Giving my furniture a new look!

How to get maximum out of your (old) furniture

PHOTOGRAPHY by Kimberley Zondag & Karien Anne

Give your furniture a new look easily!

As I have written before, I wanted to change my living room for a while now. Much daylight is falling into my house, but my living room still felt too dark and less atmospheric as the rest. I stumbled upon Bemz: a Scandinavian design company that lets you give your IKEA furniture a personal twist and a new life.

Bemz launched in 2005 by making customised covers for IKEA sofas, armchairs and chairs and even curtains, cushions and bedroom textiles – sewn to order in Europe. They believe in extending the life of a product, as there is no reason to throw away a perfectly good piece of furniture if the original fabric no longer suits your taste. And recycling or upcycling your old IKEA furniture also has a positive environmental effect!
You can create a personalised, coordinated look for your own furniture at home!

My choices

I could not choose between the hundreds of different natural fabrics, but eventually decided to go for a velvet look! I love my new Malmen Velvet Indigo Blue cover for my Nockeby sofa and gave my Pällbo Stools a Zaragoza Vintage Velvet Zinc look. To match the sofa with my stools, I chose to give my sofa cushions the same grey look as my footstools. And the fun thing is that the covers are easy to take off and machine washable.