Comfort Works contacted me back when we lived in Chicago and asked if I’d be interested in doing a review of one of their slipcovers for them. I was tempted to get something for the Ikea Beddinge sofa bed that was in our living room, but wrote back and asked if it would be okay to wait until we moved to San Francisco. They agreed, and once I started working on putting together our nursery/guest room I wrote and asked if we could start the process of choosing my cover. We ended up buying the Ektorp Sofa Bed from the As-Is section in Ikea (even though it’s a bit big for the room, having a sofa bed was really important to me so we can have people over and house them comfortably) and so Comfort Works provided me a custom, machine washable Comfort Works Ektorp Sofa Bed slipcover and sofa protector. Having a cover that is machine washable was definitely the most important part for me since we will have young kids buzzing in and out of that room. Comfort Works made things extra appealing when they mentioned that they are offering a sofa protector to help protect the sofa from kids and pets (and let’s be honest, from messy adults like me who like to eat on the couch).
The first step in the cover selection process was choosing the look of my slipcover. Comfort Works has dozens of slipcover options when it comes to color, pattern, fabric, etc, and they’ll send you some free fabric samples so you can see them in person before you commit to buying an entire cover. I didn’t know quite where I was going with the theme of the room yet, so I wanted to stick with neutral options that would allow me to be inventive with the decor in the room. I decided on white because I wanted something that would be easy to bleach (and Pinterest has successfully convinced me that using white in a nursery is a good idea). In a different room the Nomad Grey would have been my favorite option.
When my slipcover pieces arrived and I took them out of the box they were really wrinkly (which is, of course, to be expected!) so I took about 30 minutes to steam them.
The process of applying all of the different pieces took about 30 minutes, even with T1 popping up here and there to “help”, ask for milk, etc.
I didn’t need any directions to show me how to do it, the process was really intuitive. I initially applied one of the cushion covers the wrong way but it was a quick fix once I realized that it wasn’t sitting correctly. I appreciate that the covers fit really tight, but they won’t be difficult to get on and off when they need to be washed.
I only had one problem with my cover, and that was getting the back to fit properly. In the back corners it doesn’t lie completely flat no matter how much I tug it this way and that. For me that isn’t an issue because my couch will be up against a wall.
Once I had everything on I did another round of steaming along the bottom to get at any leftover wrinkles.
Doesn’t it look great? I really love my custom, machine washable Ektorp Sofa Bed slipcover from Custom Works and I’m looking forward to how the entire room comes together now that I have the sofa and the rug.
Next I gave the custom Comfort Works sofa protector set a try. The set came with sleeves for the arms of the sofa, as well as a sofa protector that I tried applying two different ways.
This is the first way, with the sofa protector under the top cushions, but on top of the bottom cushions. With the sofa protector applied I lose the clean look that is very appealing to me (as seen above) but I gain a lot of peace of mind. If baby spits up and it lands on the sofa protector, I don’t need to be stripping items off the couch and zipping them back on. I can pull it right off and get it in the washer, and lay it back on the couch again with little effort.
Next I decided to try putting the sofa protector over the entire couch (the sleeves for the arms are still on, and unless we have guests in there I’m sure I’ll be leaving them on all the time).
I confess, this isn’t my favorite look, but if I find myself washing the top cushions frequently I would definitely lay the sofa protector over both sets of cushions like this to save myself some work with a new baby in the house.
Another drawback to putting the sofa protector over the entire couch is that there is nothing anchoring it down, and so it wrinkles anytime someone sits down on it.
I’ve finished decorating the room now, so you can see how it all came together!
Overall I am really happy with this cover. I went to Ikea and looked at the cover that they offer in white, and now that I’ve seen them both in person I think they are very similar, though the Comfort Works fabric seems a bit sturdier. I would use Comfort Works again in the future for one of two reasons. Because you think the sofa protector will save you a lot of time and headache (for me I know it will!). Or because you see a color/style on the Comfort Works website that you like better. Order some free samples and see them in person because the Kino Natural and Nomad Grey were runners-up for me and looked and felt different than I expected (in a good way).
Speaking of ordering samples… Comfort Works is a free pair of cushion covers (45cmx45cm, or 17 3/4 inches) in any Comfort Works fabric to one of my readers! Even better, it’s a contest that is open worldwide. You can order free fabric swatches to figure out which is your favorite. Maybe you’ll pick something in an fabric more adventurous than white and then send me a picture of how it looks? I would really love that. Look at this fabric they posted on their Facebook page. Gorgeous right? I might need to order a second cover.
To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. To enter you’ll need to both like their Facebook page, and comment below. Rafflecopter will walk you through the process. Enter before April 7th at 11:59pm PST.
Update: After I wrote this post (but before I published it) my family came to stay with me and my sister used this sofa bed. After she left I noticed that one of the zippers on the right couch cushion (the one you sit on) had burst. She’s skinny-mini so I definitely considered this a manufacturing issue. I contacted Comfort Works and sent her a few pictures and received a replacement cushion two weeks later. I delayed this review for a few weeks so we could use the couch again (my mom stayed in that room when she came for the birth of T2) and everything looks great now. The customer service experience concerning this issue was great and I do think it was a production issue that’s going to happen every so often, but I thought it was important for you guys to know.