Category Archives: sofa slipcovers

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  It can be a tough decision especially if you still love the comfort and size of your sofa but hate the worn, outdated upholstery or slipcover.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

 

Sofa Slipcover Makeover from Bold Print to Solid White

Sofa Slipcover Copy in White Denim

When it comes to slipcover fabrics are you drawn to prints or do you prefer a solid color?

I like both but more often than not I choose a neutral solid. It acts as a blank canvas and makes my slipcover super versatile. I think of a neutral color as quite, soothing and easy to live with.

By contrast, a fabric print comes with its own unique personality. It gives a slipcovered sofa or chair a distinctive style, which could be the perfect focal piece for your space or just a fun accent.

Either way, the beauty of a slipcover is you can enjoy a fabric print for as long as you like and then swap it out for a solid….or the other way around.

For this slipcover copy my customer, Maura, sent me her bold abstract print slipcover to copy in a creamy white denim. You can see how going from a print to a solid completely changes the look and mood of her sofa and living space.

Linen Slipcover Copy for Cisco Sofa

Sofa Slipcover Copy in Natural Linen

Natural Heavyweight Linen for SlipcoversA quality heavy weight linen makes a beautiful and long wearing slipcover. One of my favorites is Manchester Natural Brown.

This linen has a European look & feel that never goes out of style. I especially like the authentic flax color, a warm neutral that works with everything.

Manchester Linen is thick and weighty. It’s best suited for classic, washable slipcovers that have simple details — an ideal choice for my customer’s pair of Cisco sofas.

Sofa Slipcover Copy in Silk

Sofa Slipcover Replacement in Silk

An old slipcover that has its original fit still in tack is my favorite to copy. It makes the best template — no fit issues.  My customer’s silk cover was one of those.  The fabric was worn and torn in spots but that didn’t interfere at all with making a good fitting slipcover copy.

My customer found exactly the same drapery weight silk used in the original.  How lucky was that!?  By using a good template and same fabric, I was able to recreate the fit, look and function (including a full lining) of the old slipcover.

When my customer received his new slip he replied: “Very impressed. Thanks for the beautiful work.”  Happy customer, happy me. 🙂

Back View of Silk Sofa Slipcover