Sunday, 11 March 2012

Bemz replacement slipcovers for Ikea furniture

We’ve an Ektorp 2-seater sofa-bed which is just right for us (and an extremely comfortable bed).  We’ve had it for 12 years and it is still going strong, but 2 small children and a husband who spills more than the kids meant that the slipcover had seen better days.

But we had a problem; Ikea no longer makes this sofa (they now make a 3-seater Ektorp sofa bed) so no longer makes the right replacement covers. We tried to buy one on eBay with disastrous results (I had to get eBay involved to get a refund) and had resorted to covering the stains with a throw – until I discovered Bemz.com.

Bemz make slipcovers for a huge range of Ikea furniture, including discontinued models like ours. They have a great range of fabrics to choose from and you can get swatches sent to you free of charge. Some of the more expensive fabrics looked gorgeous, but we will wait until the kids are bigger before we get one of those (and I will ban my husband from the sofa too! Honestly he is so bad I didn’t want to sit next to him on our wedding day in case he spilt his meal on my white dress!). We’ve opted for the cheapest one available – Cotton Panama, in ‘sand beige’. To cover our sofa this came in at £179, but we could have spent over £500, so you can see they have a huge range to suit all pockets and styles.

Bemz, replacement covers, Ikea

Bemz make each cover up as it is ordered, so their website states delivery will take 4 weeks, and I’m pleased to say it arrived in a little over 3. I was also impressed with how little the postage was (only £15) not bad seeing as it has to come all the way from Lithuania.

the label I had worried about


Having read other online reviews there were two points that made me worry about this purchase; 
1) That the covers were very tight and difficult to put on. Ours are fine; in fact they are a little easier to put on than the original Ikea ones.
2) That they have a visible label coming out of the seam. Yes it does, but it is very discreet and on the back of the sofa (I’ve put a photo so you can see).
So I needn’t have worried.



Bemz claims that their fabrics are treated against staining. We haven’t had it long enough to test this (won’t be long, remember my husband), but when one of the kids dripped water onto it (only an hour after I had taken delivery) the droplets just sat there and didn’t soak in. I think this bodes well for staining.

Really my only complaint with the whole process was that I think they should have the option of sorting the fabric choices by price on their website. At the moment you can sort them by colour, designer and “lifestyle” (which doesn’t mean “my lifestyle involves 2 small children”). It would have been easier to view them based on how much we were willing to pay. So we just had to click on each one we liked in our colour scheme to find our how much it was.

As that is only a minor niggle I am very pleased with my purchase.

I didn’t receive anything from Bemz for this post; I’m just a happy customer.


UPDATE! since publishing this post we have managed to spill some of the kids turquoise suncream onto the sofa. It took 2 goes through the washing machine, but I am happy to report that the stain has come out. So Bemz's stain claims appear to be true.

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19 comments:

  1. Hi Kath!
    Thank yo for the lovely coverage. We love happy customers, of course, but also always want to hear from our less happy ones too. Glad you fell into the former category.
    I think your point about filtering fabric options by cost is a very valid one - we used to have that option on our old website but it was changed to 'types of fabrics' on our new site. But seeing that now from your perspective, I realise that what that means cost-wise is not apparent. I have forwarded your feedback onto the powers that be and hopefully we will be able to accommodate this request.
    Thanks again!
    - Christie at Bemz

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  2. i like that article..i like that article to read..i can find more about slip covers from that article..thanks

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  3. Dear Kath, I've been researching Bemz slipcovers---wanted to hear from REAL customers. I was so happy to read your review. I'm also a mom of 2 kids (under the age of 5) and don't want to spend a fortune on a sofa that's going to get stained anyway. Bemz seems like an ideal option! --D from LA, California

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    1. Glad to have helped. I found there weren't many reviews out there, so wasn't sure if it would be OK, but I was very pleased. I hope you are too.

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  4. Well, what a great review of the Bemz slipcovers and what a bad review of your husband. I can't believe after all his spilling you went for cream covers! We have a corner Ikea sofa. We inherited it and it is well and truly bedecked in throws and cushions to disguise the hideousness of spills, stains and god knows what else. You may have just saved it from the bonfire! Thanks. Michelle x
    ps: you've had some really great comments on this. Well done.

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    1. I'm glad you can re-cover your sofa now. Much cheaper than getting a new one. Thanks for your kind comments

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  5. I just ordered my first slipcover yesterday for the Manstad. I can not wait until it gets here, and I will gladly post back as to how it holds up etc.
    I also have 4 children (12, 12, 13 & 14) so they may be harder on it than young children as well as 2 dogs, 3 cats & a more messy than a child husband!

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    1. Please do let me know your experiences. The kids/husband are trying their hardest to stain mine, but they haven't managed it yet!

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  6. Thanks for this! I was looking for a review of these slipcovers while I shop to cover my horrible U.S. government issue furniture. Interestingly, I also had a bad experience with an ebay seller, which is why I am now willing to spend more money to get good slipcovers!

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    1. I'm still really pleased we went for these- and will be steering clear of ebay for higher value items from now on

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  7. I am confused. I've been looking at the Ektorp sofa bed this morning on the Ikea site. I found only the two seater and can no longer find the three seater. Also, it appears that they do still make the covers. Am I misunderstanding what is being offered? I'm reading great reviews on these sofa beds. I plan to buy two for the basement den where my teenagers have sleepovers frequently. I'm planning to buy white so I can bleach it if the cover gets dirty.

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    1. I've just had a look at the Ikea site again and I can only find 3 seater sofa beds - but thats in the UK, it might well be different elsewhere. Whatever size you end up getting (if they still sell 2 seaters elsewhere) they are really comfortable beds. We slept on ours for a month when we were having work done and it was a nice bed.

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  8. Hi!

    Thank you for the post!

    I've been thinking ordering a cover for Ektorp 3 seated sofabed. Only thing i've been wondering is the fabric.

    Now after one year use, can you still recommend it? Can you say is the fabric (Cotton Panama) better than for example Ikeas "Blekinge White"? I mean is it more thicker and straight than Ikeas cover?

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    1. I can still recommend it. I would say the fabric is a similar quality to a regular Ikea cover.

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  9. Nice article, thanks!

    I wonder, did you consider Comfort Works in Australia for your slipcover? I'm trying to decide between them and Bemz (in Sweden, I thought, not Lithuania) or Comfort Works in Australia.

    I have the Ekeskog sleeper sofa, which is notorious for the seat cushions always sliding off the couch, so I wonder if Bemz or Comfort Works has the better solution for it. Anybody know?
    THANKS!

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    1. Bemz is based in Sweden, but their factory is in Lithuania. I didn't come across comfort works when looking for my cover.

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  10. Great article Kath!

    Hoping you can help me with this. I have an Ektorp armchair and the cover came from Ikea too. The fabric Ikea uses, I love. It's thick cotton, almost denim like. What's your cover from Bemz like?

    I have covers from ComfortWorks since I am in Australia but the fabric is flimsy and soft which my cat LOVES doing his yoga on, pulling on the weaves.

    The fabric on Ikea covers are weaved so tightly that my cat can't claw into it.

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    1. Hi, my cotton is thick, certainly I would describe it as denim like. I don't have a cat, so I can't vouch for how it holds up against claws, but its coping nicely with 2 small children abusing it!

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