Sofas with Removable Covers

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If practicality and versatility are what you are looking for, in your new sofa then removable covers are a must. They are not only brilliantly easy to clean, they can be interchanged with different colours and even patterns to completely change the look of your room.

If you're someone who likes to change the look of their room with the changing seasons and fashions, then loose covers are perfect. Available in calming neutrals for the summer, or warm terracottas and reds for the autumn and winter, loose covers give you an ever changing multitude of options to transform your room.

ascot range

Ascot Range by SofaSofa 

A multitude of choices and colours

The fashion for plain neutral coloured loose covers remains very strong, whether it be on a plain brushed cotton or more traditional damask motif design. However, linens are becoming increasingly popular, in both plain colours and pretty florals. Linens give a more interesting texture and look to the classic cotton, but they can feel coarser.

valencia removable cover

Valencia Removable Cover Sofa by SofaSofa

Removable

With the simple use of zips, buttons and velcro loose covers are fully removable from the carcass of the sofa. Depending on the shape and tailoring of the sofa, the majority of loose covers have a central seam at the back which releases the covers from the main body of the sofa. Cushion covers are easily  removed with the use of a rear zip.

Pre- Shrunk

Most loose covers are made from natural materials such as cotton or linen. As with all natural materials, they will shrink when washed at a hot temperature so they need to be either  pre washed or sanferised. These processes will either preshrink or stabilise the fabric so that any residual shrinkage is minimal. Most manufacturers work to a tolerance of 2 to 3% residual shrinkage which is fine if the covers are relatively loose fitting in the 'shabby chic style'. For more tailored covers the residual shrinkage needs to be closer to 1%.

Machine Washable or Dry Clean

It is important to remember that not all loose covers are machine washable. Many are supplied dry clean only. It's always advisable to check with the manufacturer before you discover your washing machine has turned your smart new covers into something suitable for a dolls house! It may seem obvious but check the maximum temperature and always err on the side of caution. Cottons can generally be washed at 40C but other fabrics may not be so tolerable to heat.

newport sofa

Newport Range with Washable covers (40C) by SofaSofa 

New loose covers for your old sofas

If you don't want to part with your faithful old sofa, it is often worth considering just replacing the covers. At first this may seem like an inexpensive option, but beware. If you are not sourcing your new loose covers from the original manufacturer of the sofa, the new supplier will have to measure and tailor to fit. They will not have the original patterns and this extra work comes at a price. In fact, the price of specialist made loose covers can often rival the cost of a brand new sofa!

Direct from the Manufacturer

The best and most inexpensive option when replacing your covers is to deal direct with the original manufacturer. That way you can be sure of an exact fit, without any added cost for remeasuring. All reputable manufacturers will keep patterns on file for several years so you have the opportunity to buy perfect replacements in many years to come.

Posted in Contemporary Sofas, Fabric, Interior Design, Sofas, Uncategorized on 21st Jul 2014

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