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Can I Wash My Sofa Covers?

Published by Joanna Whitworth in sofa covers

Tempted to skip the dry cleaners and do the job yourself? Unsure whether you’re able to wash your sofa covers or not? Here’s what you can do if your sofa covers are in need of a little TLC…


Be inspired by the RHS Autumn Flower Show

Flower Shows are often associated with the summer months, but if you have green fingers there’s still time to see the best of what nature has to offer at this year’s Shades of Autumn Show.

Taking place on the 22nd-23rd October at the RHS Horticultural Halls, Westminster, this show is the perfect time to get some inspiration for your garden or even your home.  Being unveiled at the RHS Show are 5 specialist nurseries that have been selected as they break the traditional mould and inspire creativity. So we thought we’d take a look at 5 floral fabrics that break conventions and motivate bold creative statements in the home.

Royal Romance brings florals into your home in a stylish and sophisticated way.  It can be used to match both traditional and modern decors, as the flowers are large scale and placed on contemporary colourways, such as Mocha and Rich Gold.




This Olympos Ottoman fabric in Cranberry is perfect if you want to avoid chintz style florals.  The fabric is in a damask style yet still has a sophisticated leaf pattern running through it.  The colours of gold and cranberry are very autumnul and it has been paired with our complementing Olympus Agra design, and plain coloured scatter cushions.


Country Deco in Gunmetal is another of our fabrics that breaks the traditional cast.  The two-tone grey colourway is poles apart from multi-coloured and chintz style florals.  To give this look a real modern edge pair it with a bold colour such as vivid mustard.


Venetian and Venetian Stripe are the perfect fabric to make a striking impression.  The seasonal Claret and Gold colourway is brought to life with a velvet – feel pattern.  This new fabric looks great on either traditonal or modern furniture and paired with muted brass and silver accessories.


Bukhara is a beautiful embroidered Prestige, floral design, shown here in curtains.  This fabric works with a range of contrasting contemporary fabrics you wouldn’t normally associate with a floral pattern, such as our Lindow and Zari fabrics and also modern style spotted and patterned scatters in complementing colours.


For more information on The RHS London Shades of Autumn Show go to or if you would like some help and advise for adding floral touches to your home contact Plumbs today.


On Trend with Tartan

Published by Emma Day in Reupholstery, sofa covers

From Westwood's sharp punk cuts to Chanel's timeless elegance, Tartan has become a fashionable pattern long associated with riding jackets, kilts and autumn style.  You can capture this enduring trend for your home with fabric, prints and hangings.

Tartan is perfect for making a real impression in the autumn and winter months.  The pattern conjures images of breezy Highland scenes and blazing fire places. This high quality, majestic Balmoral Red re-upholstery fabric is a real winner, particularly when re-upholstered to sturdy, traditional furniture. To complete the look we’ve reupholstered a foot stool in a simple red fabric, to pick out the tones of the Tartan fabric.


A bold choice which often finds favour in country homes and Highland manors, tartan wallpaper can lend a regal air to the most ordinary of rooms. It works best paired with dark, antique furniture, deep red carpets and a bold personality. If you choose to use the plaid pattern in your dining room, you should favour crisp white tablecloths, dark bronze sculptures and a set of dining chair covers in either red or deep gold.

Another option is to pep up a plainer room with tartan accessories; a set of throw pillows in Heather Skye, or a stack of vintage blankets, paired with a matching pouffe or even a plaid beanbag for the kids. Candles, coat racks and teapots can all be purchased in traditional tartan patterns, or in contemporary reinterpretations by designers who love to subvert existing motifs and make them edgy again.

If you want to ensure your home is on trend with tartan, contact Plumbs today for a free, no obligation quote for loose covers made from our fabulous plaid re-upholstery fabrics.


London Fashion Week

It’s never too early to look ahead when it comes to London Fashion Week, so we thought we’d take a look at what colour trends have been on the catwalk for next Spring/Summer, to help you co-ordinate your home with your wardrobe.

Emilia Wickstead’s Spring/Summer looks for 2014 were all about block colour in blues, yellows and pastel pinks, only broken up with a few striped pieces.  Designs were simple, feminine and elegant which meant the real focus was on the beautiful shades of colour.  Plain coloured fabrics look great in the home too, especially on sofas to showcase good simple design.  Our Maddison fabric in Cornflower is the perfect way to add a splash of colour to your living room and can also be placed with bold throws and cushions for a complementary look.

Emilia Wickstead



Temperley London showcased pinks, plums and reds for their show, in floor length embelished skirts and dresses. "It’s about complete romance; a Sicilian dream; a tropical mood in a Mediterranean environment” says Alice Temperley ( This femine and romantic look can be achieved using our Elite fabric in Crocus designed by Wilmans.  Complete the look with clashing textures or by using floral and striped cushions together for a contrasting look.



