of folks pointed out its inexpensive origins and wondered why we'd spend the time and resources to fix it, rather than replace it. But that would, of course, defeat the point of treading lightly on the planet, wouldn't it?

Using about $8 worth of supplies, the sofa was reinforced and made better than ever—and given probably another good half-decade-long life, at least! While we'd like to eventually replace it, we're glad we decided to fix one of our Ikea collection, despite its inexpensive beginnings.

What's the cheapest thing you've spent money (and time) fixing? And were you glad you did?

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