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Thread: Slipcovers

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    Anyone ever made slipcovers for a sofa and loveseat? I want to make some but want to know, before investing all that money, if anyone has made them are you happy with how they looked when they were done and on the furniture.

    I have a Lazy Boy sofa and love seat. They're over 20 years old and still in very good condition. Actually they look brand new. I can't justify buying new furniture just because I'm sick of looking at these. I checked into having them reupholstered. Might just as well buy new ones, not much difference in price. My last option is slipcovers. I know they all look very nice in pictures but do they look as nice on the furniture in the home? JoAnn's has all their home dec furniture 50% off right now. I though this would be the time to go buy it if this is what I plan on doing. If you've made slipcovers, any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Diana

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    I haven't made any but thought this might help you.
    http://www.fabricworkshop.com/slipcov1.htm

    There's probably YouTube videos too if you check. They seem to have everything!

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    i made slipcovers about 40 years ago. i purchased fabric that had a non-slip backing on it. without that backing, i don't think i would have been happy.

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    I made a quilted cover for a wingback chair but for the sofa/love I buy Surefit. The idea is too much like dealing with king size quilts - just a LOT of fabric.

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    It all depends on the style of the sofa and chair. Overstuffed do not slipcover well, JMO. However, the classic styles do. I used to cover furniture with my mom and the snugger the fit the better the cover laid. She also would put zippers down the side back seams of her slipcovers to make taking on and off easier. I would assume most patterns now a days would have that. Youtube would be a great source as well as your local library. Just takes patience.:)

    http://www.google.com/search?q=youtu...ls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

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    I thought about slipcovering our sofas, ugh. Instead the sales associate at the paint store told me to pull out a totally different colour from the fabric for the walls, it would make the furniture look brand new. It worked!!!! Now I love the set all over again. Just a suggestion.

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    Making a slipcover for a recliner may be a lot different than for a stationary couch or chair.(I'm assuming you have recliners since it is LazyBoy) I ordered one slipcover from Surefit but wasn't pleased with the quality. It was so thin you could see the pattern of the original upholstery through it. I sent it back. Good luck.

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    I have made several slipcovers. I've done several chairs, a sofa, and a sectional sofa. I was quite happy with mine. If they are fitted right they won't slip, unlike purchased slipcovers. Get a book from the library with good instructions. Take your time. There is a lot of fitting and pinning. Mine fit like a glove and looked like original upholstery.

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    Thank you to everyone for all the helpful suggestions and links. I've spent the day watching all the vidoes and have bookmarked all of them so I can return to them later.

    Library, never thought of that. I'll have to make a trip this week.

    Actually my Lazy Boy is a sofa and loveseat. When I bought them I was surprised. I was under the assumption Lazy Boy only made recliners. The paint is a good idea. Unfortunately I've had these so long I've pulled all the colors out and used them all (four different colors) over the past 20+ years. The last time I painted, two years ago, I tried a color not in the sofa's. I like the wall colors and honestly think that's what makes me want something different, more in the colors of the wall.

    Thank you again everyone. Appreciate you taking the time to help me.

    Diana

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    Hi, my name is Jennifer Hill, I have been making slipcovers for 30 years. Yes, they are expensive, but worth the investment if they are done right, especially if you have pets or small children.

    They run about the same price as reupholstery is a professional person is doing them for you. You can do them yourself if you have some experience with sewing, I would suggest some cheap fabrics.

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