A Sofa Slipcover Review with my friends at Comfort Works

Have you ever bought a piece of furniture that you thought was timeless and you were going to love it forever, then a few years later you’re a little bored and the love is fading? That’s exactly how I felt with my sofas, just a little ‘meh’.

My sofas are from the IKEA Stocksund range, IKEA sofas are durable, practical and very affordable. Ours are super comfortable and only a couple of years old, they are still in perfect condition and they work well in our living room. The issue is that I am interior decor obsessed and I like to change things around often. I felt stuck in a rut with my current blue and white ticking sofas and was longing for a fresh new look.

That’s when I decided to have a look at Comfort Works and see what they offered in the way of IKEA sofa covers or more specifically Stocksund sofa covers. I think slipcovers are a great choice for families as they are so carefree ….. who wants to be that parent that is always yelling at the kids and wrecking all the fun by being precious about the furniture? Not me!

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When I asked for your advice and ideas about my fabric selection on my social media I was inundated with so many questions, so I popped up a quick blog post about the ordering process and a few other questions.
If you missed it you can find it here.

I was blown away by the customisation options and range of beautiful fabrics available at Comfort Works.

Firstly, lets talk about the fabrics. They have curated a collection of beautiful colours in a selection of both synthetic and natural fibres. Natural fibres tend to be softer and comfortable but less durable, while the synthetic fibres are tough but not as comfortable. A natural and synthetic blend tend to be a great compromise of comfort and durability. They also have speciality fabrics available like velvet and leather.

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I chose the KINO fabric for my sofas. They are from the Heavy Duty range and are 100% polyester. This fabric will withstand lots of wear and tear from the pets and kids, it will hold up to lots of washing and is the most hardwearing fabric in the collection. With three kids and 2 pets, this is just what we need!

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I also chose to have contrasting piping for my sofas. This is another customisation option available, you can choose plain seams, matching piping or contrast piping. I know most people tend do do a darker colour for the body of the sofa and a lighter colour for the piping, while I love this look I really want these slipcovers to be as carefree as possible, so I chose a mid strength colour for the body of my sofas and a dark colour for the piping.
I think if you want to do the reverse, with the light coloured piping, slipcovers are the only way to do it. Can you imagine trying to clean white piping on a sofa without removable covers!

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The last, and most exciting customisation option I chose was to have long skirted covers. The Stocksund sofa has tall legs and is high from the ground. I thought the open air underneath them would give our living room a sense of space, which it does, but now I find myself wanting a more intimate looking space and the long skirted slipcovers have created the warm and inviting atmosphere that I was looking for.

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Other customisation options include built-in USB ports, yes you read that correctly, you can have a USB port built into your slipcovers for easy-peasy charging of all your devices. Genius!

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Comfort Works kept me updated with every step of the order process from the beginning through to shipment details and delivery date.
When my covers arrived they were neatly folded and packaged with care. They all had individual labels telling me what part of the sofa they were for, no guessing required. It made it so easy to pop them on, I had a whole new look in under half and hour!

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So, the big question on the edge of everyones lips is – Am I happy with my new slipcovers?
ABSOLUTELY!
I am thrilled with them!
The fabric is softer than I was anticipating and the fit is perfect. I love the colours I chose and the contrast piping is amazing. The best part of all … the long skirts, they have completely changed the look and vibe of these sofas and it truly feels like I have all new furniture.

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I am so happy with entire process and I have no hesitation in recommending Comfort Works for all your custom sofa covers and slipcover needs.
I am already planning my next transformation!

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Happy Shopping!

Hayley

DISCLOSURE – I was gifted my slipcovers by Comfort Works. As you all know, I would never recommend anything unless I have used it or experienced it for myself. I know you trust me and I will not betray your confidence by recommending an inferior product or brand. All opinions above are my own.

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Redis-Cover your Sofa!

It seems I’m not the only one interested in giving my sofa a facelift!
I shared a little peek of my project on my Instagram over the weekend and my message box exploded with questions. I thought I would give you all the details here instead of repeating myself 3,758 times.
Here’s the most common questions I got asked ….

