It seems like for the longest time grey slipcovers were considered mostly for industrial decor and boys’ bedrooms.
Grey fabric options for custom covers were limited to stiff, dry clean only canvas and nubby synthetic upholstery. If you shopped for grey denim online not too long ago you probably came up short. I sure did.
Finding a washable, durable denim for slipcovers in a good grey was tricky.
Fortunately that has changed!
From pale ash to rich charcoal, grey cotton denim is now easier to find and has become a popular neutral for slipcovered furniture. Grey denim covers are showing up in all types of home decor: farmhouse, coastal, cottage, cabin, transitional and modern.
My favorites are the darker shades. They look fantastic after washed….that’s when the magic happens. The grey color gets a bit ashy meaning it fades ever so slightly giving the denim (twill weave) a softly worn appearance.
One of the best sources for grey denim right now is Big Duck Canvas. Beautiful grey shades in 10 to 12 oz denims that are washable, offer very good coverage and durable enough for everyday slipcovers. Here’s what I like most:
Cocoa Grey Cotton Bull Denim 10 oz
Gun Metal Cotton Bull Denim 12 oz
Charcoal Cotton Bull Denim 12 oz
Chrome Cotton Bull Denim 12 oz
Cement Cotton Bull Denim 12 oz
Ash 50% Cotton/50% Poly Bull Denim 12 oz
In addition to the grey denims from Big Duck you might also like this 11 oz Charcoal Beefy Brushed Cotton Denim from Carr Textile.
Why grey denim and not grey canvas? It’s a personal preference. I like the look of grey on the denim twill weave texture better than a flat weave canvas.
Both denim and canvas are strong, versatile fabrics that make a good looking and durable slipcover. Consider the look you’re going for, your budget and what kind of use your slipcover will get. Buy a yard of each denim and canvas in the grey colors you like, wash them and throw them over your furniture to see which one speaks to you.
Thinking of going grey on your next slipcover? Below are a few examples I think will inspire.
Shelley Anderson at Slipcovers by Shelley made this wonderful washed cotton denim slipcover (above) using one of the grey colors from Big Duck. The look is comfortable and casual.
Shannon at Home Made Lovely swapped out her difficult to clean white slipcover for this grey Ikea cover (above). It’s not denim but the overall look gives you an idea of how a darker shade of grey can work as a versatile neutral in a monochromatic color palette.
Grey slipcovers don’t have to look dull and dreary. A rich grey shade can actually brighten a room when contrasted with a light color palette of white, cream, natural hemp and wicker tones.
*The Big Duck denims listed above are my affiliate links. When you purchase a swatch or yardage I earn a tiny commission, which helps in a small way with the cost of maintaining my website. You do not pay more for these fabrics. All of my suggestions and reviews are my own. I only recommend fabrics I have used, tested or know for sure they will make a good slipcover.