You’ll be putting your house for sale soon. You had your staging consultation or your realtor has made some suggestions. Sofa not in its best shape? Here a solution when you’re on a budget and want to recycle your sofa and add tons of character at the same time.

Everybody knows IKEA. Whether you like it or not, you can’t deny its chain’s clever openness to hacks and products’ customization. One of such companies is Bemz. Its story starts…in Canada.

The founder & CEO, Lesley Pennington, is a graduate of Fine Art and Art History from University of Toronto. With Apple’s work experience in Silicon Valley, and after moving to Sweden and falling in love with the lifestyle, she had a brilliant idea. IKEA’s market is practically all over the world. But its designs, however stylish and inexpensive, quickly lose unique character. So what do you do to your old sofa to give it second life that is good for the environment at the same time? You order a slipcover and change the legs and you end up with stylish high-end looking piece.

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Bemz is not only beautiful, because its products are designed by fabric artists and famous designers. The company business model is excellent, with carefully and professionally thought over process. Not to mention marketing, branding and customer service where you can get free samples. “Every piece we make is sewn-to-order – a conscientious decision to manufacture on demand to reduce waste” says Bemz website.

The prices are very affordable (full sofa covers start from 130 CAD) and the end result brings good ROI when staging to sell a property. Fabrics choice is overwhelming: from type of materials, like velvet and linen, colors and patterns, not to mention product types like headboards, chairs and bean bags. And it doesn’t stop on IKEA’s in-stock items. You can customize the fit even for items no longer available.

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Be sure to check it out and stage you house for listing no one will walk away from. It’s the easiest way to recycle your sofa, armchair or even bed and add character.

If you’re stuck on the color choice here a little guide to start you off.

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Please note this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.


Ola Mochol

Femepreneur, Stager, Team Leader. Helps realtors and home owners transform empty listings into homes.


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