Voila! A custom-fit slipcover for my bargain Bergère style armchair.
I got lucky. I found this Bergère French chair at my local ReStore and paid only $50!!
Now, my mind is whirling with slipcover design ideas. As with any slipcover project, there are a lot of decisions to make about fit, fabric, function and cost.
And, then there is the million dollar design question: should I cover the wood or expose it?
In today’s post, I share the first steps in designing a budget-friendly slipcover for my bargain Bergère.
I love the look of white slipcovers. They brighten up a space and are super versatile. I can easily live with them year round.
My customer, Nellie, loves them, too. Every piece of her furniture (including the sofa above) in her living room and family room is covered with white slips. And, she has five kids and a dog!!
I’ve worked with many different white fabrics over the years and I always return to my favorite denims and canvas. They are heavy weight, densely woven and washable. All of them provide very good coverage over most upholstery colors and textures.
I also found an 8 oz. cotton chino twill in white that I really like for medium weight slipcovers. I share the link further down in this post.
When choosing a white fabric make sure it’s durable and has a stable weave so it can be washed on a regular basis (at least 3 times per year) without pilling, developing weak spots or shrinking excessively.
Here are my favorite washable white slipcover fabrics: Continue reading