Bring New Life to your Old Multiyork with MY Sofa Covers – Easily and Completely Remotely!


Remote service for replacement Multiyork covers.

At MY Sofa Covers we have spent years perfecting our craft. Rather than offering replacement covers for all brands we wanted to specialise in one thing. That thing we decided on was Multiyork furniture.

Why? Because instead of doing several things to a good standard, we wanted to do one thing to an incredible standard. With the majority of our team already having worked careers producing Multiyork furniture and covers, our choice was obvious.

From designing in the product development team all the way through to working in the sales team (including machining in the upholstery department), throughout their careers our team gained years of experience developing, making, repairing and selling Multiyork furniture.

There is no other business who knows the Multiyork product as well as we do and there is no other service offering covers to match the exact patterns of your originals completely remotely.

Yep, our remote replicas mean we are a completely remote replacement cover service!

What does being a remote cover service mean?

When looking for replacement covers for your Multiyork furniture you may be confronted with one of these few options:
1. Stretch Covers –

This is a ‘one size fits all’ solution. This is basically an elasticated piece of material which is simply stretched over your furniture and tucked into the crevices to give it the illusion of fitting.

Stretch covers can come in super handy as temporary or short term solutions for messy visitors, or protecting the sofas from pets; but they typically look cheap, have limited pattern or colour options and have a synthetic feel to touch.

2. Copy Covers –

This is a tailored solution and if done well can sometimes result in a close match to your original covers.

The catch being that suppliers who offer a copy cover service will physically need your covers in order to copy them. This involves completely removing your entire cover set from your sofa (cushions and body), sending them to the supplier and being sofa cover-less until they have unpicked, copied and returned your covers.

It’s worth noting that the covers will not be resewn so, if for any reason you dislike your new covers, or there is a problem with them, you will find yourself coverless for quite some time. If you wanted to keep your old set as a spare, they will no longer be usable as they will have been unpicked to make the patterns for your new covers.

3. Typical Made to Measure –

This is another tailored solution which usually involves an upholsterer or trained sales rep visiting your house in order to take the measurements required for your replacement covers. Often you will find the replacement covers aren’t as close to your originals as zips, seams and piping can sometimes be in slightly different placements to your originals.

What MY Sofa Covers offer
4. Remote Replicas –

While our remote replicas are also a made to measure solution we are able to offer exact replicas (depending on fabric availability) to your originals without needing to visit, your existing covers or even any measurements! Unlike the three options above we offer completely tailored, identical replacement covers with minimal disruption to and little effort from you.

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Remote service and high expertise

Thanks to our Multiyork expertise we are able to produce replacement covers via our remote service which are identical to your originals with just a few simple photographs. Once we have used these photographs to identify your furniture we can simply make your replacement covers and send them when they’re ready. We’ve helped hundreds of happy customers breathe new life into their old Multiyork furniture. If you want to see what they’re saying, check out our Google reviews here or in the footer of our site.

If you have more questions about our remote service, how we work in general or what we need to identify your furniture check out our FAQ’s page.

What are the most durable fabrics?

We often get asked which of our fabrics are the most hard-wearing and which fabrics are durable. While durability does vary from fabric to fabric there are a few general tips and rules to follow which can help you to identify how durable or hard-wearing a fabric really is.


The Martindale Rub Test


This is the scale which we, and other industry experts use, to gauge how resistant to wear and tear a fabric is. If durability is a key factor in your fabric hunt, take a look at the rub count on each of your selections.

What is the Martindal Rub Test?


It is an internationally recognised abrasion test which is used as a measurement of fabric durability.

How does the Martindale Rub Test work?

A Martindale machine is used to hold a piece of fabric taut. Then small oscillating discs apply either a woolen or a wire mesh with pressure against the fabric. The rub test result is the number of times the discs oscillate before the fabric begins to show signs of wear and/or tear. This numerical value is used to scale the fabric’s abrasion resistance in order to provide an indication of the fabric’s durability. The higher the number the more durable the fabric. Number ranges are used to recommend types of usage based on the results. For example a low scoring fabric would be recommended for decorative use only and a high scoring fabric would be recommended as suitable for commercial use.