Your Sofa is an Ikea Stocksund, but do they do covers for other sofas?

YES! Not only Ikea sofas, although they do nearly every Ikea sofa currently and previously on the market, but also sofas from Pottery Barn, West Elm, Restoration Hardware and more.

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My Sofa – IKEA Stocksund

What if my sofa isn’t from any of these brands?

They do a made-to-measure range where you can select the sofa that is the closest style to your own depending on the arm style and shape, then measure it yourself. They have a handy video on their website and you are encouraged to send in a photo of your sofa so they can help you find the best fit.

Did you say you are having ‘skirted’ slip covers?

YES! Many of the sofas have the option to choose a skirted or non skirted option. There is also options for plain seams, piping or contrast piping. You really do the ability to customise your cover just the way you want it.

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The Ikea Stocksund with a Comfort Works skirted cover in Kino Denim.

Do they make slipcovers for other things too?

YES! They also do covers for armchairs, dining chairs, barstools, ottomans and sofa beds.

How do you choose the fabric?

I ordered some sample fabrics first. Often fabrics look different in person, it’s aways a good idea to touch and feel the fibres and see the colour in your own space before making your final selection.
They also suggest that you rub it against your skin, give it a wash, really put it to the test before you place your order.

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Kino Frost and Kino Denim

Is it expensive?

NO! I was pleasantly surprised at the prices! It’s much more affordable than buying a new sofa and the fact that the covers are machine washable at home saves you on professional cleaning fees down the track.

Do they ship to Australia?

YES! They ship to Australia and nearly the whole world including most of Europe, Asia and America. See here for a full list.

Where do I get them?

From Comfort Works … right here!

OK, I think I’ve answered the most popular questions, if you have any more please don’t hesitate to send me a message!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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Get the custom look …

The story of my barstools continues, and this is the best part yet!
Remember I picked up 4 barstools for a song on Gumtree a few weeks ago? They were from the Henriksdal range at IKEA and even though they were a little bit shabby, the frame and seating was still in perfect condition.

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I bought some new covers from IKEA but they were plain white and not exactly the best idea when you have 3 kids and a a dog! They were dirty after just a few days. I decided to try a DIY and dyed the covers green, they didn’t turn out exactly as I had imagined and after a few days I was questioning why on earth I did it.

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You see, I’m a blue and white girl through and through and I really love pattern, I wanted the look of expensive custom made barstools with beautiful upholstery, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune. I also needed something that was easy to care for, last week alone Orly spilt maple syrup, milo, milk and some sort of orange sticky goo on the barstools.

That’s when I discovered Bemz.
Bemz makes customised covers for IKEA furniture as well as cushions, curtains and bedroom textiles. There are over 250+ fabrics to choose from and they are machine washable. You can create a whole collection of customised pieces in any room of your house for a fraction of what it would cost you through an interior decorator. Bemz gives you the opportunity to refresh and restyle your IKEA furniture without breaking the bank.

I popped on their website, chose the Henriksdal barstools and started scrolling through all the beautiful fabric choices. I must admit the blue and white gingham caught my eye immediately, but I wanted to be sure so I ordered a few free samples to check in my own space. They came quickly and I contemplated my selection for a few days before going with my original choice of the gingham, which you can find here.

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The covers arrived in a couple of weeks and I am absolutely thrilled. They are beautiful quality, they fit like a glove and they look amazing. Finally, I have the custom look I was craving, without the big price tag.

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What do you think? Don’t they look amazing, the colour is perfect and they bring so much personality to my kitchen.

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Do you have some IKEA furniture that is looking shabby and could do with a facelift? Or maybe you are looking for a particular colour sofa and IKEA have the right shape but wrong colour? Or if your on a really tight budget you can do what I did and hunt down the perfect pieces on your local online market place like Gumtree, make sure the frame and cushions are in good condition, the buy new covers.

I feel like this is a game changer in the world of home decorating, it’s gives us all an opportunity to customise our furniture, get the look we want and do it all with ease online.

