Knesting: Slipcovers for IKEA Furniture

Store Profile

Location: Online
Specialty: Slipcovers for IKEA furniture
Price range: ($$) Mid-Range

Store History

  • Founded: 2010
  • Founded by: Susan Knight
  • Headquarters: Atlanta, GA

After spending a couple of years living in Spain, I was excited to return to the States and setup a new home. Since I’d become accustomed to a tiny, furnished apartment full of cheerful IKEA home goods while abroad, IKEA was my first stop for decorating a new place on a budget. After wandering the living room maze for an hour, I was stumped how to create my own style with their limited slipcover options. I went home assuming someone online would offer a solution to this decorating dilemma. But I was shocked to discover no one in the US was making covers for the most popular IKEA sofa models. Fast forward a couple of years and some restless nights pondering the question, “Why isn’t anyone making covers for IKEA furniture in the US?” Really, I’m not kidding. It kept me up at night. So eventually I decided to make it happen. I opened my Etsy shop and began selling my first covers in 2010. Knesting.com was then launched a few months later in early 2011.

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While walking the floor of an IKEA store as she tried to decorate a new home, Susan found herself nonplussed by the slipcover options at the store. No problem, she thought, I'm sure someone offers more options online. But after searching around Susan still couldn't find slipcovers that appealed to her. This is how Susan found herself designing her own slipcovers for IKEA furniture. What started as an Etsy shop is now a full fledged e-commerce site, Knesting.com.
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Name/Title: Susan, Owner

What was the inspiration for opening Knesting.com? After spending a couple of years living in Spain, I was excited to return to the States and setup a new home. Since I'd become accustomed to a tiny, furnished apartment full of cheerful IKEA home goods while abroad, IKEA was my first stop for decorating a new place on a budget. After wandering the living room maze for an hour, I was stumped how to create my own style with their limited slipcover options. I went home assuming someone online would offer a solution to this decorating dilemma. But I was shocked to discover no one in the US was making covers for the most popular IKEA sofa models. Fast forward a couple of years and some restless nights pondering the question, "Why isn't anyone making covers for IKEA furniture in the US?" Really, I'm not kidding. It kept me up at night. So eventually I decided to make it happen.

When did you launch Knesting.com? I opened my Etsy shop and began selling my first covers in 2010. Knesting.com was then launched a few months later in early 2011.

Where are the slipcovers produced? All of our slipcovers are proudly made in our home base of Atlanta, Georgia.

What is the current best selling item? The grey and yellow chevron slipcovers for the Ektorp armchair were our biggest sellers in 2012. And it seems like people still can't get enough of the fun chevron prints this year.

What is your favorite item? My favorite is our Oatmeal Linen slipcovers. The fabric is so lovely, yet also durable and it coordinates wonderfully with so many of our other fabric options. It is a great neutral color that can take on completely new looks by simply changing out throw pillows.

Other than your own, what is your favorite store? Obviously I am an IKEA junkie, but I love to mix up my décor with vintage pieces from local antique and thrift stores. My favorite shop here in Atlanta is Kudzu Antiques where I can always find an interesting old table, funky lamp, or a great vintage map for a quick home makeover.

For more about Knesting.com, visit their store page over at Marketplace.

(Images: Knesting.com)

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