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What fabric? When buying Loose Covers...

Since finding out about the discount I get from working at Plumbs, my mother is suddenly interested in buying some loose chair and sofa covers. She does love to count her pennies!

When trying to find our more about loose covers she asked me, what's the best type of fabric to choose when buying furniture covers? Unfortunately I didn't know off hand so I had to do some investigating and found that it is quite a common question, so I thought I'd share what I found.

The cheapest fabrics generally used to make furniture covers are nylon stretch fabrics. The flexibility you get with this type of material give a really close and snug fit around any piece of furniture, now just because they're the cheapest doesn't mean they are not good. These fabrics are great value for money, so why would you choose these fabrics:

    • They are very easy to care for and can be washed at 40 degrees
    • Because of their flexibility they can cover over 98% of furniture styles
    • They don't crease and very easy to remove and replace
    • They are extremely hard wearing so last for years


The more costly fabrics are generally made of natural materials such as cotton and linen but there are also chenille and velvet fabrics that are either made in natural materials or man-made with a mix acrylic and polyester. Some of the best fabrics use a combination of both natural materials for a soft feel and man-made for improved practicality, such as preventing shrinkage in the wash and creasing. These fabrics are more rigid so give a more contemporary loose cover look but can be unsuitable for complicated styles of furniture. So why would you choose these over the more flexible fabrics:

    • Give a more relaxed and contemporary look to your furniture
    • Greater choice of fabric materials
    • Heavy-weighted for a great finish
    • The texture and feel is superb

 

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Give your Dining Room a brand new look with Loose Covers

Generally the whole look and feel of your dining room is dictated by the dining room furniture, as this usually quite costly and only replaced very few years but fashion changes every season. If you are thinking of buying new, you also have the added headache of moving everything around, possibly building the furniture from flat-pack and even getting rid of the old set.

Well there is a cheap alternative - Loose Dining Chair Covers! You don't have to go to any trouble in looking, buying or removing any furniture. You can simply re-cover.

Dining Chair Covers


Loose Dining Chair Covers can give you dining room a brand new lease of life and give you to ability change the whole decor of the room far cheaper than if you bought new furniture. Also because of how easy it is to change these covers, you can change them for each season or to following the new fashions.

Plumbs have over 350 different fabrics available and 4 different make-up - click here to see the different make-ups.

All our dining chair covers are made to measure to ensure an exact fit to your dining chairs. Plumbs offer a free quotation, free measuring and free fitting service by a fully trained Home Consultant. The Home Consultants will bring along over 350 samples and swatches so that you can match them to your carpets, upholstery and wall colours.

Why not change you Dining Room decor today and request a visit from a Plumbs Home Consultant:

Click here to request a visit

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What to do with your old Sofa? Recover, Reupholster or Replace!

How do you decide?

On the one hand there are some tempting credit deals out there to replace your furniture.

On the other hand you might not want to throw a perfectly good suite away, and anyway how would you do it. Who is going to physically remove your sofa from your house?

If you just hate your sofa or it doesn't fit in your home then the best option is probably to try and dispose of it in an environmentally responsible way and buy new.

If you already have a well made piece of furniture that is comfy and fits in your home then the best option is probably to cover or reupholster, as your sofa will look like new for half the cost of a new one. With landfill sites filling up fast this is also a good choice for the environment.

Recover:

Pros

    • If the sofa is looking tired, and it's time for an update, then loose covers are the least expensive option. Probably about a quarter of the cost of a new suite.
    • From an environmental point of view, loose covers are also a great choice as you are effectively recycling your sofa or suite.
    • Washability is also a big plus point. Being able to remove wash and refit loose covers is perfect for any household where stains pose a threat.
    • Massive choice of fabrics. You can probably choose from hundreds of options.


Cons

    • Fit is bit of a pro and a con. Loose covers do move and are not fixed to the furniture.
    • For many people they simply wouldn't know it as traditionally made cotton loose covers fit so colsely to the furniture that is almost like reupholstery. There are however some of us who simply prefer the sofa covering to be fixed
    • An extension of the fit argument is detail. Covers do not always respect every single detail of a piece of furniture no matter how well made. A good example is furniture with exposed show wood.


Reupholster:

Pros

    • Price wise a reupholstered suite will be around half the cost of buying new but this is a more expensive choice than loose covers.
    • Another good choice for the environment - you are keeping your furniture out of landfill
    • Comfort and sentimental attachment are not affected. You are making the furniture you already have quite literally look like new.
    • Fit and attention to details are better than for covers.
    • Again a vast choice of fabric.
    • Finally reupholstery is a traditional craft. By choosing this option you are helping to support traditional British workmanship by genuine local craftsmen and women.
    • Usually come with replacement seat cushions
    • Service is a big plus as with this type of craftsman product the service is typically excellent.



Cons

    • The big downside is having to do with out your furniture for 2-3 weeks while the work is done.
    • Not exactly a con but reputation is important. Whoever you choose to do the work has to be trustworthy. You need to be sure that you are getting a hight standard of workmanship.
    • Not cheap although certainly less than buying a new suite
    • You can't see the finished article before you buy - i.e. your own suite reupholstered.



Replace:

Pros

    • New furniture is untouched, unstained has never been sat on and it's exciting to have brand new
    • You can see and sit on lots of different styles before you buy
    • There are some fabulous credit deals to be had



Cons

    • The hassle of moving and disposing of your existing furniture.
    • There is an environmental price to pay in throwing away your old furniture. Typically it will end up in landfill unless a charity shop or similar will take it. Occasionally for very good furniture you may be able to sell it.
    • Interest free credit is not free, but is built into the price. Furniture is already the most expensive of the three and credit just makes it more expensive.
    • Quality is a big issue as there is such a wide range. By buying quality recognised brands such as parker knoll multiyork, wesley barrell or bridgecraft you can be sure that you are investing in quality furniture. However there has to be concern over cheaper furniture which is imported. If you remove the VAT delivery cost, shipping cost from overseas and the sellers margin or cut then there often is little left. This raises a question mark over durability and quality



If you are tired of looking at the furniture in your front room or you just fancy a change then you can recover, reupholster, replace or do nothing. Think about price, comfort and the environment and the way forward should become clear.

Good luck

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