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ac and i have resigned ourselves to the fact that we can't fit a couch through our front door, so the hunt for fabrics to upholster small chaise chairs is on. i often turn to ikea for fabrics because they have a surpringly good selection of affordable fabrics. these two designs called hannelle are available for $4.99 a yard and would be perfect for curtains, pillows and any number of sewing projects. sadly ikea still doesn't sell yardage online so make sure they carry any given fabric in your local store before you head out.




Anonymous sara bee jensen said...

my husband and i have been thinking about upholstering a chair and our couch. do you do that yourself or do you bring it somewhere?

10:23 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

sara bee (what a cute name):

well, unless you've done it before, i would suggest taking a couch and chair to a professional reupholstering shop. dining room seats can be a little bit easier (think: staplegun), but i would leave the bigger things to professionals. i'm sure some d*s readers could do this but i think it's worth the cost to have it done well :)


10:25 AM  
Anonymous kristina said...

bantam didn't fit?

yeah, have it professionally done unless you know how much fabric to buy, how to sew the stitching so that when you sit on it it won't rip open, how to match up the repeat if there is one between the cushions and the frame, and between cushions (all signs of a good upholsterer), etc.

10:40 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

nope. our 29 inch entryway along with the insanely narrow hallway mean that we were apparently destined to never have a couch in here. we found out the people before us didn't have a couch either, just a futon. oh well..on to plan E.


10:42 AM  
Blogger sarabeejensen said...

i just imagine hauling our couch back down the stairs again. im hoping that we can find someone to come and do it for us. (ive also just signed up for a blogspot account).

p.s we have fabric coming out in november, my husband and i have just started a textile company...ill send you a sample!

11:05 AM  
Blogger modmom said...

i LOVE that print!
i have to post it on my blog!
i was just in the palo alot ikea friday,
but i didn't get to the fabric section!
i was underwhelmed by their xmas decoration this year, but we have tons already + it's fun to make new ones.
you are my blogging idol + inspiration!

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Veronica said...

Oh! Love the fabrics from IKEA, I must go there today I see!

2:41 AM  
Anonymous Ronna said...

Hi! We had a similar problem - our stairs going upstairs are too narrow. So, we bought a component sofa from LoveSac - yep, the folks who make the big bean bags. We didn't like any of their prints (which are clearly targeting the dorm-room types), so we bought it without the cover, which was less expensive. I sewed fitted slip covers for the sofa, which wasn't too hard because all of the pieces are boxes. (I used a lot of velcro.) I'm really a beginning sewer and this was a doable project. Okay, so they aren't great looking, but they're comfy and we just couldn't live without a sofa in our den. If y'all need to be able to cuddle up and watch a movie, this is a good option. http://www.lovesac.com/products/sactionals.php

8:42 AM  
Anonymous gragegrl said...

what happened to the Petrie sofa from Crate & Barrel? so sad that your door is so narrow :(

2:00 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

we meausured, confirmed, paid and shipped. it arrived and wouldn't fit. they said it would, but it didn't. they even took our door off the hinges and my neighbor's door to get it in. didn't work. i could have cried. it's SUCH a cute couch. we're debating between small chaise chairs now and the eames daybed, which isn't very comfy or cheap...


2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ouch on the Eames daybed. I adore how it looks but it isn't comfy. If you did something like 2 arm chairs or even 2 sideless arm chairs (like the Pop chair at Ligne Roset except maybe not so expensive) you could get a leather or fabric-upholstered ottoman to put in front of them and you could put your feet up. That would be comfortable and give you extra seating for guests. You could get trays to use on top of the ottoman if you wanted to put out food or drinks.

8:33 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

yeah, that's my concern anon. we're considering getting some super simple (and super cheap) armless chairs at ikea and then i want to reupholster them in josef frank fabric to make them more bearable...we'll see. the fabric will cost more than the chairs so maybe it's not worth it. i'd looove to reupholster the eames sofa in frank fabric but then it would look pretty but still not be comfy.


8:35 AM  
Blogger eric said...

what about a midcentury sectional? i found a gorgeous orange one with diamond stitch detailing on craigslist not long ago for $300.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you've probably already thought of this, but just in case, have you considered one of the companies that knock down your sofa outside your front door and then reassemble it inside? i've had the same sofa knocked down twice and you'd never know... it cost me about $300 or $350 i believe.

2:03 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

yup. they priced us at $550 but the thing is, we'd have to break it to get it out again (we're renters) so they said they didn't suggest it because breaking it twice would affect the "integrity of the structure greatly". oh well...


2:05 PM  
Anonymous kara said...

I love ikea fabrics but the sales help at the fabric counter is never there....

12:55 PM  

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