This article reflects the trend towards loose covers as a viable and practical alternative to re upholstery.

There is a wealth of furnishing fabrics available today opening up new and creative covering options.

A mid-range sofa costs a thousand pounds plus. The cost to have a sofa re-upholstered would be around half that figure, plus the cost of the fabric.

As a comparison, we can make tailored loose-covers for a three seater sofa with three main box seat cushions for £310 (including piping and zips etc.) delivered and fitted.