Sunday, December 18, 2011

Upholstered Bench Makeover with Comfort Works

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I received this bundle of goodness via FedEx this week. An early Christmas, to be sure! Through The DIY Club, I was offered the opportunity to order from Comfort Works, an Australia-based company known for their IKEA slipcovers and custom sewing projects.


It was the perfect opportunity to freshen up this IKEA Karlanda bench, which Ron and I had purchased at a used furniture store many, many years ago. It came with this stunning pink/mauve slipcover. It was in desperate need of a makeover!


Somerset Hazelnut                                                          Lino Brushed

I started by having several fabric swatches sent to me. They have an incredible selection of fabrics, all of which would be beautiful, but I wanted to feel the fabrics before ordering. You know what I mean? I love that they send you any fabric swatches you want. 

I eventually settled on Lino Brushed for the Karlanda Bench slipcover. I also ordered custom pillow covers for two pillows I already had...Lino Brushed on one side and Somerset Hazelnut on the other. I wanted a bit more of a formal feel, so I asked for piping on the slipcover and pillow covers as well. Love!

And here she is now!

There is this awkward space in front of the front window that has always been a challenge to style. I don't want to block the window, so the height of this bench is perfect here. I've tried other furniture arrangements, like a table and chairs, but then the windows and drapes were difficult to reach. I always come back to this set-up. Now that the piece is not a hideous worn and faded mauve, the space feels more finished and peaceful.

Believe me, it is the PERFECT place for a wintertime nap. Despite the frightfully cold Minnesota temperatures outside, I am able to curl up there and bask in the warmth of the winter sun, whose heat is amplified by the window. In fact, this Sunday afternoon would be the perfect opportunity for a leisurely rest on my newly madeover bench. Thanks, Comfort Works!


  1. Hope you were able to squeeze in that nap. Nice updating.

  2. I love how this turned out...grab a blanket and a cup of hot tea. : )

  3. it looks so beautiful- i love the touch of stripes!

  4. It looks so fabulous! Elegant and peaceful is right! I could definitely curl up here and nap too!


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