Category Archives: attached back slipcovers

How I Slipcovered This Tricky Attached Back Chair

Arhaus Chair Before Slipcover MakeoverFiguring out the best way to slipcover this attached back chair was a puzzle at first.

Should I detach the two back cushions and replace them with one loose slipcovered cushion?  Or, if I leave the cushions attached should I cover them separately? Or, cover them as one?

I chewed on those questions for several days after receiving Priscilla’s photos of her Arhaus chair. And, even then I wasn’t coming up with a definite answer!

The problem was I couldn’t tell from her pictures if it was feasible to remove the back cushions. Some pillow-style back cushions should not be detached. Read why. I also couldn’t get a sense of how deep the tuck-ins were at the side and bottom or how they were shaped.

When the chair arrived at my workroom I was able to pull and poke at those cushions from every direction. I could see and feel how they were attached. I had my answer! Continue reading

The Slipcover Maker’s Guide to Detaching Back Cushions

Slipcover over attached pillow back cushions on a chair or sofa and you’ll likely end up with a sloppy fit.

The fabric never stays put. It shifts and poofs out around the cushion every time you sit down. Straightening and tucking the slipcover becomes a daily thing.

I rarely pin fit a piece with attached cushions. Too much work, poor results. Instead, I detach the cushions (when possible) and cover each one individually. Here’s how I do it: Continue reading

Tailored Slipcover for Loveseat with Attached Back

Loveseat with Attached BackAttached back cushions on a sofa or loveseat can be a little tricky to slipcover.

To get the best fit, I detach them and cover each one individually. This method is actually very simple and works great when the attached cushions are pillow-style.

For this slipcover project, however, that wasn’t the case. The back cushions were upholstered to the love seat frame. Detaching them was not an option.

Instead, I designed the slipcover to encase the attached cushions with a tailored fit using boxing panels.

Slipcover Example of Attached Cushions

Boxing the attached cushions at top, sides, center and bottom required a lot of extra work. This was not a beginner’s project! But the results are worth it. The slipcover functions better and looks more professional than had I created a one-piece tuck-in style cover.

Fabric for this project: 10 oz. cotton/poly canvas in color Charcoal from Big Duck Canvas.

This medium weight blend has a finer weave and smoother hand-feel than basic cotton canvas. It feels more like a densely woven poplin. Very durable for a 10 oz.  Very little shrinkage and low wrinkle. Pet owners beware: hair sticks easily to this fabric.

Attached Cushions with Boxed Panels