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Why are replacement loose sofa covers so expensive???? Where can I get cheaper ones????

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BoffinMum Sat 21-Mar-09 03:20:34

We have two ten-year old John Lewis sofas that are in perfect nick, apart from the loose covers are now threadbare, so I wanted to get some replacements. I have mended them several times, but now they are really giving up the ghost. The covers are the kind you can put in the washing machine.

I got a local firm in to quote, and also spoke to John Lewis, and all these people quoted four figure prices for replacement covers well in excess of what the two entire sofas had cost in the first place, and probably equivalent to what it would cost to buy two brand new sofas now.

I am loath to put two perfectly good pieces of furniture into landfill, so I want to get them recovered. But if I can't afford to shell out ££££ how do I go about this? There must be a way of getting covers done cheaper or nobody would be able to afford to buy sofas at all. BTW just putting a rug over the top of them won't work for us as the kids are over them all the time and I would spend my entire life replacing the rug.

MaJiPe Thu 16-Nov-17 10:19:53

Trenni, your comment made me sad. Does that mean that for the sake of "british craftsmanship" poor people cannot afford to have a sofa? Not all of us have the means to pay 2000 for sofa COVERS, especially when said sofa cost less than 600 and was purchased with financial effort. Truth to be said, my mother never spent FOUR years studying to learn how to make a giant cushion cover (are you kidding me?) but she also doesn't charge that ridiculous amount of money for one (unfortunately she's not in the UK). I supposed if you invested so much time to get a degree you'd have to try to justify it somehow. But some niche/expensive craftmanships do become naturally outdated anyway and slowly disappear/appeal only to a smaller section of society. People should not be shamed for not being able to afford something. I have a cheap ikea sofa with removable/washable covers and it has been with me for years. The sofa that needs new cushions WILL be taken to the garbage disposal as I can't afford them. Even if unintentionally, your comment reeks of privilege and middle class snobbery.

katie301 Thu 31-Dec-15 09:11:20

I am looking for new covers or making my own. How did you who made your own get on?
Any pics?
Any recommendations of where to get fabric?

hollydolly64 Sun 13-Sep-15 18:00:37

We stayed somewhere in France that had sofas with loose drop over covers, with a concealed zip up the back. They were looser than properly made custom fitted covers, but stayed on better than a throw, and you just tucked the extra fabric down the back and side of the seats, if you see what I mean. They were made from what looked like heavy linen sheets. I can't find them anywhere in the UK and am far too fumble-fingered to make any, but I wish I could find them as I definitely can't afford to recover our various hand me down chairs and sofas which are all different colours in the same room.
The only elasticated ones I have seen are just gopping.

HallyWell Wed 04-Mar-15 07:09:03

Finally confirmed my custom slipcover from comfort works the other day from Comfort Works

This isafter quite a few emails back and forth to confirm measurements on my sofa though, now it's gonna be a 3 weeks wait until they get delivered!

Reeseair Thu 26-Feb-15 10:34:16

@HallyWell I didn't manage to use them because we've gotten another armchair from the in laws.

I stalked them just moments ago and it seems that they do other covers as well, but I'm not too sure, best to ask them directly, no harm dropping an email or 2 right? smile

HallyWell Fri 06-Feb-15 06:45:01

@Reeseair, i also found these guys and learned that they're specialised in IKEA sofa cover, but haven't seen much of the non-ikea covers, been scouring mumsnet also for more feedback but no luck so far. Have you tried using their service, if so, how're they?

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Reeseair Tue 23-Dec-14 10:21:34

Have any of you tried a company called ComfortWorks? I believe they're based in Australia. I found them when I was looking for covers for one of my IKEA armchairs a few years back, but I'm not too sure if they do other sofa models as well.

HappydaysArehere Fri 13-Jun-14 20:33:05

Oh! Forgot to add. Plumbs measure properly and then fit them for you.

HappydaysArehere Fri 13-Jun-14 20:31:18

Had Plumb's covers for our still good Multi York suite. I was fed up with paying out for dry cleaning and wanted washable ones. As said above Multi York was unbelievably expensive and their washable ones looked thin and drab. Plumbs have been great. To look at the fabric you would think it had to be dry cleaned but on a 30 degree wash it came out like new and needed no pressing. It all depends on the state of the settee to be covered and whether it is worth it. When our kids were small we bought cheap and promised ourselves better when they were older and hopefully we were better off. Well the kids are grown up...........

gamamac Thu 12-Jun-14 12:31:21

Hi, message for kom123, how was your covers from I would really appreciate your advice as I am thinking of buying from them?

potpig Sun 25-May-14 07:59:57

We used a company ( ) which allow you to use your own fabric. They have materials, but we had been given a big roll, which I was glad to find a use for, and was saved this cost. It was pre-washed by the company, so the cover still closes at the back after several much needed washes. We have dogs and 3yr old twins, so being able to wash it is a real help.xx

alliscalm Sat 12-Apr-14 12:59:16

La Redoute do replacement covers...the only trouble is that they are on the French website only. About £80 to £120 euros for a large sofa and in loads of colours. I got a friend who has a house in France to order them and have them delivered there...I wasn't in a hurry. Not sure if you can ring up the English site and see if they will do a special order.

