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!

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.

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)

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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.

5 Reasons why you should get your Multiyork sofa recovered

5 reasons get Multiyork sofa recovered

To recover or not to recover

It’s an event we dread. The sofa which once cost us an arm and a leg starts to look sorry and lose its lusciousness. The cozy cushions you’ve spent many nights curling up in are looking worse for wear. It’s grubby, stained and no longer has the stylish edge it once had.

So, what do you do? Do you go out and buy a new one or re-invest into your old beloved sofa? Call us biased but we are definitely for the latter. Read on for 5 reasons why:

More cost effective

Much modern furniture is very poor quality and simply not worth trying to revive or sometimes even buying in the first place. However, if you have a good quality sofa that was British made such as a Multiyork, a refurbishment would be a sound investment.

Unfortunately many pieces of furniture these days are poorly made. You may get lucky and buy a cheap piece of furniture that lasts. But generally cheap sofas are made out of poor quality soft wood, stapled together and will not survive long. Buying a budget piece of furniture may initially cost less than recovering your existing sofa but it will certainly not last as long as older, quality furniture.

If you would still love your sofa if it wasn’t for the general wear and tear, stick with it and recover it. It will cost you less in the long run than having to totally replace your suite every few years.

Better for the environment

Thousands of sofas are thrown into landfill every year. The effect on our environment is incredibly damaging.

Government figures state that England sends more than 50% of our waste to a landfill. That is the equivalent of 62 million tonnes a year. Out of this, 1,590,000 tonnes of waste is classed as ‘bulky waste’. Of this bulky waste around 42% is furniture.

This is equal to 670,000 tonnes of furniture disposed by householders in the UK annually. That is the equivalent of around 4 million sofas per year.

Wouldn’t it feel great to know you’d revamped your beloved sofa and helped the environment a bit too?

Read our full post on why recovering is better for the environment here.

More practical

Recovering your sofa is the perfect way to bring a loved piece of furniture back to life without compromising on the original style. With a strong, quality frame a couch can be completely restored as if brand new. The best bit is, you don’t have to worry about shopping to find a new one and if recovering, having to get it in and out of the house or disposing of the old one.

You know it works

One of the greatest perks of recovering your existing furniture suite is that you know it already fits! You don’t have to worry about measuring up the area and making sure the replacement will go, because it’s already there.

If you are redecorating and fancy a new style you can do that too, you can have different fabrics, different cushions and update it to how you want it to look all whilst knowing it will fit perfectly in the spot where you need it to go.

When you already know your sofa fits, is well made and is really comfortable. It’s a no brainer, it is worth recovering.

Sentiment

Often a loved sofa can gain a family heirloom status. If it has been in your family for some time and has seen many family milestones and events, we can become quite attached.

Whether it’s remembering your children when they were young and snuggling up with them and their blankets or the laughs shared with friends; there are certain things which are irreplaceable. If you cannot put a monetary value on your sofa and feel sad at the thought of letting it go, we certainly suggest recovering is the route for you.

Contact us today for your quote.

Now Available: Replacement Fixed Leather Sofa Covers

Replacement fixed leather sofa covers

Do you have a leather Multiyork sofa which is beginning to look a bit worse for wear? MY Sofa Covers are pleased to announce we now offer replacement fixed leather sofa covers.

The quality of Multiyork sofas is unrivalled. If you purchased a leather sofa, even a decade ago, it will have been a hefty investment. Fortunately now, there is no need to completely replace your leather sofa when it begins to show signs of use – just get the leather covers replaced by MY Sofa Covers.

Common problems such as ink or nail varnish spills, tears, stains and burns can be much harder to disguise on leather sofas in comparison to fabric sofas. And that’s not to mention there the additional damages which a leather sofa can suffer. Whilst a leather sofa is often seen as more durable and long lasting, it is more prone to accidents like scratches or scuffs, and once damages have occurred they are more noticeable.

Investment

When investing money into a sofa, it is expected that the sofa will remain part of the household for a number of years, even decades. With replacing worn and damaged covers, that sort of lifespan can 100% be achieved.

These commonly occuring problems can be easily fixed for a fraction of the cost of replacing the suite, and your beloved leather sofa can be restored.

Cushion interiors

MY Sofa Covers are even able to replace your cushion interiors for when your leather sofa begins to sag or go flat due to daily use. MY Sofa Covers offer a range of replacement cushion interiors to add to your suite before fixing your replacement leather sofa covers. Extra fillings to the seats, back and arm cushions to make your sofas as good as new. For more details on our cushion interiors click here.

Do you have a leather sofa which needs its covers replacing? Contact MY Sofa Covers for your quick quote today!

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.