Simple Updates to Refresh your Living Space

Whether you love your living space or hate it, even the most content amongst us will require a change occasionally. 

A change doesn’t need to be costly or a lot of work, there are many simple swaps, updates and additions we can make to transform or refresh your living space.

It could be a new trend you’ve spotted online which has taken your fancy, or just a desire for something different. Whatever it is, it doesn’t have to cost the earth and labour. It’s possible to do it right for minimal costs and effort. 

Here we will show you three ways in which you can make minimal adjustments to your space and achieve maximum impact.

1.  Make it Kew-l

Take inspiration from Kew Gardens and other botanical marvels by filling your room with plants, plants and more plants. Adding plants is one of the most effective ways to breathe a new lease of life into a room, literally. 

With plants, the options are endless – tropical plants, flowers, climbing plants, cacti, succulents, hanging plants – each can give your room a totally different look and feel.

Get a bunch of tropical floor plants to provide a rainforest feel. Find a metallic tray or terranium to create a delightful succulent arrangement. If you have shelving, some cleverly placed climbing or hanging plants can completely refresh your space. Or simply just purchasing a few beautiful bunches of flowers and placing them in different spots in your room can change it for the better.

The great thing about plants and flowers is that even just swapping the pots and vases out for different ones, or moving them to a different spot, can provide simple ways to update your room.

If you have pets or small children, be sure to check that the plants you buy are non-toxic!

2.  Reframe it

Most of us have photos, prints or pictures either standing on shelves or hung around the room in our living space. Another simple transformation which can be done is to mix these up. 

There are a few options here as one simple swap is to change the images within the frames, another is to change the actual frames  or alternatively upcycle the frames. 

If you decide to change the images within the frames and your decor is quite neutral, liven it up with some bold imagery and prints. If your decor features a lot of bold colours already, try changing it up with some subtle or geometric patterns.

Of course, many of the images we have up in our homes hold sentimental value and therefore you may not wish to change those which are on display. If this is the case for you, try changing the actual frames themselves. Many home stores sell frames at really reasonable prices, changing a thin wooden frame for a thick black or metallic can offer a totally fresh perspective.

If you’re working to a really small budget, purchase some paint from a DIY store and upcycle the frames you have. The ranges of paint available are so diverse now you can create a completely new look often for under £10. Just make sure the paint you buy is suitable for the material which your frames are made out of.

3. Fancy fabrics!

There is so much you can do with fabrics which can completely refresh your living space. From a basic change such as a new throw to something more drastic like changing your sofa covers; the options truly are vast when it comes to fabric. Another option would be to consider a new set of curtains. Again, changing these feature fixtures can totally refresh your living space.

We’re sure it comes as no surprise that we are suggesting recovering your sofa; but a new set of covers really can transform not only your furniture, but the entire room. We have a huge range of fabrics to choose from, plain to patterned, so whatever style is taking your fancy at the moment we’re certain we would have something to your taste. Get in touch today and we’d be more than happy to send out a selection of free fabric samples.

MY Sofa Covers Top Reasons to Buy Loose Covers

Changing the loose covers on your sofa is one of the simplest ways to give your living space a major update. It’s cost effective, impact-ful and, with MY Sofa Covers, super easy to do. Keep reading for our top reasons!

1)  Cost-effective

We’re all looking for more and more ways to save on costs. Whether you’re looking for ways to be more thrifty, saving up for something in particular or simply looking to cut down on non-essential spending, replacement loose covers offer an excellent wallet friendly solution. While there are cheap or budget sofa suites available on the market, replacing a full suite to the same quality as your existing Multiyork suite can cost upwards of £2000. When that is not within your budget or, it is not that high of a priority, replacement loose covers are the way forward. With loose covers you can revive your sofa at a fraction of the cost (starting from £300) – and many of our customers say it’s as if they have a brand new suite.

2)  Save time and effort on cleaning

Once a sofa suite begins to age, stains and wear and tear are inevitable. This leads to many wasted hours of wishful thinking scrubbing at the stain again and again hoping it will lift this time, or attempting to hoover up the ‘dust’ which we all know is really fade. Eliminate this frustration with a new set of loose covers. The replacement covers are made out of brand new fabric and many are machine washable meaning they are super easy to care for. If (or more likely when) they get dirty simply take them off and stick them in the wash. They will come out looking as good as new (just make sure you follow washing instructions).

