Should I keep my big, old sofa or replace it?

White Cotton Bull Denim Slipcover for Sofa

Philip’s old Mitchell Gold sofa, updated with a washable white slipcover, is ready to move to his new place.

Should I keep my big, old sofa or replace it? That’s the question most of us ask when we are planning a move or redecorating.  It can be a tough decision especially if you still love the comfort and size of your sofa but hate the worn, outdated upholstery or slipcover.

Keeping your old sofa is a good option when:

  • Springs are still supportive.
  • Frame is still strong and stable.
  • Seat cushion inserts are still comfortable and show little compression.
  • Size and style still works well for your lifestyle and space.
  • You can get at a least 3 to 5 more years use out of it.
  • The cost of moving your sofa and/or updating it with a slipcover, or new upholstery, is more affordable than buying a new piece of similar quality.

For my customer, Philip, the answer was keep the sofa and update it with a new slipcover in washable, heavy weight white denim.

“It turned out fantastic! I am so happy with the color and the fit. Once I get moved, I’ll use a steamer to get out some of the wrinkles and adjust the Velcro, but on first fit, it looks perfect to me. 🙂 I can’t believe the stitching and seams and welting. It looks just as good, if not better than the original, not an imperfection to be found! That old, faded and cat scratched blue denim cover is long forgotten.” –Philip

Custom Sofa Slipcover in White Cotton Bull Denim

On the flip side, replacing your old sofa is a good idea when:

  • It no longer feels comfortable.
  • You have to spend money on fixing springs, replacing foam cushion inserts, repairing wobbly legs, etc. Repairs and cushion replacements are costly.
  • It’s been exposed to water damage, doesn’t dry out and develops mold inside. Now were talking health hazard.
  • The size and style no longer suit your needs.
  • Updating it with a new slipcover, or upholstery, costs more than buying a brand new piece of same quality and size. This is usually the case for large sectionals.

Still on the fence about keeping your sofa?

Make a list of pros and cons of keeping it vs. replacing it. Compare the costs between having it moved, updated with a slipcover or upholstery and replaced with a brand new piece. Consider space planning, sentimental value, budget, lifestyle and long term use.

Cotton-Linen Slipcovers for Flexsteel Classics

Linen Cotton Textured Slipcover

Judy, one of my local customers here in West Michigan, got new slipcovers today. And, boy do they look fantastic in her family room!

I pin fit her 12 year old classic Flexsteel sofa and oversized chairs with off-white washed linen-cotton. Don’t you love the tiny raised pattern?

Soft, thick and textured, this casual slipcover fabric is a pretty alternative to natural denim and canvas. It also worked like a charm covering the rosewood color upholstery.

Flexsteel Chair Slipcovers Linen Cotton

 

Worn & Loved Old Slipcovers Copied in White Denim

White Denim Slipcover for Wing Back Chair

Wendy’s classic wing back looks like a completely new chair in a white denim slipcover. No skirt looks great! Fabric: 12 oz. Cotton Bull Denim White 

White Denim Slipcover Copy Crate and Barrel

A slipcover copy in white denim replaces the stained and torn cover on Marc’s Crate & Barrel chair.  Fabric: 14 oz. Classic Denim Optic White

White Denim French Chair Slipcover

Christine’s shabby-chic style slipcover was worn and cat scratched. A slipcover copy in white denim makes her charming chair look new again. Fabric: 14 oz. Heavy White Denim

Dining Chair Dressed Up in Embroidered Slipcover

Dining room chairs slipcovered in embroidered cotton? That’s right and they are absolutely lovely, one placed at each end of Judy’s dining room table.

For this custom slipcover project I used unbleached muslin with candlewicking, a form of whitework embroidery. Not exactly the type of durable, heavy weight fabric I typically recommend for slipcovers.

If you’re a parent of small kiddos and/or pets you’re probably thinking NO WAY! I agree. However, for Judy’s occasional use, this fabric will function just fine.

I preshrunk the fabric, which relaxed the overall look and feel. I also lined the slipcover to add body.

Judy’s pair of vintage armchairs are the perfect size and style for mixing with her wood dining chairs. Her new slipcovers are the finishing touch to her very pretty dining room.

Vintage Dining Chairs with Embroidered Slipcovers

Slipcover Linen: A Pretty Alternative to Classic Grey

InstaLinen Slate Blue Chair Slipcover

Today I added a gorgeous new color to my list of favorites from Insta Linen’s Brazil Linen collection. It’s color Blue 5.

This grayish-blue shade is a soft slate color that can easily be used as a versatile neutral. It’s a very pretty alternative to classic grey.

I love how Blue 5 works with my customer’s hardwood floors, white walls and beige home furnishings!

Brazil Linen looks best when it’s pre-washed and styled in a relaxed, tailored slipcover. A softy crumpled texture and casual vibe are part of it’s charm and natural beauty.

For more linen slipcover inspiration, check out this pair of Quatrine slipcover copies in Brazil White and a simple cover for a wingback chair in Brazil Off White.

 

InstaLinen Brazil Blue 5 Linen Chair Slipcover