Back in the 1980s, loose covers became really popular. The idea was appealing, the sofa body was plainly upholstered in a base cloth, a calico for example and the cover pulled on with fixings at the back by ties or velcro. Some sofas came with two sets of loose covers so you could switch seasonally or fancied a change. You could order new loose covers too and we have made many replacement loose covers over the years. The downsides are that when washed the covers tended to shrink which made re-fitting a bit of a battle, once fitted they tend to lose the tailored look and looked a little miss-shapen and untidy. Avoid washing if you can, if you do, re-fit when damp.
Can we make new loose covers for a sofa?
Yes, we can make loose covers for any sofa or chair. We tailor make the covers to fit the furniture bespoke tested against each panel. We do not replicate using the original covers as a template. We can make loose covers for a sofa or chair that previously did not have loose covers and we can fully upholster a sofa or chair traditionally too rather than staying with loose covers.
Is there another loose cover option?
Yes, fully reupholster the furniture and add full-size arm caps and removable cushion cases. This option allows you to remove and wash the main fabric areas with the benefit of the fitted upholstered look.
Photos of loose covers we have made are shown below.
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About Our Fabrics
All our fabrics are of first quality, meet current legislation and come with a guarantee. We are stockist of some of the most versatile quality fabrics available in the UK and we have worked with most for over 20 / 30 years., for example, Chatsworth Fabrics, Linwood Fabric, Porter and Stone and Ross Fabrics.
Our customer requested loose covers for her sofa. The requirements were: very simple covers, no piping, and no skirt. Below are the results, I think this style works well with the simple yet chic fabric choice and the pleasing lines of the sofa.
There are some good things about loose covers for furniture, a great idea; you can put them in the wash and even change the style/colour if you have two sets of loose covers. The down-side is that they often go out of shape and become baggy and in places they don’t fit as they used to.
I have a cream linen loose cover sofa that is lovely, it washes well but at the back it no longer fits correctly. Nature of this type of fabric.
Re-Making Loose Covers
With some covers if they are of a more ridged fabric (unlike linen) the fabric will hang better. We can take apart the originals and re-make the covers.
Most loose covers often are out of shape and have become baggy and in places they don’t fit as they used to. The solution in this case is to re-make the loose covers based on the the body of the furniture. The upholsterer will work around the furniture body on the bench, measure up the individual panels to make each panel fall and hang correctly. It’s good advice to order two sets to be made at the same time to save costs.
Here is a lovely sofa we delivered to our customer in Northallerton.
We made a set of new tailored loose covers to replace the covers that had worn.
How to Fit
When fitting after wash allow to dry naturally but not bone dry. Re-fit when the fabric is a little damp. As it fully dries at room temperature it will form a nice shape around the furniture body.