🎄 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!

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

New Anglia Grant Scheme Logo

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

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!