A green option: here is a solution that allows you to restart and restyle your IKEA furniture.
Bemz was started by Lesley Pennington when she went on maternity leave and decided to do something better with her work life afterwards. The global e-commerce company (named after her four children) specializes in custom design covers and replacement legs for IKEA furniture. Their mission statement reads, “With an emphasis on sustainability and conscious consumption, Bemz’s mission is to extend the life of IKEA furniture in a personalised way. Bemz machine washable covers, are handmade to order in Europe, and are crafted from a consciously curated selection of fabrics. With Bemz’s range of furniture accessories customers are able to completely change the look of their IKEA sofa, armchair and more.”
There is a wide variety of colors AND patterns, but you may be surprised that the covers cost half as much as your sofa itself. Still, it’s a not a bad investment if it gives your piece a new lease on life.
(Re-edited from a post originally published 07.10.06)