Mammamia80 Fri 11-Apr-14 12:09:12

I got an IKEA Ektorp 3-seat sofa approx 5 years ago. after 3 years i had to change my covers. I got the IKEA ones once more. In the meantime I changed my interior and they simply didn't match anymore. I started wondering if i should change them once again having in mind that they tend not to last too long.... So last year I got some covers from a online store I must tell you that they are of much better quality and i don't mind paying a bit more than in IKEA. Try asking them for a cover for your sofa as they offer to make covers for models which are also not in their offer. Kim.

kom123 Wed 12-Feb-14 18:31:24

Great thread - I've been scouring the net for decently priced sofa covers - that don't come all the way from the US!! Found this site eventually: I've put in an order and will post how I get on when the covers arrive.

Mimishimi Mon 27-Jan-14 03:57:53

We're really happy with our Ikea Ektorp couch after facing similar problems with our last ones. Sewing fitted covers would be a lot of work - I can see how a seamstress would charge £900 for that. Sewing loose covers that tuck in should be a lot easier (and cheaper) though! Recovering the Ikea couch is not cheap but certainly not the price of a new sofa. Plus it really is the most comfortable couch we've ever had.

vintagesewingmachine Thu 23-Jan-14 18:10:59

*could NOT justify etc

vintagesewingmachine Thu 23-Jan-14 18:10:06

We had a fabulous M+S sofa and chairs from the early 90's. It was blue and white striped ticking and structurally sound but threadbare. The quotes for new covers were so ridiculous that our beloved furniture had to go to the tip as we just could justify the expense of new covers versus the comparatively low price of new furniture. We bought from M+S again as the quality is so good and still miles cheaper than new loose covers.

LadyMud Wed 22-Jan-14 10:20:54

Just saying "hi" in case the lady I met in Aberkhan yesterday finds this thread. We're both making loose covers for sofa-beds. My fabric cost £2 per metre!!! [smug face]

Lullabyte Sat 18-Jan-14 19:41:22

Hmmmmmm. Another one trying to sort out new covers for a perfectly good bloody expensive Habitat sofa.

betterwhen - I went to and they've got the exact model that I need a replacement cover for, but I couldn't find any information on their covers. Is there a secret location on their website that I was too tipsy confused to find?

Belltree Mon 30-Dec-13 10:29:42

Just found this thread while searching for replacement covers. Ours have been decimated by cats and really need replacing, but I had no idea it was such a minefield! Has anyone actually found a decent solution for less than the cost of a new sofa? It doesn't look like it...

SootikinAndSweep Sun 24-Nov-13 18:18:29

Just got a quote for new covers for a Sofa Workshop sofa, nearly £600!!!

betterwhenthesunshines Wed 16-Oct-13 09:26:21

Briant I have a 2 seat sofa that I'd like to have recovered at some point - I'd rather have it close covered than loose covered so it retains its shape. Can you PM me your details?

We have had loose covers from Lifestyle Covers in the past. If you look online they get a lot of dodgy reviews, but they came to the house, made a template and although it took a while the loose covers are great and made the sofa looks like new ( new seat cushions as the old feather ones were a mess).

Alos want to recommend who supply covers for IKEA sofas in a much wider range of fabrics. They are not as cheap as the IKEA covers but they fit really well and if you buy the IKEA sofa uncovered it's much cheaper to start with. It makes the sofa look not so obviously IKEA!

BriantCurtaining Tue 15-Oct-13 11:06:45

I have read all the messages in here, I am in the industry and even I had to question how much we charge for loose covers, having just spent the past hour working out how much time it takes to manufacture a set of covers for a two seater sofa, I was astounded to see that it would be nearly 30 hours worth of work. OK, this particular sofa requires a lot of detail, it has loose cushions, piping etc... however, when you add that you need 22 meters of fabric as well, you see the figures rocket to nearly £1500, I was shocked.
As I said, I am in the industry so this was surprising for me, I know that if I was to reupholster the sofa instead, it would be a lot cheaper, but the client wants removable covers, so this is what she will get.
Sadly it is the age old saying, "you get what you pay for", I am sure that there are companies that will do this for half the job, in fact i have witnessed it when clients come in crying because they are so bad, therefore you do "Get what you pay for".
Personally, I would never have loose covers, I would always have a recover instead, but if you do want a set of covers, then let me know, i would be happy to take your money whilst providing you with a stunning set of covers.

Designs4today Tue 08-Oct-13 12:36:22

Hi, I'm cambridge based and create all sorts of soft furnishings and upholstery. Very interesting reading this thread and your thoughts on the skill required to make loose covers, properly made they will make a sofa look as though it has been upholstered, they are harder to make than you think. If you don't want to spend much money on a loose cover I'd suggest buying enough cheap and washable fabric to make a 'throw' for the sofa, sew on some Velcro strips to the corner areas and attach corresponding Velcro to the underneath of the sofa to keep the 'throw' in place. Cheap and versatile and should stay in place even with bouncing children!

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