Our custom Manstad slipcover is here!

Remember awhile ago when I blogged about getting a new slipcover for our Ikea Manstad Sofa? We ordered it from Comfortworks and unfortunately, after the initial production stage of our cover, the manufacturer noticed some color variations in the fabric that they considered unacceptable. Their very kind customer service representative sent me some fabric samples to choose from and allowed us to upgrade to a much nicer fabric than our original choice at no additional cost. We ended up with a fabric called Liege Biscuit which I don’t see on their website (probably because it’s normally not an option for this piece.) Once I chose a replacement fabric they got my order to me incredibly quickly!  We’ve had it for about a month and I figured I should finally take some pics to share.

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I’m super happy with the quality of the fabric and the construction. The fit is absolutely perfect. I chose the “relaxed fit” cover and I love the look of the pleats on the corners. The cover actually has 6 separate pieces – 3 cushion covers and then  3 pieces that make up the body of the sofa and chaise. Putting the cover on did require unscrewing and pulling the sofa apart, which was definitely a two person job. Luckily the chaise part of the cushion cover (that lifts up for storage) comes off easily, because that’s my dog’s preferred spot for sleeping, and will probably have to be washed more frequently than the rest of the cover. I did have to add a strip of velcro to attach the area below the chaise so the slipcover would fit perfectly (that wouldn’t be an issue in models newer than 2008) Comfort Works also included 2 free coordinating pillow covers that I wasn’t expecting- how nice!

I’m so happy with the cover. It really lightens up our space and knowing that I have the option to wash it is perfect for our sometimes messy household. I’m actually glad that there was an issue with the original fabric, because this fabric (still a linen blend) is absolutely dreamy. Many thanks to Rachel at Comfort Works for resolving our delay so quickly and with such great results!

Sorry these aren’t the best pictures; you can find more pictures of Comfort Works Manstad slipcovers here.

-H

update 2/14/2013 – I finally had to wash it after Lucy spilled Chocolate milk on it one too many times and it cleaned up beautifully! I washed all 3 body pieces (the cushion covers were fine) in my home machine in cold water on the light cycle. I did pretreat a few stains with shout. I let it air dry overnight and put it right back on the couch. The fit was a bit more snug, but not in a bad way. It’s a two person job getting it on and off the sofa though! We are so happy with our slip cover.

3 responses

  1. Hi there,
    We are thinking about getting this exact same cover but are worried about pulling the sofa bed out and how that would work with the cover. Do you find it difficult? How do you pull it out when there is no seem, do you have to remove the cover? Do you have any pics with the sofa bed out?
    Cheers,
    Sam

    • Hi Sam,
      The section that covers the sofa bed part does make it a little more difficult to pull out. Basically the fabric has to bunch up out of the way and then get tucked in once the sofa bed mechanism is pulled out. I rarely have to pull it out, so its not much of a problem for me, but if you do it often you might find it frustrating. I do know that they can make a cover for the pull out section too. I’ve mentioned in other comments that the cover is difficult to remove for cleaning (takes two strong people.) Right now for me that is the only drawback to this cover. In hindsight I should have just spent the money I spent on the cover towards a new sofa with an existing slipcover. Hope that helps!

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