I found this smart and simple design project on The Ugly Duckling House and had to share. When there isn’t room for a side table, or you want something even closer or more minimalist than an additional piece of furniture, the perfect fix is all in a slab of wood. Cut, glue, paint or finish (if so desired), and you’re done! I also think this is a great idea for covering up worn sofa arms.
On the fashion side of things, patches are all over the place and tend to yield a heftier price tag even though they are very easy to do yourself. There are ready made patches you can iron on or just cut out some fabric in a shape, use fabric glue or sew on and you’re done.