What do the Martindale Rub Test numbers mean?


10,000 or less: Decorative use only

A fabric with this score would be recommended for decorative use only. It is not suitable for domestic upholstery (blinds, curtains etc.). It is not suitable for furniture upholstery but could be used for cushions or accents.


10,000 to 15,000: Light domestic use

This score suggests the fabric is suitable for light domestic use, for example a chair which is used infrequently. Typically the fabric would be dry clean only and made from delicate yarns.

15,000 – 25,000: General domestic use

Fabrics scoring this are suitable for everyday use. It’s perfectly fine for main furniture such as living room sofas and chairs. However, it is not suitable for items of furniture such as a recliner, or any other items which put a high level of stress on the fabric.

25,000 – 30,000: Heavy domestic use

This is a heavy-duty fabric which is suitable for high levels of everyday use and light commercial use. It can also be used for recliners or other furniture items which may put some stress on a fabric.

30,000 or more: Commercial use

A fabric with this score is extremely hard wearing and would be suitable for commercial use and heavy duty furniture.

Are there any other ways to test how durable a fabric is?

We don’t use it, but there is another score commonly used in North America. In case you come across it, it is known as the Wyzenbeck score. It is performed in a very similar way, often referred to as ‘double rubs’, but the scores are not comparable.

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source: http://www.stoneycreekfurnitureblog.com/understanding-fabric/

Other factors to consider when looking at fabric durability

The Martindale Rub Test is a good indicator of how hard wearing a fabric is in terms of abrasive durability. However, it doesn’t test for the fabric’s ability to withstand UV light, it’s resistance to various chemicals, water and stain resistance or how well it could hold up against pet claws. Some fabrics are supplied with a water or stain treatment but it is not standard. Most fabrics can have this as an additional treatment. Unfortunately it’s rather difficult to test how strong a fabric is against pet claws but the weave and pile are certainly factors to consider.  The tighter the weave and the flatter the pile the better.

Should I choose a Natural or Manmade Fabric?

Manufactured fabrics such as polyester, chenille, microfibre, acrylic, viscose tend to be less costly and more durable. However they are typically not as nice to touch or as breathable as natural fabrics. Natural fabrics including wool, cotton, linen and silk are beatiful, often luxurious and generally better for the environment (read some more reasons on why getting replacement covers is better for the environment here). A good way to get the best of both worlds is to consider a blend for example wool/acrylic or cotton/viscose. This is a great way to improve the durability of a natural fabric while still retaining some of the natural qualities.

How to Recycle Old Sofa Covers

It is possible to recycle old sofa covers. As a society we are becoming more eco conscious. Many of us are continually looking for ways to reduce our individual environmental impact. As a result it has become a key factor in both our decision making and consumer habits.

We previously wrote a blog post on the reasons why recovering over replacing your sofa is the eco-friendly choice. It most definitely is the choice which has the least environmental impact, however there is still some wastage involved. We researched the best ways to recycle, re-purpose or reuse your old sofa covers and interiors. Read on so you can see how to reduce this wastage.

Try reusing them first

Firstly if your old covers and/or interiors are still in good condition, consider having them cleaned and storing them in a vacuum bag as a spare set. Alternatively try listing them for free on Freecycle, Facebook Marketplace or other selling sites. Covers for a specific model of Multiyork furniture is rather niche, but there may well be someone looking! Make sure you add all the details on the listing including model, size and cushion sizes. We can help you identify these if you are not sure. It’s possible that a local artist or craft maker would be interested in finding an alternative use for them. This is a great second option if no-one is interested in them as sofa covers.

How to recycle old sofa covers


Check with your local council whether they collect and recycle textiles. If they do, you will be able to put them at the kerbside or arrange a special collection.

Take them to a textiles bank. You can check to find out where your closest one which accepts all types of textiles is here. You may even be able to get a little money for them if you contact your local cash for clothes branch.

