Why recovering your sofa is better for the environment

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Sofas vs. the Environment

These days it is possible to get almost anything quickly and cheaply. The problem is, cheap doesn’t last. Ever heard the saying ‘Buy cheap, buy twice’?

There are many options to buy cheap furniture, including sofas. But how often do you see a cheap sofa fly tipped on the side of a road? It’s unlikely you’ll see a solidly built, quality sofa like a Multiyork reduced to such a disparaging end.

Did you know?

It takes 1000x more Co2 to make a new sofa than it does to repair an existing piece. It is estimated that for every 1 ton of sofas re-used, 1.5 tonnes of Co2 would be saved.

The Statistics

Government figures state that England sends more than 50% of our waste to a landfill. This is the equivalent of 62 million tonnes a year in the UK alone.

Every year thousands of sofas are discarded on our streets or thrown into landfills. The effect on our environment and wildlife is huge, and incredibly damaging.

In recent years, Wrap.org have been conducting annual surveys in order to understand the types and re-usability of UK waste.

WasteDataFlow (WDF) estimate that across the UK, 1,590,000 tonnes of bulky waste is sent to landfill annually. Around 42% of this waste consists of furniture, which equates to 670,000 tonnes of furniture disposed by householders in the UK annually. That’s the equivalent of around 4 million sofas per year.

But it’s rubbish?

Many people believe items that are thrown into landfill are no longer fit for use, yet findings by Wrap suggest that a significant amount of products are repairable or re-usable.

The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) indicates that around 30% of bulky waste collected from households can be re-used.

Out of the 670,000 tonnes of furniture disposed of every year by British households, assuming 30% of this is re-usable this could stop an estimated 201 tonnes of waste going into landfill every year.

 

The solution

Sofa recovering! As tempting as it is to throw out old furniture if it’s worn, and no longer fits the décor in your house, there is a much more environmentally friendly alternative.

Recovering your sofa suite saves putting your furniture into landfill, the production of unnecessary greenhouse gasses and saves you time having to look for a new one that will fit.

Contact us today for your quote!

The Life of a Sofa: 5 Facts

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Average Life of a Sofa

The sofa is the centre piece of every home. As such a focal point in every household, it makes you wonder what happens during the average life of a sofa.

Whether you use it to curl up with a book in front of the fire, lay on to watch TV or as a place for the whole family to sit and catch up, we’re sure that most of your long days end by going home, getting comfy on the sofa and putting your feet up. A house would certainly not be a home without one.

Being passionate about this particular furnishing, we investigated and found out some facts about who, and what your sofa sees throughout a typical lifetime.

Here are 5 sofa statistics for your amusement, as found by a poll conducted by home insurance company esure.

The Facts

1. Typically sofa owners will sit on their sofa for four hours everyday. This equates to 1460 hours every year, which is nearly 61 whole days sat on the sofa per year.

2. In addition, sofas which share a home with children will endure 527 sessions of kids jumping up and down on them.

3. Over an eight year period, the average sofa will be a bed for 489 visitors. It will even sleep one of the owners for 293 nights after a heated domestic row.

4. The average family eat 13 dinners per month on their sofa. So the next one will probably come as no surprise…

5. Spills, spills and more spills! Over the average life of a sofa, children will drop food and drink on it three times a fortnight and even adults will spill their dinner on the sofa six times a month. Tea and coffee is spilled on your sofa three times a week and wine every two weeks. Over an eight year period, the average sofa suffers 1,600 spills in total.

Surprised?

While we all realised our sofas withstood a lot, the figures are surprising. The sofa is a hugely resilient item of furniture which suffers much abuse in it’s life time. It comes as no surprise that families, couples and businesses invest a large amount of money to purchase a high quality sofa.

With sofas hosting up to 782 visitors over a typical lifespan, suffering spills, doubling up as a bed and having multiple grubby hands and feet all over it, it’s also got us thinking about cleanliness.

While washing can freshen up a sofa, it can often fade colours and patterns leaving your sofa looking less than desirable. After all that use and abuse, maybe your sofa will need a new set of covers every so often.