Temperley London






A fresh, clean breeze is sweeping aside all the fuss and frills for next spring”, says fashion writer Alison Lynch (Metro Blog), and that’s definitely clear to see when you look at Emilia Wickstead’s clean cut shapes and vibrant yellow and green shades.  These colours will work perfectly next season, with block colour outfits or our simple Panama Loose Covers (shown in Lime) being dressed up or down with accessories to keep up with current trends.



Emilia Wickstead





Bora Aksu uses handmade Turkish textiles with crocheted pieces and sheer panels in his collection.  He mainly used soft colours such as pale blues but also included this showstopping colour on a floor length gown.  You can make an impression in your home with similar bold tones, using our Perdita fabric in Scarlett.  Teamed with neutral walls and splashes of red accessories, this look definitely has that wow factor.


Bora Aksu






Be Inspired by… The Secret Garden

The classic children's book by Frances Hodgson Burnett has been a source of inspiration to children (and gardeners!) since its publication in 1911. The motif of a secret, secluded and private garden, where people are transformed and made happier, is an appealing one. The garden itself could have been labelled an experiment in wilderness gardening; bulbs, wildflowers and trees rejuvenate with a small amount of (non-invasive) human interest. You may not have outdoor space that can be sculpted into a miniature garden of Eden, but you can create a private nook that is just for you.

The Indoor Garden

This is a phenomenon popularised by the space-conscious Japanese, which has been taken up by city bound dwellers who wish to go beyond the usual house plants and herbs, with climbing plants, indoor planters filled with earth and hedges or flowers and some even with water features. A conservatory is often the best place to start if you want to reference this trend, due to the natural light and warmth they are privy to. To get that authentic, 'Secret Garden' look, grow winding, wild pink roses around an indoor arbour.

The Cosy Sofa


Our attractive 'Secret Garden' loose covers feature the trailing flowers and wild beauty that characterised the novel so well, and are fully washable if you want to use them in your conservatory space with indoor garden. This romantic floral can be highlighted to stunning effect as part of a window seat reading nook, and can be matched with curtains in the same fabric.

The Garden Table

An essential ingredient in the romantic, Victorian style idyll is a lacework iron table, either a vintage piece or a good reproduction, to use as a repository for books and drinks. It will complement the fabric of your sofa and the lush roses climbing around your indoor arbour, and the pattern of the metal is distinctive without being obtrusive.

If you want to create your own secret garden, contact Plumbs today for a free, no obligation home visit, or else browse our vast selection of re-upholstery fabrics for a new look today!


5 Shortcuts for Beautiful Sofas

In this increasingly busy world, we're all looking for ways to save money, time and effort. After all, why spend hours hand scrubbing stained upholstery when you could be playing with your grandchildren? Or tolerate a shabby (not chic) sofa because buying new is a chancy business, thanks to big box stores selling cheap veneer copies of classic styles; which are not a patch on the sturdy quality of your treasured Parker Knoll settee.

1) Fitted Sofa Covers

Fitted sofa covers are a great way to update your settee, at a fraction of the cost of a new suite. We can make them to measure following a free home visit to assess your requirements. The covers will be delivered – and fitted if you need us to – and voila, a sofa that looks brand new!

2) Re-Upholstery

Re-upholstery is an earth friendly way to 'recycle' a beloved old piece of furniture. After all, some pieces have such sentimental value that they are impossible to replace; but you still don't want your favourite soft furnishings looking down at heel.

3) A Knitted Throw

Knitted throws are a great – and particularly affordable - way to add texture and warmth to a sofa. They can hide a multitude of sins, and can be woven in a wide range of designs and colours. They are a perfect DIY project, or can be bought from artisans who specialise in handmade crafts.

4) Cushion Covers

Rattan furniture is a popular choice, particularly for garden rooms and conservatories. However infrequent use and sun exposure can lead to either bleaching or darkening of the fabric. You can easily revamp your conservatory furniture with fresh cushion covers, and make it look beautiful again.

5) Fresh Trimmings

Trimmings can make a drab piece come alive again. These can range from piping in a contrasting colour, to co-ordinating braid around the back. Or you could choose from our range of valances, which include pleated, tasselled and skirted options.

Take advantage of these easy shortcuts to a more beautiful sofa by contacting Plumbs today for a free, no obligation home visit, or else browse our vast selection of upholstery fabrics for a new look today!


