Furniture Makeover with Slipcovers

Save Money & Resources by Giving Old Furniture a Makeover
Does your furniture look worn, stained or outdated? You may think that your only choice is to discard it and start over with new furniture if you want your home to look attractive and stylish. But that does not have to be the case, especially if you are concerned about adding to landfills with your castoffs. You can completely change the look of your furniture and update the style of your room by using slipcovers.
Slipcovers offer a great way to dress up furniture that is in need of a pick-me-up. If you are handy with a sewing machine, you could even try to stitch up your own homemade covers. Here are some tips on how you can use slipcovers to decorate your home and save waste in landfills, thereby helping the environment:




Match Existing Decor

Invest in sofa slipcovers that will match the general décor and color scheme of your room, unless you intend to completely redecorate. Your slipcovers will look more attractive if they are complementary to the color of the walls and flooring.


Purchase Sturdy Slipcovers

For furniture that is used often, you will want sturdy slipcovers that can take a good bit of wear, made from a hardwearing fabric such as cotton duck or twill. This is particularly important if you have pets or children in your household. Your slipcovers will not be of much use if they quickly look even more worn than the furniture they are covering.


Consider All Rooms

Bear in mind that you are not limited to just your living room when using slipcovers. They can be used just as effectively in a dining room or kitchen, and there are even folding chair slipcovers available, which are especially useful when extra seating is needed for a family meal or during the holidays.

Covering Wooden Arms
For furniture with wooden arms, you may want to pad the arms with towels or some other type of padding before installing the slipcover, so that it will have a snug and comfortable fit.




Covering Leather Furniture

You may want to cover leather furniture with old blankets before applying a slipcover, thus preventing it from moving around on the leather.

Alternate Slipcovers
If you would like to change the look of your room periodically, perhaps for a special occasion or for a new season, you may want to choose several different styles of slipcover and alternate them occasionally. This technique will keep you from growing tired of the same appearance day after day.

Measure Furniture
Take measurements of your furniture before shopping for slipcovers, and purchase the ones that will most closely fit. You can use bunched up towelling to fill in any areas that might not have as snug of a fit as you would like.
Slipcovers offer an inexpensive way to decorate your home and save the environment from an added accumulation of material being dumped in landfills. You can change the appearance of your home without investing hundreds of dollars in new furniture as slipcovers will extend the life of your existing furniture. You will definitely be getting your money’s worth out of the items that you have previously purchased.


Another Tip on Redecorating

If you want to redecorate a room in your home but have a tight budget, you can purchase second-hand furniture at reduced prices and then use attractive slipcovers to change the appearance of the items. Slipcovers will add style and beauty to furniture that would otherwise look out of place.
You can use slipcovers to change the overall look of your home and to give new life to older furniture that would otherwise be discarded. Slipcovers will help to keep the environment cleaner by eliminating waste in landfills. By using them, you will not only be doing your part to help the planet, you will also be saving money by decorating your home economically.