3) Revive the room 

Furniture that looks a bit worse for wear can make a room look more dated than it is. By replacing the loose covers on your furniture you can liven up your room in a whole new way.  MY Sofa Covers have a vast selection of fabrics in a variety of prints, textures and styles. With everything from stripes to florals, you’ll be able to find a fabric perfect for you and the desired new look for your lounge.

4) Tie everything together

A furniture suite is typically a focal point of any room. If you’re the kind of person that collects an array of mismatched furniture and accessories, clever fabric selection on replacement sofa covers can allow you to tie the entire room together.

5)  Help protect the Environment

By making the choice to buy replacement loose covers as an alternative to completely replacing your furniture you are helping the environment! Reviving your current suite prevents it from going to landfill and doesn’t buy into the unnecessary production of new furniture.

If we’ve convinced you, send us an enquiry now! If we haven’t quite convinced you, send us an enquiry anyway – our prices just might!

How to get Rid of an Old Sofa

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It is difficult to know what to do with unwanted items of furniture. This can leave you wondering how to get rid of an old sofa. A sofa is a large item which typically can’t go out with your usual household waste. Due to size, a sofa is also difficult to transport to elsewhere. There are also other factors to consider such as the environmental impact, along with financial costs. There are several things to think about when it comes to parting with your old sofa. And there may be more options than you first thought.

Council Collection

It is possible to arrange collection of large items with your local council. The collection must be arranged and confirmed in advance. Then the item must be left out on your allocated bin day and collected with your bins. The cost and conditions for council collection vary from council to council. You can use this link to enter your postcode and find out more about large collections with your council. 

Find a greener way to get rid of your sofa

While a council collection may be a convenient option, it is one of the less green and more costly options. According to the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (RSA), the UK throws away around 672,000 tonnes of furniture annually. Of this waste, the society advises that over half could be re-used. Only 17% of unwanted sofas are re-purposed, with the other 83% going to landfill (read our blog post on why recovering your sofa is better for the environment for more statistics on this). With that in mind, below are some alternative methods to think about first.

Donate your old sofa to Charity

If it  is still in fairly good nick, don’t get rid of your old sofa donate it to charity. Many charities are grateful for furniture donations to stock and sell. There are several charities who accept furniture donations, some of which even assess and collect the items. Some of those which offer collection are the British Heart Foundation, Sue Ryder, YMCA, Debra, Age UK and more. If there is a charity in particular you feel strongly towards and wish to support, it’s always worth contacting your local charity shop directly to organise a drop off or possible collection. There may also be some smaller, independent charities local to your area who would gladly receive donations.

Similarly, many families are in need of furniture items and would be grateful for a second hand one. There are schemes in place which make it possible to pair those in need with second hand furniture items. These include the Furniture Donation Network and the Furniture Re-Use Network. More information on both of these schemes can be found via the links but both are free and offer collection services.

List your Unwanted Sofa on Free and/or Selling Sites

If you think you could profit from your old, sofa you could try listing it on a selling site. Sites such as Gumtree or Ebay are free to list unwanted items.
Alternatively, try the digital version of offering your unwanted sofa to the local community. Instead of leaving it on the pavement with a sign – list it on a community selling or free cycle site. Facebook marketplace is a great tool and most communities have private groups which you can request to join also. Freecycle and Freegle are the most popular sites to offer up free items for collection. You can also offer items for free on Gumtree.

Refurbish your Sofa

We’re almost certain you saw this one coming… If you invested in a quality sofa such as a Multiyork it is highly likely your sofa still has a lot more life left in it. With replacement cushion interiors and a fresh set of sofa covers your old sofa can literally be transformed to be as good as new, for a fraction of the cost of a brand new sofa. Contact us via our quote request form to find out more.

At MySofaCovers we regularly take on refurbishment and up-cycle projects to re-home. If you have a Multiyork sofa or chair which you no longer want and are happy to part ways with, send us an email with details and photos – we may come and collect it to take on as our next project.

LATE SUMMER SALE – 10% OFF

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MY Sofa Covers Late Summer Sale.

Take advantage of our late summer sale and order your replacement sofa covers now. MY Sofa Covers are currently offering a 10% discount on all new Multiyork sofa covers. The offer is available across all fabrics which we supply and is valid on all orders placed between now and 31st October 2019.

If you have been debating getting your sofas recovered for a while but couldn’t quite decide on the right time, it is now! We have a wide range of fabric types to choose from including:
• Patterned
• Plain
• Textured
• Non-allergenic
• Extra durable
• Wipe clean
• UK sourced and manufactured
Our fabric suppliers include Jim Dickens, Art of the Loom and many more. We are pleased to offer a free of charge fabric sample service so please do not hesitate to get in contact should you wish to have samples sent out, or if you require any further information.

