Slipcover Buying Guide

sofa slipcover Slipcovers are an ideal way to revitalize and update old furniture.  Perhaps you are changing the color scheme of your room but don't have the budget to completely change your furniture.  Maybe your furniture has great "bones" but could do with a color or pattern update.  Or perhaps you have new furniture and wish to protect it in a way that's pretty, and not reminiscent of Grandma's plastic-covered couches!  In all of these situations, slipcovers are an excellent solution.

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.

dining room chair slipcovers 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.

Ready-Made Slipcovers (Featured Listing)

  • Sure Fit
    Ready-made slipcovers from Sure Fit are an economical way to renew your sofa or loveseat, add flair to your dining room chairs, or dress up your old recliner.  Available in a wide range of fabrics, styles, and colors, these furniture slipcovers are a fast, affordable way to decorate.

Custom Slipcovers

  • Peg's Slip Covers
    Ohio-based designer of custom slip covers for more than 30 years.  Find slip cover fabric calculator plus tips and tricks.
  • Pat Reese
    Texas-based provider of custom slipcovers, draperies, and home decor education.

Slipcover Patterns and Resources

  • Slipcovers Etc
    Slipcover resource directory covers custom and ready made slipcovers, seminars and trade events, books and articles, and related links.
  • Slip Covers Directory
    Directory of slip cover product and service providers in the United States of America.

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