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3 Slipcover Design Tips for Updating Your Old Sleeper Sofa

Sleeper Sofa Slipcover Ticking

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Around that time you begin to notice how outdated the upholstery looks.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:

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Blue Canvas Slipcover for Big Sectional Sofa

Sectional Sofa Before New Slipcover

Keep the sectional. Replace the slipcover.  That was always my customer’s plan from the day they purchased their well-made furniture 10 + years ago.

Updating a large sectional with a new slipcover is often more economical than throwing out the entire piece and starting over.  Especially when the cushions and sofa sections are in excellent shape.Robert Allen Canvas Sectional Slipcover

For this slipcover makeover, I covered the 13 feather wrapped cushions and 4 sofa sections with 10 oz cotton canvas.  My customer chose a blue color similar to her original slipcover. It looks so pretty in her airy and light filled living room on Gull Lake.Canvas Slipcover for Chaise Sectional

Slipcover Fabric Alternative


When a high-end decorator fabric isn’t an option, consider an apparel fabric for your slipcover. That’s what we did for my customer, Pam, who needed 35 yards to cover her large sectional sofa.

We shopped the apparel fabric section at Field’s Fabrics and found a durable, and pretty, cotton twill for only $4 per yard in just the right color and weight….perfect for her family friendly sectional.

A medium-weight cotton twill, canvas or plain weave with a soft drape and tight weave (designed for pants and jackets) are good fabric alternatives for most casual slipcovers.