Re-purpose them! Get crafty and you’ll find there are loads of creative ideas you can try to make use of the material. Cut from less worn areas to make scatter cushions, use smaller scraps to make hair scrunchies and cut the really worn parts down into rags or cleaning cloths. Here’s a great article with lots of ideas and tutorials for things you could make out of scrap fabrics.  

How to recycle old foam or cushion interiors

Keep some in the loft or in a vacuum bag as packing or moving material, it can come in incredibly handy to secure delicate items. 

Contact local schools and colleges to see if their drama or art departments would be able to make use of it. A lot of stage props are made using foam.

Donate to an animal shelter for bedding. Pet beds can be expensive so a local animal shelter will likely welcome a makeshift bed. If you have your own pet, use the foam to stuff your own.

Shred the foam and use it to stuff scatter cushions, cuddly toys, pet beds, knee pads for gardening, floor cushions and/or a draft excluder. You could even use the fabric from your old sofa covers to cover all of these things too.

? Christmas – we’re closed, re-opening 4th January 2021

Firstly, we’d like to wish anyone who is celebrating a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We know that this year will be very different for many of us, and may be quite different to what you had planned, but we hope you have a wonderful time despite that.

We will be closed from 23rd December 2020 until 4th January 2021. If you require any help regarding an outstanding order, quotation or query over the Christmas break please contact us via sales@mysofacovers.com. We will be monitoring emails for any urgent enquiries therefore email will be the best method of contact. As our team will all be on annual leave over the Christmas period please be prepared for some delay in response during this time.

If you’re looking for some home decor inspiration during this time, check out some of our blog posts. Our latest one is all about creating a tranquil space to escape this winter.

Thank you for your support this year and see you in 2021.

Best wishes,
MY Sofa Covers

P.s. We’re going to be upping our Instagram game in the New Year. Make sure you follow us for some great home styling looks!

Creating a Tranquil Space to Escape this Winter

Creating a Tranquil Space to Escape this Winter

2020 – the year of making our homes a calming and enjoyable place to be. Creating a tranquil space to live and escape from the doom and gloom has been high priority for many homeowners across the UK. 76% to be exact. According to a report conducted on behalf of money.co.uk, this is the percentage of UK homeowners who spent money on home renovations during the first lockdown.

According to the same report, the top reason for homeowners wanting to make these improvements is interesting. It was not to increase property value but rather to make their homes a more comfortable place to be. This reason accounted for a whopping ⅔ of homeowners surveyed.

The report also suggests that the trend for investing in homes won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Almost three quarters (73%) of the homeowners admitted that even as lockdown eases, they will continue to stay home as much as possible.

With that in mind, here are our top tips for creating your safe haven:

Light it up –

For optimum zen flood the room with natural light during the day and light it subtly in the evening. To optimise natural light in your room make sure your curtains and blinds can be fully drawn. Ensure no large items of furniture are obscuring the window or light path. Finally, cleverly place mirrors in positions which reflect and bounce the light around the room.

When choosing lighting, look for warm yellow and gold bulbs rather than white. Also, use lamps rather than the main light. A standing corner lamp with a table lamp in the middle will be perfect in an average sized room. Of course if your room is an odd shape, you may need to consider an additional lamp or two to light up all the nooks and crannies. 

Use fairy lights to create a cute and subtle glow too. They don’t just have to be for Christmas. Fairy lights are becoming more and more popular to decorate a room all year round. 

Clear the clutter –

There is nothing calm about clutter. There is a huge difference between soft furnishings, photographs and ornaments making a room feel lived in and cosy to just straight up clutter. 

For people prone to clutter, use a drawer or an ottoman to stash the items away. This is a great solution until you are able to get around to sorting, filing or clearing them away properly. Creating a tranquil space is about finding the perfect balance between calm and cosy. When you get it right your mind will thank you for it.

Cuddle corners –

You need your seating area to draw you in when you look at it. Whether it’s to put your feet up and watch a movie, rest your eyes for a nap, cuddle a loved one or sink in and read a good book – it needs to be a place you want to be. 

