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.

Sofa talk.

Let’s pretend that you wanted to buy a new linen slip-covered sofa.

In this pretend world, you’d be filthy rich, and you could buy this one from Restoration Hardware for $5300 or so dollars.

If, even in fantasy world, that’s too expensive, you could look at this one from Potterybarn. It’s not a sectional or a sleeper, but it’s available in Linen for only $2699. A bargain!

If that price was a little too steep you could look at this other great slip covered option from Crate and Barrel that’s also a queen sleeper. It’s a steal for $2099 bucks. It’s not linen, but instead, durable cotton.

My friends, this is not fantasy land, and there is no way I’m spending two grand on a couch anytime soon. The thing is, we already have an awesome couch. It’s the Ikea Manstad – the super versatile, well propertioned, loved by small space dwellers everywhere wonder sofa. Also, it’s only $799. I think we actually paid $699 when we bought ours two years ago, but I could be wrong. We love this sofa so much that we convinced my brother and my sister to buy it.

 

 

 

Here’s the thing. It’s not slip-covered and it’s looking pretty disgusting. In fact, its so gross that I refuse to show a picture of it on the blog, except this one, in which you only see it from a distance. All the spot cleaning in the world will not save this thing.  Houses with sticky messy toddlers and pets need slipcovers. It’s true. So, I bit the bullet and just ordered this thing of beauty from Comfortworks.

 

 

 

I seriously could not be more excited about this slip-cover. I had originally looked at these ones from Bemz, but decided that I like the looser fit that the Comfortworks ones offer. It’s a little expensive as slipcovers go, but this is not just a cheap big box store, one size fits all cover. It’s a custom made, upholstery quality linen cover. Even if you add the original cost of our sofa and the slipcover, it’s still less than the options above, and we get a sectional, sofa bed and slip-covered sofa all in one. Because it’s custom it won’t be here for another month, but I truly don’t mind waiting. I will finally have a sofa that I’m not embarrassed to let people sit on.

Hope you all are well,

xx-H

in just spring…

Is it spring where you are?

It’s a strange and wonderful warm week here in the midwest. Never before have I spent Saint Patrick’s Day at the beach. We picnicked with friends and soaked up some rays. It was absolutely balm for my lonely soul. It was amazing to see how enthralled Lucy was by the beach.

Lucy is equally enthralled by her new baby Chucks. She requests them everyday by grabbing them out of the shoe basket and trying to put them on.

The warm weather inspired me to look for some new couch cushions and I stumbled upon this one at World Market.

 I like the little pops of pink and navy blue. It feels like a good bright pattern for spring and summer, but the colors are still really rich and saturated. I love the navy and pink combo. It’s a little out of my comfort zone, but while our kitchen project is dragging along I’m looking for a little pick me up.

I haven’t actually taken it out of the bag though because our Ikea Manstad sofa is in rough shape and in serious need of a deep cleaning. I found a fantastic website that makes slipcovers for Ikea pieces (even ones like ours that didn’t originally come with them) call bemz. It’s cheaper than buying a new sofa and being able to wash the slipcover would be a dream come true in this (dirty) house. We are definitely not at a time in our lives where buying a new sofa makes sense.

I think a neutral cotton would be the best (and least expensive) option. There are sooooo many choices though, and quite a few trendy prints if you are feeling adventurous.

Our kitchen is moving along. The base cabinets are in, countertops have been measured and ordered, and  the rest of the trim is going in this week. Hopefully I’ll have more pictures soon. It’s gonna look amazing.

Hope you all are well. My mister is coming home tomorrow and I’m so, so, so excited to see him.

kisses,

H

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