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    • hethmar
    • By hethmar 5th Jan 13, 12:00 PM
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    Reupholster/recover or buy new sofas?
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    • 5th Jan 13, 12:00 PM
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    Reupholster/recover or buy new sofas? 5th Jan 13 at 12:00 PM
    Hope this is the right board.

    Advice please - we have two leather sofas we bought about 6 years ago from Furniture Village, lovely red ruby colour BUT on the three seater there are areas of the leather wearing off. We have had a leather restorer in and basically he tells us its cheap leather composite (apparently a bit like chipboard is to real wood ) and the cost of repairs would be beyond the original price paid for these, which was about £800 for the pair.

    NOW, we were thinking we may as well replace them with some decent quality ones (shame, as they look great style and colour wise) but we now wonder whether it would be better to have our 18 year old multiyork sofas (which the leather ones replaced in the main room) recovered and reupholstered?

    The frames seem totally fine, but years of kids and dogs ruined the covers and of course, the back cushions which were feather filled are sagging and need replacing and I dare say the seat cushions could do with replacing too. They are currently covered in throws and in two different rooms and rarely used

    So - here is the problem. The sales are all on at the moment, should we rush out and buy new sofas or have the multiyork ones (which would cost something like £3500 in the sale nowdays) freshened up?

    Any advice welcome please.
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    • cattie
    • By cattie 5th Jan 13, 1:52 PM
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    My living room furniture is Multiyork and it's so lovely and comfortable that, rather than pay out for a new comparable quality suite when the covers started to look past their best, I decided to get Multiyork to make me new covers.

    However, my back and seat cushions are in perfect condition, so it was only new covers I was in need of. I was lucky in finding that one of their top quality fabrics that I liked was reduced as it was going to be discontinued. Having new covers made was far cheaper than buying a new quality suite and should I ever decide on a change again, it'll be more new covers for me, as the frames really are built to last.
    The bigger the bargain, the better I feel.

    I should mention that there's only one of me, don't confuse me with others of the same name.
    • hethmar
    • By hethmar 5th Jan 13, 2:09 PM
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    • 5th Jan 13, 2:09 PM
    Thanks cattie, dithering over what to do. Whether to buy cheaper sofas but replace them every 6 years or so would probably work out much the same as buying two multiyork sofas now, even in the sale. Its a conundrum. I got the leather ones because I thought it would be more suitable with our two dogs. I know, I know - but there is no way they are not going to get up on the sofas so I have to work with that, rather than fight it

    Multiyork covers would work out at about £1500 from them - which is a bit of a stomach churner and Id need the cushions replaced. I was looking at Plumbs site which seem to have the templates for multiyork and wondering whether to get a quote from them. Add to all this, our local multiyork shop rang this morning to say their sale ends tomorrow if Im interested in buying sofas at the current sale price less an extra 15% ............
  • PollyOnAMission
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    • 5th Jan 13, 2:41 PM
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    • 5th Jan 13, 2:41 PM
    Try contacting Furniture Village; there was a big blow up recently regarding them mis-selling composite leather sofas as genuine leather. I bought mine from them over five years ago, found out about the composite thing (thanks to this forum) and contacted the store regarding their mis-selling. They sent someone round and offered me £300 (I think) store credit or £150 cash. I took the cash and told my friend (who had the same sofas) about it; he got the same offer.

    It might be worth you pursuing this; although there's no guarantee it applies to your sofa, it can't do any harm!
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    • 5th Jan 13, 2:51 PM
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    • 5th Jan 13, 2:51 PM
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2274725&highlight=scala
  • wallbash
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    • 5th Jan 13, 3:33 PM
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    • 5th Jan 13, 3:33 PM
    You have had a sofa costing £400, lasted six years with kids and dogs , seems to me you have had your money's worth .
    My FV sofa's ( without dogs) nearly 10 years old still look great.
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    • 5th Jan 13, 4:38 PM
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    • 5th Jan 13, 4:38 PM
    Is it worth trying some DIY upholstery on your old sofa? It can be straight forward depending on the shape of your sofa, time and whether you know one end of a staple gun from another, lots of on-line tutorials and at the moment you can get some good upholstery fabric bargains on line.
    • hethmar
    • By hethmar 5th Jan 13, 4:41 PM
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    • 5th Jan 13, 4:41 PM
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    • 5th Jan 13, 4:41 PM
    You have had a sofa costing £400, lasted six years with kids and dogs , seems to me you have had your money's worth .
    My FV sofa's ( without dogs) nearly 10 years old still look great.
    Originally posted by wallbash