If it’s not, consider changing it. There are many things you can do to make it more desirable without changing the whole suite. You could give it a good clean (we’ve got some great tips for you here), replace the loose covers in a stunning new fabric or simply spruce it up with some soft furnishings – scatter cushions, blankets and throws can work magic on a budget. 

Prioritise your vision for the room –

A living room often needs to be a multi-purpose space. Some people use the space as a stand alone room used exclusively for TV and Netflix, some use the room as a tech free zone purely for reading, some use it is a joint living and dining space, some use it as a social space and some use it as a private space. 

Decide what you want yours to be and what functions it needs to serve. If it needs to serve multi-functions look at how you can divide the room using furniture or screens to create the cosy areas desired. 

If you feel including a social space is compromising your sanctuary, think about using alternative rooms as your social areas. Also consider temporary ‘pop-up’ or ‘pull-out’ solutions to create the social space as and when it’s required. Furnishing the room with storage which doubles up as seating, extendable furniture or investing in a set of comfy stackable seats can offer the extra seating capacity needed for when you have visitors without you having to sacrifice your tranquil alone time.

Interior Design Trends Autumn/Winter 2020

From pumpkin latte colours, timeless neutrals and granny chic styling to the must have accessories. We’ve got you covered on the latest looks for this year’s hibernation season.


Interior Design Trends – Colours

Neighbourly Neutrals

Neutral colours are timeless because they just work. Neutrals provide calm and restfulness in the home while also acting as a base for styling. We love a play on the classic neutral palette by using greys instead of cream and linen shades. Grey neutrals paired with chunky knit throws and rich coloured velvet scatter cushions can create a delightfully inviting texture.

Spice is Nice!

Warm earthy colours not only add depth to a room but they are extremely cosy and comforting. Think oranges, browns and autumnal shades. Including these tones in your colour scheme will ramp up the desire to snuggle on the sofa with a hot drink in seconds.


Interior Design Trends – Patterns and styling


Granny Chic

Granny chic is all about layering. Think patterned wallpaper, full-length curtains and highly patterned rugs. Furniture covers are velvet in bold colours such as violet, coral and teal. Tone it down by breaking up patterns with colour blocks and neutrals.

Teeny Tiny Florals

Delicate floral prints create a cute backdrop without being overpowering. Paired with velvet soft furnishings or clashed against other patterns in a granny chic style, however you do it the results will be stunning. Velvet is a staple this season. Perfect for the colder months, it’s classic, elegant and feels cosy.

Naturally Nature

Being immersed in nature is key for our wellbeing. Bring it indoors by using aged woods for furniture, shelving and flooring and using a soft green colour palette on walls and furnishings. Choose a pretty throw or scatter cushion covers in a nature themed pattern. Tranquil.

Interior Design Trends – Accessories and furniture

Carefully Cane

Cane is everywhere this season – sideboards, beds, coffee tables, sofas and chairs. Cane typically has a light, washed finish to give it an aged appearance – perfect for a rustic look. As well as cane, rattan has also made a resurgence. Lightweight furnishings such as these can be styled up or down creating a beautifully natural or retro look.

We have a huge range of fabrics available to suit any of the above interior design trends for this season. Get in touch with our customer service team today to request your fabric samples.

Creating a Bright and Cosy Space for Autumn/Winter

If you experience serotonin depletion and low moods in Autumn/Winter you are not alone. It’s a common occurrence for many to notice a dip in moods – as many as one in three Brits are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). If this sounds like you, tailoring your decor and creating a bright, cosy space for Autumn/Winter would be beneficial.

A connection has been established between sunlight and the brain’s release of serotonin. Studies have shown that serotonin boosts a person’s mood whilst also providing a calming effect and allowing more focus. Without enough exposure to sunlight your serotonin levels can drop, resulting in a higher risk of low mood and depression. As a result, many people suffer with this mood disorder which follows a seasonal pattern.

Whether you are affected as extremely as this or not, there are still mental health benefits associated with increased, or at least maintained, sunlight levels.

Read on for some useful tips on how to create a bright but cosy space over the winter months to maximise the available sunlight in your home.