 Pop over to Bemz for some inspiration and ideas, and see how easy it is to get the look you want!

Happy shopping!

Hayley x

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Wall Style – Affordable Art

Born out of a desire to find affordable art for her clients, Interior Designer Lauren started Wall Style.
Fast forward to now and I am on the hunt for affordable art for my own home, when I found Wall Style I knew it was too good to keep to myself, so I thought I’d better share it with my home obsessed tribe – YOU!

So, let’s go meet Lauren and find out what makes her tick …

What age did you start taking an interest in art and interiors?
I grew up with an Architect as a father, so I have been interested in design / art / interiors for as long as I remember. When I left school I completed my Bachelor of Built Environment Majoring in Interior Design at QUT in Brisbane. I have worked in the interiors industry for around 15 years. I now live on the Gold Coast with my husband , twin 7 year old daughters and our beautiful labradoodle dog. I work out of a small studio in Currumbin.

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Why did you start Wall Style?
For a few years my family and I lived in a small mining town in Rural Queensland. Seeing as there wasn’t a huge market for high end residential interior design out there, I started a small E-Design business to keep myself busy. It was during this time when I was trying to source art for my clients (that they could shop for and purchase themselves), that I realised there was a gap in the retail market for timeless, quality art prints with customisable framing options. Interior Designers have access to a lot of trade only businesses, but the general retail market don’t. Hence where Wall Style was born. I have designed the prints in various sizes, so customers have the option of buying the print to fit in a pre bought frame – such as Ikea or Country Road, or they have the option to purchase it already framed.

My whole business ethos is to produce a quality product and service rather than focusing on quantity. In saying that, I love to work with clients custom orders, sizes or different framing specifications. I recently had a customer ask if I could design her a green budgie instead of blue one.. I loved that she asked and was more than happy to help. The fact that end result was gorgeous helped also!

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How do you decide what pieces to add to your growing collection?
I really try not to focus on trends, which is why you don’t see Typography and Scandinavian style prints on the Wall Style website. We live in throw away society, which I detest. People buy too many items, that aren’t quality, that do not last. My aim is to produce timeless, exclusive designs, that will last the text of time in both style and quality. All of our prints are archival quality, printed on PHahnemuhle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth 188gsm. They will last for over 50 years.

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How does it make you feel when you see your prints hanging in someone’s home on social media, etc?
Amazing! I LOVE it when people tag me in their shots and share the love. Your home should be a space that you love and want to spend time in. You should be able yo relax, thrive and be happy there. It should be an extension of who you are and how you aspire to live. For me being able to add a beautiful piece of art to a space so personal, that people love, makes me so happy. I love creating beautiful things and beautiful spaces – and beautiful art makes such a difference to a space!

Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about it?
Oooh that’s a tough one, as my favourite piece depends on which house it is on. If I had to choose it would probably be the Blue Budgies. I have these framed above my dining table and they look stunning.

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Where would you like to see Wall Style in five years from now?
I have a lot of plans for Wall Style, which I won’t mention right at this moment. But I definitely do plan on growing the collection quite dramatically and introducing some feature exclusive ranges. More on that to come!

I ordered 2 pieces from the Wall Style range to add some much-needed colour to our TV room. I chose the two blue birds from the Legend Bird Collection. I had them framed by Wall Style in a dark wenge timber frame and they look incredible. I think they are timeless and beautiful. If you want to see them in my home pop over to Instagram where I’ll be sure to share lots of pictures of these beauties!

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The print quality and beautifully executed framing really impressed me and now I have my eye on these 2 piece for my entry hallway, what do you think?

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 The prints are cleverly made to fit IKEA or Country Road frames to make it even more affordable. Or if you would prefer to receive your art framed you can choose your frame preference and Wall Style will have it professionally framed and shipped straight to you.

If you want to have a look at all the gorgeous artwork available from Wall Style you can shop here.
If you want to follow Wall Style on Instagram, you can find them @wallstyle_studio

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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