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to wonder is there a way to disguise this sofa???

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onlyoranges Wed 04-Nov-15 13:53:22

My MIL has kindly given us their old sofas as she has had new ones. As she is in her late 70s our tastes are slightly different. How am I going to reinvent it?? I have looked into re-covering but that seems the same price as buying a new one! I am sure there are many of you with a creative flair that can help? Please!! It is actually amazingly comfortable just very unattractive! Roses are best in the garden not on furniture!!

pookamoo Wed 04-Nov-15 13:54:26

A couple of large throws? although a bit annoying to have to straighten them all the time

CheesyNachos Wed 04-Nov-15 13:55:49

A pic would certainly help us help you. I am a big believer in throws and cushions though...... We have an old sofa from my ILs that is very flower-y. I used throws for years until it inexplicably grew on me...... it's pale green and pink cabbage roses..... quite fashionable now.

SaucyJack Wed 04-Nov-15 14:02:30


goodnightdarthvader1 Wed 04-Nov-15 14:04:19

Sofa cover?

SnozBuriedUnderThePatio Wed 04-Nov-15 14:06:14

We had a pair of hideous sofas and I covered them in huge plain throws tucked into the gaps so they didn't move too much and then covered in cushions. Throws are probably the cheapest solution.

CheesyNachos Wed 04-Nov-15 14:06:48

also you can easily remove throws before you MIL visits.

ConfusedInBath Wed 04-Nov-15 14:15:12

Let's have a look.

onlyoranges Wed 04-Nov-15 14:36:07

At the risk of sounding like a total idiot I am not sure how I would get a picture on here!!?

Has anyone spotted any suitable throws? The ones I have seen are quite expensive. Any suggestions of shops? We live in a very rural location so shops are few. I will have to chance on line shopping but won't really know what they feel like then.

CheesyNachos Wed 04-Nov-15 14:44:32

I am a big fan of amazon online- have had some lovely duvet covers there.

Dunelm mill does lovely throws also.

SistersOfPercy Wed 04-Nov-15 14:48:54

Ikea throws are cheap and wash wonderfully.

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Wed 04-Nov-15 14:54:11

You can buy ready made cheap covers, there are only so many designs.

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Wed 04-Nov-15 14:54:54

Cocolepew Wed 04-Nov-15 15:02:04

bought a chair cover from here and was very impressed

BillBrysonsBeard Wed 04-Nov-15 15:14:32

I was given a garish red couch OP, really comfy 3 seater but garish red. Couldn't afford to buy another so bought 3 of these throws.. It is transformed! Looks luxurious and feels cosy. smile

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 04-Nov-15 15:28:08

I made new cushion covers and antimacassars for ours but fabric is expensive.

hellsbellsmelons Wed 04-Nov-15 15:30:15

Throws and loads of cushions is the way to go.

reni2 Wed 04-Nov-15 15:34:50

I'd just proudly display the hideous sofa, throws are too much faff, unless nobody ever sits on it. I would just end up with a hideous sofa with a throw rolled into a ball on it otherwise.

bookbook Wed 04-Nov-15 15:40:19

we bought throws from these people - there is an 'everything white' and coloured designs. Really pleased with them smile

BillBrysonsBeard Wed 04-Nov-15 16:11:58

We live on our sofa grin If you huy them big enough they won't need re-adjusting all the time.

BillBrysonsBeard Wed 04-Nov-15 16:12:07


lushaliciousbob Wed 04-Nov-15 16:48:09

We bought a hideous sofa second hand, super super comfy but colour and design was awful! Couldn't afford anything expensive. Got given a HUGE white throw which just about covers it all and some lovely cushions to our taste. It looks amazing new!

Runningupthathill82 Wed 04-Nov-15 16:52:56

Huge throws. We have MIL's 1980s floral sofa, but you wouldn't know it...

blueteapot Wed 04-Nov-15 17:56:20

Throws, cushions, buy cover, or if you were handy with a sewing machine you could knock up a cover?

At least you wont need to panic about it, we eventually gave in and bought a new sofa but im forever shooing the kids away from it with food / drinks lol

daisychain01 Wed 04-Nov-15 18:13:36

As well as throws, you could also add lots of colour coordinated cushions.

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