Quite often the sofa is the central element in a living room. It is the cozy place of the home, the nook where you unwind after a long day or simply spend a lazy Sunday. We sleep on the sofa, sit with friends, we read, we watch movies and binge watch Netflix series, we knit, we eat – basically we spend quite some time and great moments of life on our sofas. Also, often our sofas become a beloved piece of furniture and it is not so easy to part with them. Today’s story is all about the love for a sofa and how we can keep on having our great moments on it – with the little help of Bemz!
My friend Ben has a sectional sofa, to be precise the KARLSTAD sofa from IKEA. He loved the shape and the colour, but the original cover is beginning to show some signs of good wear and tear. And that is ok! After five years it is not a shame to see some bleached out parts that were exposed to more sunlight, some thinner sections where there was lots of sitting. It is normal. But it is not necessary to keep it that way. And I am not talking about tossing your sofa! Instead, just give it a fresh up with a new cover and change the look of your living room! How about this!?
Nowadays we can be happy about smart brands that offer covers for IKEA sofas – and most of you will know who I am talking about: Bemz. This Swedish brand has been around for quite a few years and has successfully prolonged the lives of many IKEA sofas. Their range of custom covers for IKEA sofas, armchairs and cushions is almost endless from fine cotton, over linen, velvet and recycled materials – all of them made to order in Europe and machine washable. Bemz has gradually extended its range to covers for other IKEA furniture pieces and accessories such as chairs and headpieces for beds as well as curtains and sofa legs.
In order to show you how a Bemz cover for IKEA furniture can change the look of your room, we have opted to swap the green cover with two velvet Bemz sofa covers: the Zaragoza Vintage Velvet in the color ‘Acorn’ and the Simply Velvet in ‘Moss Green’. Moreover, we chose black Kastell sofa legs. The theme remains earthy as you see, but let’s see the results!
Bemz cover in Acorn Zaragoza Vintage Velvet for the IKEA Karlstad Sofa
Changing the sofa covers and sofa legs is really not complicated. However, if you have a bigger sectional sofa like in this case, it might come in handy to have a friend or two around to help with disassembling the sofa and properly stretching the covers. In my Instagram stories I am sharing two time lapse videos to show you the process in super speed. I will be biased now: This cover is my absolute favorite! I love the amazing touch and feel of the vintage velvet, the color is just amazing too – with a lovely shimmer that seems to play with the light. The Vintage Velvet materials is sturdy and a tad glamorous with a shiny, vintage look. And the color ‘Acorn’ is just perfect. It is truly earthy and somehow fits the season (and my friend’s living room for that matter).
Bemz cover in Moss Green Simply Velvet for the IKEA Karlstad Sofa
This cosy velvet cover is warm, lush and super soft – it creates an instantly warm and hygge atmosphere in the room. The ‘Moss Green’ color is a deep and rich green, recalling northern forests and moss covered paths in the woods. This cover is stain-proof and perfect for anyone who loves a natural look in their home. We discovered that this cover is in perfect harmony with a few cushions in the aforementioned cover, Zaragoza Vintage Velvet in ‘Acorn’. The look is just perfect, don’t you agree?
Updating the IKEA Karlstad sectional sofa with Bemz covers was truly a game changer, they totally transformed the room even though we remained in an earthy and bohemian atmosphere here, the new velvet Bemz covers makes it feel a bit more luxurious and cosy. Additionally, I think it is much more eco-conscious to opt for a new cover instead of throwing away an entire sofa just because the cover is too worn or you are bored of its look.
For those of you who consider a restyling of your IKEA sofa, I have more good news: Bemz launches their Black Friday campaign on November 26th and with the promo code HIBSHIP you will get free delivery of your new covers! Additionally, during the Black Friday campaign everything is 25% off! Happy restyling!
This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with Bemz. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
Photography by Igor Josifovic