First things first – clutter

The simplest and best place to start is to clear clutter. In small rooms especially, unnecessary furniture, piles of miscellaneous items and packed shelves not only close a space, they can also disrupt the flow of light in a room. The more items in a room the more shadows and the more potential obstructions to the natural light.

Clearing surfaces, shelves and floor space of unused items will instantly brighten a room, reduce dark corners and offer more surfaces for light reflection. Keeping the room clean and dust free will maximise this also.

You’ll want to keep some furnishings and accessories for contrasting (more on this later) and to create a cosy, lived in feel but many of us go way too overboard. Strip it back to the basics, and as you work through this list reassess the space at each step and work out what you can and can’t get away with. A minimalist theme is the way forward when wanting to keep your living room light and airy. 

On reflection…

The exception to the clutter rule here is mirrors. Cleverly placed mirrors can make a room appear larger whilst also bouncing any natural light around the room. Including metallics and glossy surfaces in your overall aesthetic helps with this too.

Try placing a mirror where the light reflects onto a matte white surface. This offers a diffusion effect which creates a cosy glow. 

Be thoughtful with your mirror placements, too many, or any in the wrong positioning, can result in an undesired glare. Experiment with a couple in different areas of your room to see what produces the best results.

White = light!

The lighter the colours used in the space, the lighter the result. If you are looking to redecorate completely, look at any existing colours on the walls and go a few shades lighter. Where you have dark feature walls, switch them up to be bright and light colours. Whites, creams and light greys reflect sunlight which make rooms look clean and brighter. Similarly using pastel colours can produce a bright and calming effect.

If your ceiling is any colour other than white, repaint it to make the most of the reflective properties and give the illusion of a higher ceiling.

If you don’t have the budget or just are not looking to redecorate use neutral styling to brighten the space instead. A cream throw over a dark sofa offers a contrast whilst covering a large surface area of darkness. Similarly a nude colour rug on a dark carpet can instantly brighten up a room.

You can even use wall art to brighten the space. Hang large white, pastel or neutral canvasses, prints or paintings over dark walls to offer relief from the gloom during winter months.

Contrast is Key

Using whites, pastels and neutrals are great for brightening up a space but can often leave a room feeling void of personality or a little on the cool side. Cosiness in a living space over Autumn and Winter are essential and you can have them both! Contrasting darker autumnal colours with the bright and white neutrals effectively injects a bit of personality and warmth back into a room, without undoing all the hard work you’ve put in to make the room bright and airy.

Layering is the trick here. Use scatter cushions in an earthy fabric or a second throw over top of your neutral throw to offer a colour splash. Include a piece of wall art using autumn tones among your neutral artwork and look at any other accessories which you can switch or add to provide the warm layer – candle holders, curtains, plant pots, lamps and lampshades or even furniture such as a new chair or sideboard.

Selecting the right fabrics is essential when creating a bright and cosy Space for Autumn/Winter. Contact us today to talk about our fabric range and request your free samples.

10% Off May Sale – NOW EXTENDED UNTIL 15TH JULY

MY Sofa Covers Sale

Take advantage of our latest sale and enjoy 10% discount on all new tailored Multiyork covers.

MY Sofa Covers are currently offering a 10% discount on all new Multiyork furniture covers. The offer is available on all fabrics and is valid on all orders placed between now and 15th July 2020.

If you have been debating getting your sofas recovered for a while but couldn’t 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 DickensArt of the Loom and many more. We offer a free of charge fabric sample service. 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 sale, lead times may be longer than usual. Orders are processed on a first come first serve basis.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Why get your sofa recovered?

There are many benefits to recovering your sofa rather than replacing it totally. It is more cost effective, better for the environment and can be more practical. We have a few articles explaining in further detail. Read them here:

5 Reasons why you should get your Multiyork sofa recovered

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

6 Things to Think about when Buying a New Sofa

Tips to Revamp your Home During the Lockdown

Now is the perfect time to make headway on any home projects you’ve been meaning to get around to. Initially it may seem that planning to revamp your home during the lockdown will prove difficult. While some jobs which are not urgent and require external help may have to wait, there are still plenty of things which can be done in the meantime. With many online retailers still open for business and offering home delivery, it may not be as tricky as you first thought. Have a read of our handy list of tips below.

