Do you have children or pets?
Like to change the look of your interiors?
Eat on the sofa ?(oh, you know you do).
Here are some things you should keep in mind when slipcovering.
Consider slipcovers on dining chairs or bar stools. Our barstools came with removal, velcro-ed covers. They are a cinch to wash when food gets on them.
Having slipcovers made often costs as much as reupholstery.
So, decide if your furniture piece is worth it.
Do you like the design and is it in good shape?
Have slipcover fabric washed before fabrication.
First, try washing a swatch. The fabricator may charge you $1 to $2 per foot to wash the fabric for you (which may be worth it if you have large quantities).
Look for white, off white, taupe or oatmeal fabric on sale or at a discount outlet. I use 100% linen, cotton/linen blends, cotton basket weaves or cotton twill fabrics.
Purchase at least 10% more fabric for shrinkage and if want to have throw pillows made...or to back expensive, designer fabric pillows with it.
Generally stick with solid fabrics in the colors mentioned above so that you can change your look.
Here you can see how Debbie changes her living room from winter to spring.
Make sure your fabric is sturdy enough to hold up to wear and is thick enough not to be able see through it.
Vignette Design uses heavy woven, vintage Hungarian linen on her dining chairs...
and she even had them beautifully monogrammed.
Use slipcovers to change or update the design.
Notice the simplicity of the drape on this sofa from
And here is another updated simple slipcover from The Iron Gate from T&G.
I love these chairs.
White is good for cleaning with mild bleach and stain removers.
When in doubt about the fabric, dry-clean the slipcover.
I dry-clean some of my throw pillow covers, too...since I have ruined a few (with fading, bleeding or shrinkage) in the washing machine. More on Pillow Care here.
Your slipcover can be sewn for a loose, casual look or tailored for a more formal design. Either way, I think they are great.
How about you?