Please be aware that we are a small team, and as we are anticipating a lot of interest from this Late Summer Sale lead times may be longer than usual. All orders will be processed on a first come first serve basis.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Pro-longing the Life of Your Sofa

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MY Sofa Covers top tips on how to extend the life of your sofa.

Has your sofa begun to look worse for wear? Are your cushions sagging, and the fabric beginning to look stained and worn? Cosmetic sofa wear and tear his is the case for many homes. While it can be frustrating, many of the symptoms can easily be fixed.

Lifespan

The average, good quality sofa will usually last somewhere between 7 to 15 years. Naturally, at item of furniture which is used so often will begin to show signs of wear and tear before then – particularly a well-loved sofa in a family room. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can replenish your sofa and restore it to its former glory.

Keep reading for MY Sofa Covers expert tips on how to keep your sofa looking as new as the day you bought it.

Stubborn stains

As annoying as accidentally staining your prided sofa, there are ways you can fix it when staining occurs.

Spot cleaning is a highly effective way to remove a stain from the area of fabric. If a stain has not been worked too deeply into the fabric’s fibres, spot cleaning can get rid of the stain. There are plenty of good tutorials on spot cleaning online. Read ours on how to eco clean your sofa here.

Lifeless sofa cushions

Squashed sofa cushions are not as comfortable and can quickly age a sofa. Luckily there are several easy fixes for this problem.

Regularly plumping sofa cushions before they begin to show signs of flatness can hold off the effects of flatness. Get into the habit of plumping sofa cushions once a week, so that cushions stay fluffy and comfortable. If you notice lumps inside your cushion stuffing, we recommend either sending your cushions to a re-upholsterer or purchasing replacement cushion interiors. A re-upholsterer will quickly be able to re-fill fixed sofa cushions without damaging the fabric.

If you have recently purchased a new sofa and are wondering how long the sofa cushions are likely to last, you can typically tell by the amount of money invested in the item. A high quality item of furniture is much more likely to last longer. For example an expensive seat foam is likely to last around ten years, whereas a cheaper seat stuffed with polyester and/or polyurethane foam is likely to start losing fullness after three years or so.

Worn, Faded Fabric

Even the best looked after sofas can suffer wear and tear.

Whilst fading fabric is common, preventative measures can be put in place. Consider positioning your sofa away from windows and natural sunlight. In cases where this isn’t possible, protect your sofa with a removable throw on sunny days.

Worn fabric

Unfortunately fabric has a tendency to wear or fade relatively quickly. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to buy a brand new sofa, more often than not the sofa frames underneath will still remain in next to new condition. Most good quality sofa frames are likely to last at least ten years. So if your sofa’s fabric is beginning to look aged, whether it’s fraying, fading or general wear and tear, you needn’t buy a brand new sofa.

Many people are under the impression that to replace sofa cover fabrics a professional re-upholsterer is required, but this is often not the case. When it comes to Multiyork sofas, MY Sofa Covers are able to identify your model by asking just a few questions and provide a solution to revive your beloved sofa. We offer durable fabrics which last and can continue to save you money and keep your sofa looking great for years to come. Contact us today!

Tailored Sofa Covers – Multiyork Grosvenor High Back Large Sofa

We recently recovered this Multiyork Grosvenor High Back Large Sofa – look at the results!

The project

Our customer requested a quote from us to recover their Multiyork Grosvenor sofa.

For many years it had been kept in the conservatory causing the original fabric to badly fade. The before image doesn’t quite do justice as to how faded it actually was. Because it was in the conservatory, the sofa wasn’t well used.

Our customer asked MY Sofa Covers to recover their sofa as they wanted to re purpose it and move it into their living room. In the living room it could be well used and made to become a focal point within the space.

Logistics

Because this particular customer lived locally and was moving house she requested we collect the sofa from the old house, make and fit the covers at our premises, and then deliver the recovered sofa to her new house. In this instance we were more than happy to accommodate.

The Fabric

Our customer chose to recover their sofa using a gorgeous, robust Art of the Loom fabric. The fabric name is Fellside Angletarn.

Our Services

MY Sofa Covers are able to easily identify your piece of Multiyork furniture and provide replacement covers. Whether it be replacement loose covers or tailored fixed covers we are able to provide incredible replacements in a range of fabrics from budget to premium.

Whatever you decide for your item of furniture, MY Sofa Covers will get it looking brand new once again so you can feel proud of your piece.

