How to get Rid of an Old Sofa

Get Rid of an Old Sofa

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!

Decorating Tips – How to Match Décor to your Sofa (and vice versa)

Match Décor to your Sofa

The mission

Embarking on a redecorating project can seem an impossible feat at the best of times. The task is complicated even further when there’s a bold or statement piece of furniture which you want to keep so needs to be worked around.

Bold sofa patterns and prints have always been popular but often in a room the paintwork needs re-doing before the sofa needs replacing. Similarly, you may have recently redecorated to find your sofa no longer matches and therefore needs recovering. Finding a fresh colour scheme or new fabric for replacement loose covers that work perfectly can prove tricky.

Interior design is a hugely personal thing. While it is difficult to advise on personal taste – whether it is new walls you need to work around your sofa, or a new sofa you need to find to match your statement walls – these are our top tips and techniques for making it all fit.

First Step – Gather Inspiration

Make a conscious effort to keep an eye out for pleasing colour combinations and textures which match your sofa or compliment your décor. This could be anything from a beautiful flower bed full of colour to monochrome swatches.

While you are going about your day to day activities, notice what colour or texture combinations regularly catch your eye and take photographs. Even aesthetically pleasing advertisements can be a source of inspiration – take advantage of the skills of professional designers wherever you can.

Save Instagram posts, bookmark websites, upload the photographs you’ve taken and use tools like Pinterest or Evernote to create a mood board which you can refer to when deciding upon your final colours.

Clashing is the New Matching

Contrary to popular belief it is possible to mix and match patterns without looking chaotic. Throw together patterns blocks of colour, pieces from different eras, designs, fabrics and hues you love by following a few basic rules. When mixing patterns make sure colours are all within the same colour palette. You can layer patterns by keeping neutral colours and spaces between them and having a base colour scheme running throughout.

When going extra on the patterns, it’s sometimes better to tone down colour to achieve a calmer effect. By mixing and matching styles and prints, you’ll create a really engaging space.

If you’re nervous when it comes to mixing patterns, try this simple strategy: choose one shade and try 3-4 different patterns all in that shade.

This rule also work the opposite way round. You can also clash or mix and match colours by using the same pattern to tie them all in. If you want to bring several bold colours together into the same space, using a pattern containing them all or similar shades is a great way to do this.

Use Shades to Blend

Think in colour families and weave together two or more shades. Working within a distinct colour palette helps rooms to feel cohesive. If your sofa cover has a bold pattern, pick your desired colour from the pattern and use that colour family to decorate the rest of the room.

Layer Textures

Create depth by combining different textures. Layer mattes with shine, softs with hard, colours with neutrals, weaves with plains… you get the jist.

Use Neutrals to break up Bold Colours

Also known as monotone mixing. If you have bold patterns or colours in your sofa covers or throughout the décor of your room, use neutral colours to break it up and tone it down. Neutrals can tip the balance of a room loaded with colour and pattern from looking clash-y and frantic to classy and stylised.

Accessories Save the Day

Accessories are the perfect way to tie together key features in a room. Use a throw, scatter cushions or even curtains to tie in shades from your colour palette to link statement pieces.

Whether they blend in or stand out, scatter cushions should always compliment the sofa or chair they will be laid on. Either look for something similar in colour to the sofa or look for something totally different as a contrasting piece.

If the sofa furniture has a bold pattern already, a solid set of scatter cushions can be a great way to tone and soften it. Just remember patterns should always enhance the colour palette in the room.

Balance

Most importantly, always keep balance in mind and trust your eye. As long as the room looks balanced you can’t go wrong.

Inspired and fancy changing your Multiyork loose sofa covers? We’ve got some beautiful fabrics to choose from. Contact us for your free samples today!

How to eco clean your sofa – tip, tricks and hacks.

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Eco friendly guide to cleaning your sofa

When investing in a key piece of household furniture such as the sofa, naturally, we want to prolong the life as long as possible.

As you’re here, we’re guessing your sofa is beginning to look a bit sorry for itself. The good news is you may not have to replace your sofa covers just yet (well good for you, not for us). Here are some eco-friendly sofa cleaning tips, tricks and hacks for you to try over the bank holiday weekend that might just revive your sofa for another year.

First things first…

Take a look at your sofa cushion labels to determine the recommended cleaning method for your sofa. We would never recommend swaying from manufacturer instructions however eco-friendly alternatives are available for most chemical cleaners.

W – means you can wash the sofa with water
X – you can only use a vacuum cleaner
SW – you can use water or dry cleaner if you prefer
S – the sofa can only be cleaned with dry cleaner

The vacuum is your friend

Before even attempting to clean marks and stains out of the fabric, HOOVER. Before beginning your sofa deep clean, remove any crumbs or large particles using the vacuum. Use the long thin attachment to get right up (or down) into the crevices and if your cushions are removable, take them off and hoover the base too.

Pet fur

If you have a pet, or know anyone with a pet you have surely noticed their fur sticks to EVERYTHING. Your sofa is no exception. The hoover is not always powerful enough to get it all up so use sticky tape or a lint roller to remove that stubborn stuck fur.

Caked in dirt or dust

Fear not, that patch of melted chocolate can be gone! Before attempting to remove grub with a solution, brush it with a hard bristled brush to flake off the cake. Rub vigorously to break up the patch and then hoover up the debris.

Hard surfaces

If your sofa has any hard surfaces, for example wooden feet or arm details, these will also need cleaning. Mix a weak eco-friendly detergent or soap solution and wet a microfiber cloth, ring it out until the cloth is just damp, wipe the surface and dry immediately.

Baking soda

Sprinkle baking soda on your sofa, leave it to sit for an hour or two and then hoover up it up. Baking soda absorbs odours to get your sofa smelling fresh once again.

For particularly pungent smells or further odour elimination try getting an empty spray bottle and filling it with ¼ of a cup of baking soda, 10 drops of your favourite essential oil and topping it off with water. Shake well until the baking soda has dissolved and then spritz all over your sofa. Viola! A cost-effective, eco-friendly alternative to Febreze.

Spot marks and stains

Get another empty spray bottle and mix ¼ cup of white vinegar, ¾ cup of warm water and ½ tablespoon of an eco-friendly dish soap. Spray the solution directly onto marks or stains and scrub with a non-dyed microfiber cloth or sponge in a circular motion. Repeat until the stains are gone. Rinse cloth with warm water and use to remove any excess solution. Allow to dry and air.

Heads up – white vinegar has quite a strong smell so give it plenty of time to air. You may want to give it another spritz with your homemade fabric refresher (above) after.

So there you have it, something for you to try over the bank holiday weekend.

Didn’t work? Maybe it’s time to replace your sofa covers after all, contact My Sofa Covers for your quote and free fabric samples.

Worked? Great! Remember us for when the time comes… Let us know how you get on!

 

NB: Use at your own risk. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions, never use product on a water clean only sofa, never use liquid on a dry clean only sofa.