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  It can be a tough decision especially if you still love the comfort and size of your sofa but hate the worn, outdated upholstery or slipcover.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

Worn & Loved Old Slipcovers Copied in White Denim

White Denim Slipcover for Wing Back Chair

Wendy’s classic wing back looks like a completely new chair in a white denim slipcover. No skirt looks great! Fabric: 12 oz. Cotton Bull Denim White 

White Denim Slipcover Copy Crate and Barrel

A slipcover copy in white denim replaces the stained and torn cover on Marc’s Crate & Barrel chair.  Fabric: 14 oz. Classic Denim Optic White

White Denim French Chair Slipcover

Christine’s shabby-chic style slipcover was worn and cat scratched. A slipcover copy in white denim makes her charming chair look new again. Fabric: 14 oz. Heavy White Denim

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.

Replacement Slipcovers in White Denim

This was a fun project for a customer in Northern California. Thomas requested replacement slipcovers for his armchair, ottoman and a couple of big, beautiful speakers.

I copied his worn out slipcovers in 12 oz. washable white cotton denim. For the speakers, I deconstructed one of the black dust covers and used it as a template to create protective covers in the same white denim.

Nothing like a few new slipcovers to make a living space feel refreshed. Looking good, Thomas!

Armchair and Ottoman White Denim Slipcovers

 

Top 5 Fabrics for White Slipcovers

White Denim Chaise SlipcoverUpdated May 11, 2017. Get ready for summer with casual, washable white slipcovers. Which white fabrics work the best?

Look for a medium to heavy weight, densely woven cotton or linen fabric that provides good coverage. You don’t want to see through it! Make sure your white fabric is durable and stable so it can be washed over and over again without pilling, shrinking or wearing thin in spots.

Here are five of my favorite white slipcover fabrics:

White Topsider Bull Denim —  Hands down my favorite white denim right now. This 12 oz. cotton denim is tightly woven and stable, which gives it good coverage and a substantial look. The white color is just right, not too bright or too creamy. Shrinkage: 6″ per on yard length and 3″ on the width.

Heavy White Denim Upholstery — A 14 oz. optic white cotton denim that feels more like a 12 oz. No problem! It’s still durable, very densely woven and has a crisp hand-feel. Expect it to soften up a bit when you pre-shrink it. Watch for small random flaws. Shrinkage: 3″ on a one yard length, 1″ on the width.

12 oz Cotton Canvas White — I like this heavyweight duck cloth (canvas) for simple white slipcovers that get a lot of use and frequent washing. It’s a good choice when lighter-weight white fabrics are not dense enough to cover dark colored upholstery. Shrinkage: White 3″ on a one yard length, 2″ on the width.

12 oz. Brazil Linen White —  After washed, Brazil linen takes on a lovely casual look, floppy drape and softly crumpled texture. Just like a good-quality 100% linen should! I like the 12 oz. weight. It feels substantial without being stiff or coarse. Works well for both tailored and loose fit slipcovers. Shrinkage: 5″ on a one yard length, 4″ on the width.

All fabrics listed above are machine washable. Be sure to preshrink your yardage before making your slipcover even if the fabric is labeled “pre-shrunk”. To avoid deep set wrinkles be sure to pre-shrink your yardage per my washing instructions.

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