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Looking to re cover our sofa, where to go???

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awol1980 Wed 10-Apr-13 14:29:45


I would greatly appreciate any advise from anyone out there please!!
I need to re cover our sofa but have had plumbs round for a quote today and the quoted nearly £1300!
I have a large L shaped sofa that needs new covers, any ideas for anywhere cheaper? Plumbs did say they could supply the material if I could get someone else to make the covers. The material would cost approx £300.
Thank you

snowgal Wed 10-Apr-13 14:38:40

Watching with interest as we have a sofa which is dire need of a makeover! One of my friends has offered to help me reupholster it but it seems like such a huge undertaking. Interested that plumbs say they supply the fabric.

partystress Wed 10-Apr-13 19:17:06

We got a quote from Plumbs for 2 sofas and it was jaw dropping. They took nearly a third off, but it was really for loose covers, not proper upholstering. In the end we found a small, local company who had a better choice of fabrics and did a fab proper reupholstering job (including new cushion pads) for about 80% of Plumbs loose covers quote.

herhonesty Thu 11-Apr-13 03:17:39

Look up a local upholsterer in your yellow pages. Rarely a cheap option however, I had an armchair done for near £500. Upholstery fabric usually starts at around £30. You canhowever get good bargains on ebay. Don't buy from plumbs, you'll be paying extra for their markup.

SallyBear Fri 12-Apr-13 05:35:26

Sometimes it's just cheaper to just junk the sofa and buy a new one. The cost of reupholstery can be extortionate. But if you're happy with loose covers and can measure the sofa carefully and accurately then Plumbs have a sister company. I used them for an armchair. It was ok, but the fit under the chair arms (mine are fat and round looking) could have been better.

bodiddly Fri 12-Apr-13 09:06:42

Whereabouts are you? If you are anywhere near London I know someone.

awol1980 Mon 15-Apr-13 21:23:12

Thank you! Going to look again but for a local company I think

I'm in Portsmouth, southsea.

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