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I'm looking for a new sofa ..... please help

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SwedesandTurnips Thu 20-Aug-09 21:37:43

For our family room. A three seater with wow factor. I don't want one of those beige chenille ones, nor leather. I want something stunning and comfortable. Perhaps a bright velvet?

Anyone seen any nice ones?

pofacedandproud Thu 20-Aug-09 23:16:32

they had some lovely jewel colour velvet sofas last time I was in Habitat. But can't see them on the website.

brimfull Thu 20-Aug-09 23:21:10

I know it's ikea but the stockholm one in red is gorgeous

Megglevache Thu 20-Aug-09 23:23:20

I have an amazing purple velvet jobby.

Try wonderful IMO.

I was the same as you and said "NO!" when my husband wanted a leather one like everybody has. It'll be the nasty flock wallpaper of the seventies all over again in a few years!


Carrotfly Thu 20-Aug-09 23:23:46

I'm a bit twitchy about sofas atm, having orderd one, paid for it and was a fortnight off delivery when ....

... furniture company went into receivership.

For goodness sake make sure you pay on credit card as if it all goes wrong you'll get your money back. Pheww !

Jasper Conran did a lovely red velvet love seat that I fell in love with a couple of years ago. Didnt suit our room though.

Megglevache Thu 20-Aug-09 23:24:03

Pofaced they are the mAXIMO ones. Lovely but so very ££££££

noddyholder Thu 20-Aug-09 23:26:44

Graham and greene have a lovely velvet sofa called slouch I think.It s lovely in the navy

Pannacotta Thu 20-Aug-09 23:43:06

I have my eye on this sofa, think it looks very chic

pofacedandproud Fri 21-Aug-09 00:23:15

I was coveting the amethyst velvet one Megglevache. Looked so comfy. All I'd have to do is take a small second mortgage...

SwedesandTurnips Fri 21-Aug-09 07:56:13

Ooooh thank you all.

I was in John Lewis last night and saw this swoonworthy sofa (ignore the rather pompous and fussy cushions as the lines of the sofa are really simple and lovely. But it's ££££

Has anyone had a sofa reupholstered? If yes, how much did it cost including fabric?

ssd Fri 21-Aug-09 07:59:46

good question

thesouthsbelle Fri 21-Aug-09 08:12:43

sweeds, my uncle is an upholsterer, and he's more expensive than your run of the mill argos type things. but by looking at your last post he'd prob work out cheaper for you. an important thing is to have a good quality frame thou I believe. A lot of them thou will do free estimate for you.

(he's done mum & dads btw and it's come out lovely, they've had the same frame for approx 15 years and have had it recovered once)

SwedesandTurnips Fri 21-Aug-09 08:16:20

thesouthsbelle - Oh that's interesting. Where in the UK is your uncle?

thesouthsbelle Fri 21-Aug-09 08:18:42

we're down in portsmouth, if that's of any good? he's in southsea. Hampshire.

noddyholder Fri 21-Aug-09 08:44:41 Y1LmpwZw==

SwedesandTurnips Fri 21-Aug-09 11:33:06

Noddy - I'd have to wear a kaftan to sit on that. grin

DP is 6' 2" so the sofa needs to be reasonably high off the ground otherwise it's hopeless for him.

thesouthsbelle - We are in Herts..... shame not nearer.

I might ring a local upholsterer and ask about redoing the cushions and covering my old sofa as it's a good one, a Wesley Barrell and a v nice shape. Just knackered - understandable as I bought it for my first flat 23 years ago! <gimmer>

pofacedandproud Fri 21-Aug-09 13:13:12

I recently got a quote for a little lumpy edwardian 2 seater we have with legs. Quoted 700 quid plus fabric shock It does need respringing but it is just going to have to stay lumpy and threadbare unfortunately.

pofacedandproud Fri 21-Aug-09 13:14:02

I blame the EU. [just to make it relevant]

noddyholder Fri 21-Aug-09 13:22:29

I worked for 2 master upholsterers years ago and often the cost of fabric plus repairs and recovering was high but the results were stunning as the original furniture was usually top quality.I would look into it and then have a look at Andrew Martin for lush velvets

SwedesandTurnips Fri 21-Aug-09 14:04:10

Faints at 700 quid plus fabric.

I've just found a lovely striped velvet. Apparently I would need 16 metres for the large sofa and at £53.00 per metre that's £901 just for the fabric.

I blame the EU and handing back the Empire.

SwedesandTurnips Fri 21-Aug-09 14:14:05

I've just phoned the upholsterer and it would be £900 for the reupholstering, including replacing the feather seat and back cushions. Plus £900 for the fabric, less if I chose a cheaper fabric.

It is marginally cheaper than buying a Duresta sofa new. And reupholstering feels a nicer way to go...... and greener.

Maybe I'll phone another upholsterer or two and see if I can drive down the price a bit.


noddyholder Fri 21-Aug-09 15:19:36

That sounds about right!Love striped velvet it will be fab.

noddyholder Fri 21-Aug-09 15:21:52

designers Guild do a lovely striped velvet called bellini but prob quite pricey!

SwedesandTurnips Fri 21-Aug-09 16:00:04

I'd really like to have it covered in bright fuschia pink velvet. But DP and 3 sons would probably refuse to sit down. Maybre bright raspberry red would be nice though?

SwedesandTurnips Fri 21-Aug-09 16:01:52

Thanks Noddy, will look at that.

I'd really like bright fuschia pink velvet. But DP and 3 sons would probably refuse to sit down. Maybe bright raspberry would be nice though?

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