    Hi, the Furniture Village leather sofas have had only two middleage adults The Multiyork sofas were the ones who took the brunt of two growing boys - who are now in their late 20s and early 30s and not at home The FV sofas were a bargain bought for their colour and style, not quality - I was not complaining about them, though I am now very interested to note that there has been a lot of complaints re them mis-selling composite leather as real leather. The odd thing is the worn areas arent in places you would expect wear at all.
    Last edited by hethmar; 05-01-2013 at 5:20 PM.
    • hethmar
    • By hethmar 5th Jan 13, 5:19 PM
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    Polly - thank you SO much! Ive been reading through those posts and whilst I first thought it is too late to complain, I see some of them had sofas as long as we have and as they say, its not a case of the time involved but the fact the sofas were sold as leather when they patently werent. We had the alexis sofa set in ruby red.

    I did send an email to FV customer services on 20 December, before I knew about all the other people complaining, or the fact that FV has received a ruling about misselling - I had an email back the same day saying our FV shop was closed and that the manager would contact me after christmas. He hasnt and I wasnt going to pursue it until I read all those posts. I have just contacted the customer services again saying the Manager hasnt contacted me and that since my previous mail I had become aware of the problems of FV misdescribing these sofas.

    I will let you know of the outcome.
  • PollyOnAMission
    Good luck
    • hethmar
    • By hethmar 5th Jan 13, 6:52 PM
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    Just found the receipt - August 2006 but as that thread says, its the miselling that we should go for. Leather sofas should last longer than 6 years. Its also interesting that on the receipt it refers to the sofa as "hide" which patently it wasnt/isnt!
    • jog
    • By jog 5th Jan 13, 8:25 PM
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    Hi,

    If you want a multiyork, it's worth looking in one of their shops that have a clearance section, don't confuse it with the sale, not all shops have them. There used to be a list on their website of which shops have a clearance section but I can't see it at the moment. Our local store, Bath, does, the whole of the top floor is clearance furniture, we've had some really good deals from them when it has been cheaper to buy a clearance sofa than get our original one recovered by them. Also got a good deal on a dinning room table and chairs in the past.

    We have just bought 2 leather Imogen sofas this week for £1900 from the clearance section, in the sale they would have been £4440.
    • hethmar
    • By hethmar 6th Jan 13, 2:10 PM
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    Well done jog - we actually got our first two sofas from their main warehouse in suffolk. Not too far from us and it is in an old Mill there - floors of clearance stuff But of course, it has to be what you want and it would be tempting to buy because its such a bargain. The imogen are nice - we had the carlton range - well we still have them after a couple of decades, one in our big kitchen for the dogs to lay on mainly and the other in a small snug room - shame being the cost of covering them would be more than the cost of them originally.

    We were going to go to their city shop today but its thick fog here and OH doesnt want to be rushed into buying just because their special offers end today. Plus I would like to see what FV may do about the mis selling of these sofas as leather now that I know its a real issue.
    • chocolateteddy
    • By chocolateteddy 26th Jan 13, 4:23 PM
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    I was at Mellis clearance shop in Suffolk yesterday, some great bargains to be had. I bought a three seater Carlton for £949 delivered in Fabric that has been discontinued. Cost new would have been £2500. Also there is extra 10% off till tomorrow (sunday)

    Cheaper to buy a new one than get our old one covered
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    • FOREVER21
    • By FOREVER21 26th Jan 13, 5:33 PM
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    Multiyork Mellis
    I was at Mellis clearance shop in Suffolk yesterday, some great bargains to be had. I bought a three seater Carlton for £949 delivered in Fabric that has been discontinued. Cost new would have been £2500. Also there is extra 10% off till tomorrow (sunday)

    Cheaper to buy a new one than get our old one covered
    Originally posted by chocolateteddy
    You certainly got a bargain there.

    We are in the process of having our multiyork chairs recovered by them this is costing £1200. For 2 chairs and a footstool. their sale seems to have been extended, as a advert in the daily mail today says save £100 for every £1000 spent--- ends soon, this seems to different from the sale they had running over xmas.
    I wish we lived near your branch in Mellis as our local store does not have a clearance section.
    • chocolateteddy
    • By chocolateteddy 28th Jan 13, 2:16 PM
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    Yes it was a bargain Multiyork have 3 clearence stores - Mellis Suffolk, Leeds and Reading, we have a two seater sofa that is still ok but covers are a bit threadbare but cost of recovering is too expensive so we are going to get a throw to go over it.
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