Contact us today for your quote.

MY Sofa Covers Receive Funding from the New Anglia Business Growth Programme

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MY Sofa Covers are extremely grateful to have received funding through the New Anglia Small Grant Scheme.

The New Anglia Small Grant Scheme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The scheme has provided MY Sofa Covers with funding for new equipment which has enabled the company to expand our production capacity.

What will it help us do?

The new equipment will provide MY Sofa Covers with the capability to produce more products at any one time and improve our current processes. The new equipment is a major step towards MY Sofa Covers’ longer term goals in expanding further, which in turn will create a number of local jobs.

We would like to thank and acknowledge the help and support received from the New Anglia Small Grants Scheme. Their advice has been fantastic and their contribution will be key to the continued success and growth of our company.

You can do it too

Wanting to grow your business or develop a new product? Or want to improve productivity? New Anglia LEP’s Small Grant Scheme funded by the ERDF could help you too. The scheme offers grants of up to £25,000 to Norfolk and Suffolk’s growing businesses. Under the scheme you can apply for up to 20% of your total project cost. This will provide you with the needed resource to think bigger, or invest elsewhere. Contact the New Anglia Growth Hub on 0300 333 6536 or visit www.newangliagrowthhub.co.uk / www.newanglia.co.uk for more information.

I’m a customer not a business, how does this help me?

Well it means that now, you just may be able to get your loose Multiyork covers even quicker. Contact us today for your quote.

10 Facts about Multiyork that will Convince you to get your Sofa Recovered

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10 Interesting Facts you didn’t know about Multiyork

Every single item was manufactured in the UK

While the vast majority of retailers sourced their product from lower cost economies such as China and Eastern Europe, Multiyork stuck firmly to UK manufacturing.

The company was 40 years old

Initially operating from the Old Mill site in the small village of Suffolk, Mellis, Multiyork was founded in 1978.

Their manufacturing facility was based in Thetford, Norfolk

From 1992 onwards the factory and Head Office were based at Thetford in Norfolk.

Multiyork employed a lot of people

All Multiyork sofas were made at its Thetford factory. Its Thetford factory had alone had 300 members of staff, 60 of which were seamstresses who stitched the upholstery fabrics. In total Multiyork employed nearly 550 cross its 50 stores throughout the United Kingdom.

They even ran an apprenticeship scheme

Multiyork had a sewing apprenticeship school. This was to ensure that the skills held by their seamstresses were passed down through generations to preserve the craft of their employees.

The company made A LOT of sofas

In 2000 Multiyork were producing over 1,000 pieces of furniture a week.

And their sofas last a long time!

On average, people keep their Multiyork sofas for 15 to 20 years.

Multiyork was one of the first furniture retailers to have a website

Multiyork paved the way for online furniture shopping and were amongst the first to launch a website.

Their sofas raised £25,000 for charity

Multiyork raised £25,000 for BBC Children in Need in 2009. They created six limited edition Pudsey sofas which were auctioned off and raised a huge £6250 each.

They won 70% of their business on recommendations alone

Many of Multiyork’s customers went to Multiyork because friends or family recommended them. That is a huge amount of happy customers.

It’s worth it!

It is widely known that Multiyork went into administration at the end of 2017, but their legacy lives on in the high quality pieces of furniture which their worldwide customer base still own.

Many people will now be concerned over where they can, or whether they should, get their Multiyork furniture recovered when it begins to wear. We hope these 10 facts will remind everyone of the high quality of Multiyork furniture, and prove that it is totally worth recovering.

With a team made up of original Multiyork employees, including seamstresses MY Sofa Covers are able to offer a recovering service for Multiyork furniture as if it was Multiyork doing it themselves.

Contact us today for your quick quote!

6 Things to Think about when Buying a New Sofa

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There comes a point in every home where we will begin to think about whether or not our sofa needs replacing. Anyone who has been sofa shopping will know that when the point comes, it can be more than just a little complicated.

There are lots of things to consider when replacing your sofa. Here is MY Sofa Covers’ list of the main points to think about, in hope of making the process a little easier.

Size

Arguably the most important thing to consider when shopping for a new sofa is the size. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a piece of furniture only to find out that when you get it home, it is too large to fit.

Similarly if the sofa is too small for your family it is almost just as useless. Take measurements before you go and measure up the display sofa to ensure it will fit. You could also take a photograph of the space with you to help you visualise the sofa there before making the big purchase.

