There is absolutely no need to buy new furniture when you paint or remodel your home. Instead, incorporate slipcovers! Over the years the use of slipcovers has evolved. Once used to solely protect the upholstery fabric of precious furniture, slipcovers are now used to change up a room and make a new statement. Today a wide variety of slipcovers are readily available for purchase, but they can also easily be custom made, either by you or a professional. Keep reading for more information about slipcovers and how you can use them in your home dÃ©cor.
Types of Slipcovers
The practicality of slipcovers is a personal decision, and before you can decide if a slipcover is right for your furniture, you must know more about them. There are two types of slipcovers: ready made and custom fit. Letâ€™s take a closer look at each.
Ready made slipcovers pretty much have a â€˜one size fits allâ€™ design, which really has no defined shape. These types of slipcovers essentially cover the entire piece of furniture, leaving excess fabric that needs to be adjusted (i.e. tucked in) to fit your specific piece. Corkscrew pins are also available to help make the slipcover fit better.
Custom fit slipcovers are exactly thatâ€”custom made to fit your piece of furniture. Rather than having excess from one large fabric cover, each part of the piece will have itâ€™s own removable cover. Because they are custom made specifically for your furniture, it will cost more than ready made ones. However, you will be able to have exactly what you want because you get to personally pick the fabrics, colors and patterns.
What to Slipcover
With the exception of furniture such as recliners, which contain too many moveable parts, anything can benefit from a slipcover. Donâ€™t be afraid to branch out from the traditional sofa slipcover by tackling projects such as loveseats, chairs, ottomans, footstools, headboards, and lampshades. The list doesnâ€™t stop there. If there is something that needs an update, throw a slipcover on it.
Best Fabrics to Use
Picking the fabric for a slipcover is essentially the same process you would use if you were buying a new piece of furniture entirely. Things to consider would be:
- Location of the furniture
- Use of the furniture
- Ease to clean
- Purpose of slipcover (protection, design or both?)
Cotton, polyester or blends are always wise choices since they are durable and easy to clean. Other suggestions would be twill, denim, or even faux silks. If the piece you are covering will be in high traffic areas, take color and pattern into consideration as well.
Once you have your project planned out, come into Cutting Corners in Fort Worth to see all of the great discount designer fabrics available. Don’t miss all of our New Year Clearance, Closeouts, and Sales we have going making that project on your to-do list even more affordable! Need some drapery hardware or curtain rods for some other projects? We have those too and will be happy to help you with your selection!