SLIPCOVERS


A word or two about slipcovers... 

Slipcovers can be an excellent solution when you want to change the look of a piece of furniture. Fabric, and to an extent, design changes (like adding or removing a skirt) are often all that you need to make an old piece look new. Because the original upholstery stays in place, a slipcover is usually less costly than reupholstering. Structural problems like broken springs, saggy webbing or worn out foam & fill cannot be fixed with a slipcover and should be taken to an upholsterer. 

Unlike upholstery, slipcovers aren't stapled or nailed to the furniture frame. The fabric is slipped over the piece and tucked in to the seat and/or back to hold it in place. Furniture that gets heavy use will need to be re-tucked periodically.  

Slipcovers can be washable if you choose sturdy washable fabric and pre-launder before construction. Be sure to remove it carefully, close zippers, pre-treat stains and wash in cool water. Tumble dry on low or line dry until damp. Put the slipcover back on while it's damp and smooth out any wrinkles. A good spray with Scotchguard after washing will really help extend the time between cleanings. 


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Drop cloth barrel chairs












Queen Anne sofa in washed cotton/linen. 


Wing chair in classic toile for a bedroom.


Ottoman slipcovered in upholstery weight ticking. Inside pleat has the stripe on the horizontal for a little interest. 



Wing chair slipcovered in blue paisley print. 



Wing chair slipcovered in blue and cream ticking stripe. 


Vintage sofa slipcovered in blue/gray poly linen. See the before HERE






A pair of tub chairs slipcovered in metallic brown linen with reversible seat cushions. One side features a graphic woven design and the other is solid linen.





Queen Anne chairs in creamy denim twill. Before pictures HERE




Bassinet for a baby boy with a charming removable monogram. See the original piece HERE.








Two large chairs and their ottomans become a grouping with the same fabric.




Navy microsuede on a vintage wing chair. 



Pre-washed 12oz brushed denim on a pair of wing chairs.






English arm club chair got an extreme makeover with a drop cloth. See the Before HERE


An old family chair and mismatched ottoman work together with drop cloth slipcovers. See the Before HERE











A set of worn out leather parsons chairs gets a new look for little money with drop cloth slipcovers. Faux button detail on the back hides a zip closure. 




Original fabric designed by my daughter and purchased through Spoonflower on a thrifted chair for her graphic design senior exhibit. 



Easy care Sunbrella indoor/outdoor fabric on a family room sofa. 





A dramatic and surprisingly affordable update for a grouping. I particularly love the ottoman treatment- a 2" band of the contrast around the lower edge. Fabric is Carr-Go brushed canvas in Natural trimmed with Pottery Barn brushed canvas in Harbor Blue. 






Inexpensive cotton ticking looks crisp yet casual on a pair of club chairs. I had a little fun with the stripes on the pillow fronts. 




A pair of  wing chairs to partner with the loveseat below. See the finished room HERE.





Loveseat in fully lined polished cotton with contrast piping. 






Similar but different club chairs look nearly identical in  black & cream striped cotton slipcovers. 



Pretty embroidered linen host chairs. Read more about these HERE




Front and back view of sofa in heavyweight slubby linen with applied trim on the skirt. 





Brushed canvas in Stone on an Ethan Allen sofa chosen to complement the vibrant new chairs. 









Mismatched parsons chairs become a pair with fabric and design.



A thrift store find slipcovered in vintage waverly print for a sweet little bedroom chair.



A rocker/glider refreshed and ready for the next generation. 




Denim slipcover on a sleeper sofa.













A pair of these are done in cozy black microsuede. See the before Here






Martha Washington chair in a cheery traditional floral. See the Before HERE





Khaki & white in a linen look poly on a handsome little chair. 








Luxury linen on a pair of rolled arm club chairs with double applied trim accent band on the skirts.




Oversize polka dots in lime green and white on a nursery rocker.





Parsons Chairs in gray & cream ikat. 



Traditional style sofa in cream cotton duck. See the before HERE






Cocktail ottoman in a happy linen print. 





Fraternal twins. A pair of wing chairs in white linen are identical except for the applied trim on their 6" skirts.


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Sweet little bedroom chair in white matelasse with navy cording & trim. The skirt is gathered instead of pleated at the corners for a feminine touch. 
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Indoor/outdoor fabric on a pair of wing chairs. See the details HERE

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Whimsical chair in fun polka dot cotton twill. See the before HERE


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Club chairs slipcovered in cotton houndstooth. See the "before" HERE


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Queen Anne sofa slipcovered with 2 drop cloths. See the "before" HERE


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A pair of parsons chairs slipcovered in cream & taupe striped linen. 

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Tropical prints slipcovers for a beach rental. 

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Little girl's chair with monogram. See the before HERE

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Drop cloth slipcover. 


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Dated sofa & loveseat slipcovered in blue & white Duralee stripe. See before

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Cute and curvy loveseat in whimsical animal print. See before HERE


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A seventies era chair gets crisp a new look in navy, white & green. See the before HERE.


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A well loved family sofa is slipcovered in blue/green cotton. Before photo HERE.

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A pair of wing chairs slipcovered in white washable brushed canvas. See the "before" HERE.

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Oversized wing chair with chambray & cream ikat cotton slipcover..

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Natural denim slipcovers cover worn upholstery and hide the risers that were added to make this furniture more user-friendly for it's elderly owner. See the "before" HERE.

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Pair of rolled arm club chairs and an ottoman slipcovered in  printed linen. Details HERE.

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Chaise lounge slipcovered in basketweave linen. See full post HERE

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Swivel rocker slipcovered in slubby linen. See the full post HERE

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Formal-ish wing chair is covered in a fun printed linen. See the before HERE


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A pair of club chairs and ottoman in hard-wearing, washable cotton twill. Like a good pair of khakis, these will age beautifully. See full post HERE.

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A solid old club chair went from hand me down to classic comfy seating for a family room. This will get a lot of use and the sturdy linen weave fabric can take it. See the before here.


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Parsons chairs from the Habitat Restore become host chairs for a formal dining room. These were done in upholstery weight chenille, which is really too heavy for anything other than the simplest of projects.


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Club chair, re-imagined in a casual cotton stripe.

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White denim slipcovers on a sofa & loveseat. 

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Parsons chair in a textured poly cotton that resembles burlap.


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Extreme makeover of a gross office chair. Fabric is inexpensive cotton duck from Hobby Lobby.

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These dining room chairs enjoyed a makeover.
Click here for more pictures and the full post. A very fun project!


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Classic sofa slipcovered in rich and comfy velvet. Click here to view the full post.

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