MY Sofa Covers specialise in replacement tailored covers for Multiyork sofas and fixed covers alike. Get in touch today for your free, no obligation quote.

How much does it cost to recover a sofa?

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The Basics

Because you’re here, you’ve obviously been thinking – ‘How much does it cost to recover a sofa?’

It goes without saying that the quality of Multiyork furniture is second to none. Usually high quality and high costs go hand in hand. When reupholstering your furniture, you can expect your money to go just that bit further.

When your furniture begins to show signs of wear and tear and you buy another brand new sofa, although it will be lovely, you will find yourself in the same position again a few years down the line.

This actually makes it more expensive in the long run.

When recovering your furniture you’re making an investment. At MY Sofa Covers we’re passionate about restoring Multiyork furniture whilst providing the best possible service. We want to bring your furniture back to life, making you fall in love with your suite all over again.

What’s more, we can recover your armchairs, foot stools and even tailor your curtains and scatter cushions in matching or complimentary fabrics.

So, How Much does it Cost to Recover a Sofa?

The price of reupholstery or replacement sofa covers varies greatly on size, style, required services and fabric. Typically reupholstery can cost anything from around £700 upwards. But that price will cover you for years to come.

We have partnered with a number of quality fabric suppliers to ensure that we can provide fantastic fabric solutions to suit most budgets. We offer a huge selection of colours, patterns, textures and styles; with thousands to choose from we can help you narrow down your search and find the perfect fabric for you.

The cost of recovering your furniture will vary dependent on the suite, but after asking just a few questions over the phone or via email we’ll be able to provide personalised quote.

Where can I get my sofa reupholstered?

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Sofa Reupholstery

Because you’re reading this page, we know you are wondering ‘Where can I get my sofa reupholstered?’

So, where can I get my sofa reupholstered

Well, the answer is… drum roll please… right here!

When your Multiyork sofa, chair or suite is looking worse for wear, we will reupholster it for you, restoring it to it’s former glory.

We offer a premium sofa repair service, which is flexible and tailored to your budget and needs. With the ability to identify your furniture over the phone or via email, there are no other sofa recovering companies who can rival our speed. All we need is some initial information from you, your choice of fabric, and then we’ll take it from there.

Furthermore, MY Sofa Covers will reupholster sofas that require fixed covers, leather covers and mixed covers complete with the matching suite items.

Ready to bring some life back into your sofa yet? Send us an email today; our staff are always on hand ready to assist you with some expert advice.

Example models of MultiYork furniture we can recover.

We are able to make replacement sofa covers for many models of Multiyork sofas. Including (but not limited to):

Alpine,
Ambleside,
Aristocrat,
Astor,
Belgravia,
Berkeley,
Louise,
Burnham,
Carlton,
Lynford,
Gloucester,
Rachel,
Gleasford,
Natalie,
Emily,
Knightsbridge,
Churchill,
Marlborough,
Mayfair,
Brompton,
Hereford,
Nimes,
Highgrove,
Gatsby,
Hampton,
Chantily,
Hadleigh,
Classic,
Hamilton,
Oxford,
Suffolk,
Kingston,
Verona,
Grosvenor,
Beaufort,
Edwina,
Odeon,
Worcester,
Twickenham,
Stratford,
Keswick,
Parnell,
Jessica,
Southwold,
Teddington,
Tavistock,
Imogen,
Dexter
Buckingham,
Colorado,
Consort,
Eliot,
Inca,
Ixworth,
Jemima,
Keats,
Landsdowne,
Lexington,
Liberty,
Long Island,
Melton,
Murrayfield,
Nadia,
Naomi,
Osborne,
Randolph,
Rutland,
Shelley,
Spencer,
Tennison,
Trafalgar,
Valencia,
Verona,
Woodbridge.

Don’t see your model listed or don’t know it? No problem, just drop us an email, attach some photos of your furniture and include whatever additional information you have and we will identify it for you info@mysofacovers.com OR send an enquiry through our form.