Making Your Own Slip Covers

by Karen Bates
(last updated October 24, 2014)

The way you choose to decorate the interior of your home can have an impact on many factors. For instance, the colors you use can influence your mood and your ability to relax. The furniture you place in your home can express part of your personality and can add a themed look to your home. Carpets, window treatments, pictures on the wall, and more can all have an effect on the way you feel at home, and little changes in decorating can make a difference to your mood and comfort level.

But what if you want to make a fairly drastic change to your furniture situation but don't have the means to replace what you have with something new? Growing tired of the same old thing can really take away from the good mood in your house, and when furniture starts to get old and drab you might start to feel fed up with how your home looks.

Luckily, there is a fairly easy solution to this problem. If you are feeling the need to change your furniture without buying a new couch, sofa, loveseat, or chairs, you might want to consider slipcovers.

Slipcovers are simply covers that you place on your furniture that fit securely and protect the surface. Although protection is one benefit of using a slipcover, one of the best reasons is to add a new look to boring furniture. You can get slip covers in a wide variety of designs, fabrics, colors, and textures to suit your tastes.

If you are crafty and want to take on a project, you can make slip covers for your furniture yourself. This is probably the most cost-effective way to transform your furniture from bland to beautiful.

To get started, first take measurements of the furniture pieces that you want to cover. Then you will need to select the right fabric. What you decide will depend on your home's color scheme, but you'll also want to pick something that will be both durable and comfortable. Next, drape your chosen fabric of the piece of furniture so you can make sure you will be getting the right fit. You will need to sew some pleats so that the slipcover will drape correctly over your furniture, and you may also need to apply ties that will allow you to adjust the cover to your furniture. Consider finding an online tutorial or using a helpful book to guide you through the process.

Making your own furniture slip covers might take a little time, but the work can be well worth it in the end when you have furniture that looks brand new.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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