Style

There is no right or wrong style of sofa for any room. Style is subjective and therefore totally down to personal preference. When considering the style of sofa you would like, think about the colour scheme, whether your décor is modern or classic and what the purpose of your sofa will be. Will it be used for meals, naps and cuddles or more just for decorative purposes?

Type

The way the sofa looks, or style of the sofa, is of course very important but practicality must also be considered. If you have pets or small children a fabric sofa may not stay pretty and pristine for as long as you would hope. It is worth considering whether an easy to clean and maintain leather sofa may be more suitable for your home.

Comfort

For sofas in rooms which don’t see much use, for example the dining room, comfort is not the most important element. But if the sofa will be living in your main family room, comfort is key. Try them all. Make sure your potential new sofa meets the level of comfort you want and need for your home.

Quality

Decide whether you want to replace your furniture every few years or whether you want to invest in a high quality investment piece. With an investment piece you know you will have it for many years to come. You may need to spend a little more on it but it will work out less expensive and better for the environment in the long run. Which bring us to our next and final point…

Do you even need a new sofa?

If you invested in a high quality piece of furniture initially, such as a Multiyork, you may not need a new sofa at all. A sofa well cared for and well built, can over a decade. Perhaps your cushion interiors need replacing to plump up the comfort or perhaps your covers just need replacing. Nine times out of ten, a good quality sofa can be easily revived using a couple of services.

If you think your sofa may just need a little TLC, get in touch today. MY Sofa Covers offer replacement covers and cushion interiors which can bring your sofa back to life. Contact us for your quote today!

How to Revamp your Living Room in 8 Easy Steps – without Redecorating!

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My Sofa Covers’ top Tips on how to Revamp your Living Room without Re-decorating!

Get your Sofas Recovered!

We’re sure you saw this coming… But really, sofa recovering is a fantastic way to quickly transform your living space. Out with the old and in with the new, replace your plain old sofa covers with a print or something with a bit more of an edge. Get rid of drab, worn stained covers and exchange them with a beautiful vibrant fabric, we’ve got loads to choose from!

Looking for a Quicker Fix? Use a Throw

If you’re looking to revamp your space in closer to 24 hours then a throw is a great quick fix. Throws come in many wonderful shapes, prints, colours and sizes. Buy a couple, throw them over your sofa and voilà, a quick effortless transformation. Bonus – throws will also hide the marks and stains on your sofa covers that seem impossible to get out (you could always try our eco cleaning tips here for removing marks and stains).

Scatter Cushions

Not everyone is a throw person, if this is the case for you, purchase a few statement scatter cushions instead. Cleverly placed scatter cushions can still hide marks and stains and a bold, contrasting fabric can add a little pop to a dull looking room. Did you know we make custom scatter cushions at My Sofa Covers? Contact us for some fabric samples and your quote today.

Add a Rug

Perhaps it’s the carpet that is the problem. If your floor or carpet looks marked and a little dull, give it some more life with a beautiful rug. You can go patterned or plain, textured or woven, the choice is yours!

Change your Lighting Features

Take a look at your lighting. Do you have any lamps? Putting a tall floor lamp with a gorgeous lamp shade in the corner of a room can instantly make a room cosier at night. Looking for a more industrial look? Exchange your bog standard light fitting, bulb and shade for a rope fitting and giant Edison style bulb to instantly ramp up the style.

Change your Curtains

If you’re happy with the way your sofa and soft furnishings look and it’s more the surrounding space that is the problem, try changing up your curtains. Swap out your to-the-sill curtains with some luxurious floor curtains, or change the fabric to something more eye-catching. We make curtains here too, so get in touch to see our vast range of fabrics.

Hang a Large Mirror

It’s amazing how much a mirror can change the ambience of a room. Mirrors can make a room look much larger than they actually are. If you can find a large one with a fabulous frame the addition of a mirror can make a room look much grander too.

Create a Feature Gallery Wall

Always liked the idea of a feature wall but don’t like the permanency of a wallpaper? Buy loads of frames from charity shops, Amazon, or your favourite local frame shop in different sizes. Fill them with photos and your favourite prints and hang them in a cluster covering the wall you want to make the feature. It’s cost-effective, easy to change and doesn’t require picking up a paintbrush or hanging wallpaper.

Finally, Bring the Outside in

Turn your front room into a garden room and fill it with beautiful plants. Plants can quickly make a room fresher, brighter and more pleasant to be in. Just make sure that if you have small children or pets you check the plants are non-toxic!

Tried any of these? Post the pictures on our Facebook wall and let us know how you got on!