Slipcover Buying Guide
So, what exactly are slipcovers? Slipcovers are fabric covers that are placed over existing upholstery. Many people opt for slipcovers instead of reupholstering their furniture, because they are easy to use and can be changed frequently. Whereas reupholstering involves replacing the existing fabric cover on a piece of furniture, slipcovers can be removed, cleaned, and changed at short notice. Because they are more economical than reupholstering, you can try different slipcovers, knowing that you won't still have to love them 10 years from now. Want to experiment with fun and funky colors and patterns? Try slipcovers! They are easily changed when you tire of them or when it's time to redecorate.
Today, the slipcover look has become very popular, and a broad range of ready-made and custom fitted covers is available. Ready-made slipcovers are fairly economical and cover your entire chair or sofa, including the cushions. They are designed to fit a wide range of furniture sizes and styles, and generally offer a casual, loose-fitting appearance. Custom fitted slipcovers are a step up in price, but can be fitted more precisely – they can even be ordered with separate covers for the removable back and seat cushions. While slipcovers are lately all the rage, their history dates back many centuries. In bygone times, slipcovers were often used to cover furniture that was upholstered in the finest fabrics.
The best thing about slipcovers is how quickly, and inexpensively, they can change the appearance and style of an entire room. If you are the type of person who likes to change your room's ambience depending upon the season — say, lighter fabrics in summer and heavier fabrics in winter — slipcovers will satisfy your need for change.
While slipcovers can be bought ready-made, those with the best fit are custom-made. If you are buying custom furniture that you want covered, it's a good idea to talk with the manufacturer or designer about having a slipcover made simultaneously. It's also a good idea to ask for the pattern, which is usually made out of muslin or lining cloth. The pattern can be stored, and then brought out the next time you feel the need to introduce new colors and patterns in your room.
Slipcovers can be made out of many different materials, from damask to chintz, from cotton ticking to denim, and they can be made to suit a wide variety of decors. When it comes to slipcovers, there is virtually no end to their versatility. Even if your furniture and its fabric are in good condition, you may wish to give your furniture a whole new look or protect the existing fabric by simply adding a slipcover.
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