Revamp your home during lockdown, our 3 simple tips.

Revamp Tip 1: Clear out clutter!

This is a big one. If you are anything like us you will have cupboards (and sometimes even rooms) full of clutter you’ve been meaning to sort through but have never had the time. Well, now you do! 

If you have a lot of clutter the task can seem overwhelming at best. Make things simpler for yourself and get a system in place. Find or purchase some storage tubs. Using colour coded stickers choose one colour for each tub to sort items into. For example:

Red = shed
Yellow = attic
Green = charity shop
Blue = tip

Make your way through each room, one cupboard at a time boxing up items appropriately. When a tub is full, store it in the relevant place. For charity shop and tip items, find somewhere out of the way to store them until the lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Revamp Tip 2: Spring clean and rearrange…


Once all the clutter is out of the way you can see what you have left to work with! Give everywhere a good dust, wipe and hoover before deciding where to place everything. Try rearranging furniture in the rooms, changing photos and changing the placement of ornaments and other feature items. You’d be surprised how much of a difference small swaps as simple as moving photo frames can make. Shifting the furniture can open your mind to new possibilities within the space. Perhaps opening up a wall to use as a feature.

It may be that you’ve had your furniture arranged a certain way in order to hide scuffs. marks or stains on walls and furniture. If that is the case, find up or order a tin of paint to give the room a fresh coat.

If there are some marks or stains on your sofa which you’ve been trying to hide, consider ordering some replacement sofa covers. We are still open for business and are able to offer replacement covers for all Multiyork furniture. Unlike many other suppliers we don’t need to visit your home to measure up your furniture. We know the Multiyork patterns inside out meaning we are able to quote for and make your covers after asking just a few questions. The majority of our replacement covers can be fitted by you at home too. Get in touch to find out more

Revamp During Lockdown Tip 3: Repaint and re-purpose

If you have some old tins of paint kicking around in a cupboard, shed or garage, now presents the perfect time to use them up! 

Think about which walls could work as a feature to use up any bold colours. If you have spare paint for all of the rooms, have a look to see which walls would benefit from a fresh coat of paint. It’s incredible how a lick of paint can completely refresh a room.

If you want to go the whole hog and completely redecorate paint is available to order online along with paintbrushes and all the tools you will need. This article gives some great advice and guidance on the necessary preparations for redecorating.

Similarly, have a think about how you can spruce up any old or knackered furniture items. A battered table or dresser can quickly become a shabby chic statement piece with a little bit of preparation, paint and TLC. 

Have fun! Inspired by any of our ideas? We would love to see! Take a photo and tag us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the handle @mysofacovers!

COVID-19 UPDATE – WE ARE STILL OPEN

Understandably the COVID-19 pandemic is cause for concern for many businesses and individuals at the moment. With many businesses having to close, we wanted to update you all to let you know that MY Sofa Covers are still open.

We, like all independent businesses, are doing our best to work around the current COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to say that we are still able to operate safely in line with government guidelines. The majority of our team are now working remotely and we have introduced extra measures in our workshop for the one member of staff who is required to work from there (fortunately she lives nearby)!

As a relatively new, small business we feel extremely fortunate to be able to still operate under the current conditions. We take the safety of our employees extremely seriously and would not continue to operate if we felt any of them were at risk. Our unique circumstances in which our employees are able to work remotely or live locally to our workshop mean this can be the case.

We are a small team, and with the current situation lead times may become quite lengthy. With this in mind please bear with us as we work through enquiries. We will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and rest assured we will keep in contact to keep you updated.

While many of our suppliers are still operating, some have had to close for the time being. We have plenty of fabrics in stock and are able to send out samples upon request. If there is a specific fabric which you require please get in touch! We will do our best to source your required fabric or offer a perfect alternative.

We hope you and your loved ones are well. Stay safe from all of us at My Sofa Covers.

Contact us today for your free quote!