Transform Your Lounge in an Afternoon

Summer is the perfect season to brighten and refresh your home's décor. However it's also the time when many of us want to be outdoors in the sunshine – not hanging curtains and sweeping the pantry! Fortunately you can completely transform your lounge in the space of a Bank Holiday afternoon – with sofa covers, scatter cushions and even some easy-to-hang curtains.

Loose Covers

Sofa and suite covers are an absolute lifesaver for the decorator in a hurry. Regardless of the size or shape of your furniture, you can get attractive and professional stretchy loose covers designed and sewn to fit your sofa perfectly. Simply book a no obligation sofa cover consultation, and get your covers measured and fitted. When they arrive (delivered for free!), you can simply pop them on, and voila! Washable, perfectly fitting covers for your stunning 'new' sofa.

Eyelet Curtains


Getting a pair of beautiful, custom made curtains made is a worthwhile investment, especially if you have bay windows or another unusual shape. Eyelet curtains are the easiest kind to hang once they are made; simply 'thread' the curtain pole through the eyelets, replace on top of the struts and affix. They can be easily accessorised with braided, twisted or silken curtain ties, or simply left loose for an attractive, carefree look.

Scatter Cushions

Cushions are one of the easiest ways to transform a space; you can have them made in the same fabric as your curtains, for example, and create a matching look, or opt for a bold contrast. All you need do with these versatile accessories is arrange them prettily; adorning a sofa, placed on the ground for an al fresco air, or brightening a window seat.

If you want to transform your lounge in an afternoon, let us do the preparation for you – all you need to do is get in touch for custom made stretch loose covers, bespoke curtains and a selection of scatter cushions made to your specifications. Contact us today on 0800 019 0505!


July's Top Five Special Offers

Thanks to the recession, we're all looking for a good deal, but that doesn't have to mean sacrificing your sense of style. There are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself and your home looking its best. Here at Plumbs, we're glad to help out, with new special offers every month. We're offering fantastic deals on half price curtains, loose covers, blinds and re-upholstery, and here are July's top five specials.

1)     50% off Suite Covers in 'Catherine's Garden' + £50 in FREE Accessories!

Bring a fresh bouquet of flowers into your home with these gorgeous 'Catherine's Garden' suite covers, now 50% off and coupled with £50 worth of FREE accessories. These half price suite covers can be applied to any kind of furniture and are fully machine washable. Show here in the Ruby colour-way, you can also have matching curtains made up for a fully co-ordinated look.

2)     50% off 'Gemma' Curtains

These curtains in 'Gemma' are now at half price, and are available in 15 colours. 'Gemma' is a versatile, unadorned design that is perfect for either a minimalist home, or combined with other colours and patterns for a more eclectic look. Shown he re in a rich turquoise, in a pencil pleat. Simply contact a Plumbs consultant today for a free, no obligation quote.

3)     3 for 2 Re-Upholstery with 'Mayfair Stripe'

Have 2 pieces of furniture reupholstered in 'Mayfair Stripe' fabric and get a third item reupholstered FREE! Pictured here in a classic duck egg blue, this beautiful, bold stripe is available in six colours, including an antique gold hue.  The price of re-upholstery will depend on your furniture - with the cheapest item re-upholstered for free.

4)     30% off Roman Blinds in 'Woodland'

These beautiful roman blinds in the attractive 'Woodland' fabric are 30% off and come in five exquisite colour-ways and are the perfect window dressing. Why not match them with a pair of 'Gemma' curtains (at 50% off)? Turquoise and pink make a beautiful combination, especially for a fresh, colourful lounge or pretty bedroom. There are matching accessories available in this fabric, so why not decorate your window seat with co-ordinating scatter cushions?

5)     40% off 'Mandalay' Sofa Covers + £50 Free Accessories!

We're offering 40% off 'Mandalay' sofa covers, along with £50 worth of FREE accessories! The fabric pictured is an especial favourite; a rich, creamy ivory, woven with an intricate gold edged design. There are another thirteen colours available, all luxurious, opulent colours; champagne, burgundy, midnight blue. The fabric is an easy to care for 'superweave', fully washable and designed not to shrink or crease.

If you want to take advantage of any of our amazing special offers, just get in touch today for a free no obligation quote, and give your home a fresh new look for less!


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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Does your pet decide which sofa you should buy?

According to a new study by Petplan on of the UK's leading pet insurance companies, found a large percentage of dog and cat owners based their purchasing decisions on the suitability for their pets. The obvious one is holidays where 68% of dog owners and 47% of cat owners said that this was the most important area in which to take their pet into consideration, however many also include home furnishings such as sofas.

Pet hair can be real pain when is comes to your soft furnishings but as we explained in this recent post Threats to your Sofa, there are ways to protect your sofa from your pets hair, claws and any other dirty or smelly messes we all know pets can make.

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