Decorating your living room with slipcovers can be tricky. How to choose the right slipcovers for your lifestyle? How to find a matching slipcover for your sofas, chairs and ottomans? How to make sure the slipcovers look like upholstery and not like cheap imitations? To successfully decorate your living room with slipcovers, take it one step at a time.
Step 1: Choose the Slipcover Pattern
Begin your search for the perfect living room slipcover online. Query: “Sofa slipcover” or “Chair slipcover” to find stores that specialize in slipcovers. Look at the styles until you find one you like. Sit in your living room while making this choice, and look at the sofa and chairs and imagine them in this slipcover.
Step 2: Choose the Slipcover Fabric
Make sure the pattern you like comes in the kind of fabric that will suit your lifestyle. If you have pets, choose a pet-friendly slipcover. If you intend to use the slipcover over furniture that will be used regularly, choose strong cottons and avoid velvet , silks or fabrics that will wrinkle easily.
Step 3: Measure Your Furniture for the Slipcover
Most furniture comes in two kinds, T-cushions and regular. Be sure to choose the right kind, then see what the slipcover measurements are. Slipcovers come in a range, and you want to be sure that the height and width of your living room sofa or chair will fall within this range; otherwise the slipcover will not fit.
Step 4: Find a Matching Set
To give your slipcover decor an elegant appeal, avoid combining several types of slipcovers. Know in advance which living room furniture needs a slipcover and shop for all of them at once. Make sure you find a matching slipcover for every item. If you cannot find these in one store, look in several places and buy piecemeal until you have a full collection. The only items you are unlikely to find slipcovers for are ottomans (discussed below).
Step 5: What to Do About Ottoman Covers?
Ottoman covers are difficult to find. The cheap ones are ugly, the tailored ones are ridiculously expensive. Instead, consider buying an extra loveseat or sofa slipcover and using the fabric to sew ottoman slipcovers and accent pillows (see the author’s living room makeover.)
Step 6: What to Do When the Slipcovers Arrive?
The slipcovers are likely to look different in real life from their online image. To judge whether they will work in your living room, open one slipcover only and safe the packaging in case you need to return it. Drape the slipcover over the chair or sofa and take a step back. Does the fabric look right for the room? If you are sure the answer is now, send the slipcovers back. If you are unsure, move on to the next step.
Step 7: Iron the Slipcover and Take Pictures
Take your time to carefully iron the slipcover. Only then will it develop the look of real upholstery. When done, take a digital picture of the chair or sofa and only then fit the slipcover over the furniture, tucking it in as directed in the instructions. Even if you feel very unsure at this point, don’t give up on the slipcover yet. Smooth it then take a picture of the finished chair.
Step 8: Compare “Before” and “After” Pictures
Any change tends to surprise us, making us poor judges of the result. Therefore, compare the “before” and “after” pictures to truly get a feel for what the slipcover achieved. Then go back into the living room and look at the slipcover with a fresh perspective, taking it in with the rest of the room’s decor. It’s a good idea to ask a friend to give their opinion too.
Step 9: Create Accent Pillows
Accent pillows sewn from the same fabric as the slipcovers will give your living room the look of professional upholstering. You can sew square pillow cases from an extra slipcover you buy in advance. Enclose your old living room pillows in the slipcover cases.
Step 10: Keep Your Slipcovers Tidy
You can buy a Slipcover Grip to help secure your slipcover in place, beneath the cushions. This long snake simply fits over the fabric but hidden away. This prevents the slipcover from slipping out as you sit on the sofa or chair.