Got young kids but also want a stylish living room? What you need is the elusive sofa with washable cover. We went on the hunt for couches and sofas that can be easily cleaned: here’s where you can find them in Singapore…
If you’ve been getting a case of home envy after getting a peek at the pads of lifestyle blogger Charlie Cameron of Lottie is Loving and super stylist Hong Henwood of Affordable Style Files, and know that buying a fab new rug is not going to fix your current living room situation, listen up. When you have dirty paws, fingers, feet and drooling, drippy messy little mouths on your sofa, day in, day out, you need a sofa with removable covers. Period.
We learnt the hard way, and we had to replace our newish sofa after a few short months, as a beige linen sofa without removable covers is a bad choice if you have little people in your house (note to self). After coming to terms with the fact our sofa was never going to be beige again, we hunted high and low, and to bring you the shortlist of where you can find the best washable, removable sofa covers in Singapore (and yes, we treated ourselves to a new couch).
We are big fans of this industrial-modern interior decor store, and we were thrilled to find they stock the Aruba sofa – with removable covers. We love the linen-ish look, the skinny arms, combined with the deep, comfortable seat and loose cushions – a winning combo in our book. And it comes in three shades: charcoal, linen flax and light brown. Sweet.
HOT TIP: Journey East is currently offering 20% off all furniture until 3 July, and as part of its Great Singapore Sale promo, there are also crazily discounted pieces at clearance prices!
315 Outram Road, #03-02, Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074; www.journeyeast.com
Whilst IKEA doesn’t offer removable, washable covers – we did discover the joy of Bemz, a design company that allows you to personalise your IKEA sofa (or armchair or ottoman) with their machine washable covers in over 250 beautiful fabrics. Heads up: this brilliant online service is actually based in Sweden, but delivers to Singapore! We think it’s a great way to update your sofa if IKEA is no longer producing that range (btw IKEA people, if you are reading this… please bring back the Karlstad sofa for us!)
Another favourite of ours, Originals also offers clever sofas with removable covers. We love the chunky wide-arm designs in the Originals showroom in Bukit Timah (check out that beautiful blue linen three-seater!) but then again, we love everything in this dreamy space… #dontbringhubbyalong
896 Dunearn Road, Sime Darby Centre #02-03, Singapore 589472; www.originals.com.sg
Have you been to the new Harvey Norman megastore at Millenia Walk? This massive store with a footprint of over 100,00 square feet has an impressive selection of sofas, along with kids’ bedroom furniture, and we can’t resist the affordable and on-trend home accessories. In terms of sofas, you need to wait approximately four to six weeks for delivery, so this is not perfect if you are in a hurry – but definitely worth a visit.
Millenia Walk branch, No 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-59 to 63, #02-37 to 41, #03-02, Singapore 039596. Plus various outlets; www.harveynorman.com.sg