Monday, July 25, 2011

Design Tips: DIY Slipcovers cool down your furniture.

Warm, cozy and inviting. Ugh! Usually, these are desirable characteristics you want for your home. But it’s late July and a huge section of the country is currently cooking in its own juices.

And your furniture probably isn’t helping you feel any better. Your nubby brown wool sofa is so nice in the winter but scratchy and hot now! Yikes! That lovely paprika leather chair? Unstick yourself! Here are some cool comfy and refreshing ways to handle the heat.

Slip covers are a fast way to freshen the look and feel of chairs and sofas. And they are a far cry from the yucky stuff from the 1970s. Fabrics are nicer, colors are better and some even come with stretch in the fabric itself for a better fit.


I like big unfitted covers best, that way you’ll never need to figure out an exact fit. Loose, breezy and casual is the look you want anyway, and you can whip them off in a flash if they need to be washed or replaced. Stick to whites and light colors to keep it fresh.


Pottery Barn, Ikea and Target all have good selections of covers. Shop first to find a style you like, then measure your furniture to make sure you’ll get what you need. Other companies, including Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams as well as Pottery Barn and many others sell furniture that come with slip covers as a style.

Or, if you’re handy with a sewing machine, shop for a pretty, lightweight and machine washable fabric at your favorite fabric store. Measure your sofa lengthwise from floor, up over the arms, drop down to the seat, across the whole seating area, up and over the other arm and back down to the floor.

Two pieces of fabric 50-60 inches wide should do it, but make sure you check the dimensions first. Finish the cut edges (I don’t cut the selvage off – I’m lazy that way) and stitch the two pieces together lengthwise.

And look! You have a fresh new look for your sofa for the season. Pretty sheets also work well for chairs. And you probably already own some.

Until next time!

--Elaine Bothe


Photos courtesy of:

Pottery Barn, Target and Mitchel Gold + Bob Williams.

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