When you look at a before and after slipcover photo what do you notice?
My guess is it’s the fabric and color that catches your eye first. Then the fit, right?
What you might not see right away are the many subtle design details that went into making the slipcover look and perform it’s best. They are creative updates and functional fixes that make all the difference between a so-so slipcover and one that is awe inspiring.
How do you know which design details to add, omit or improve when you make a slipcover?
I’ll use Leah & Scott’s sofa project as an example to show you how I do it.
There comes the day in the life of a sleeper sofa when no one — I mean NO one — wants to sleep on it anymore. The mattress is kaput.
Around that time you begin to notice how outdated the upholstery looks. You wince every time you walk by it. As one customer puts it, “Blech.”
So, you ask yourself should I keep it or get rid of it?
The good news is your well loved pullout couch doesn’t have to go by the wayside just because the mattress is shot and the upholstery is ugly. If you have a classic design that is structurally sound and the cushions still offer good support it can easily be updated with a slipcover and become a great looking, comfortable sofa for everyday use.
Here are 3 design tips for giving your old sleeper sofa a new look and function:
I think this project is THE slipcover makeover of the summer! What a transformation!
My customer found this big, comfy Henredon sofa on Craigslist complete with thick quilted floral upholstery. There was no doubt in her mind that a washable, white denim slipcover would give it the style boost it needed to fit right in with her other white slipcovered furniture and vintage eclectic decor.
For this custom cover, I used 12 oz white cotton bull denim from Big Duck Canvas and trimmed it with navy bull denim. Both fabrics were factory seconds but you’d never know it — very good quality and no major flaws.
I changed the outdated kiss-pleat design on the back cushions to a narrow boxing and updated the skirt with 8″ wide box pleats all the way around. It’s those little details that make all the difference.
Tip: if you want to use a dark color welt trim on your light color slipcover be sure to test it first for crocking and bleeding.