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Slipcovers offer instant room makeover
There are many reasons to use is a loose-fitting cover that can are included as well. This option out your slipcover. Most
slipcovers in your home. Perhaps be tossed over the sofa to cover gives you a look that most slipcovers are designed to
you’ve just moved, and your cur- it. There is little tucking required, resembles an upholstered sofa, accommodate the
rent sofa set doesn’t quite match or shape to this type of slipcover. with the convenience of a cover thick arms of
the new color scheme. Typically, this is an inexpensive that can in many cases be today’s sofa
Maybe you’ve just had a baby find carried by most major removed and laundered. styles.
and you want to protect your fur- department stores. Each slipcover manufacturer ■ Slipping
niture from wear and tear. Or you The next grade of slipcover is will offer guidelines on choosing and sliding
like the versatility of being able one that is more fitted. It might one that is the right size. They - If you are
to change the look of a room on be constructed with elastic will probably carry standard placing a
a whim. Whatever the reason, around the base skirt, and it will sizes, such as recliner, large slipcover
here are some handy tips when probably be a little more tailored chair, love seat and sofa. Follow over a leather
considering slipcovers. to fit the shape of a sofa. It will the manufacturers’ directions for or vinyl sofa, it
Slipcovers come in different not be a custom-fit—you’ll still measuring across the width of may slide around a bit.
types, varying by fit and price, have to do your share of tucking your furniture to determine the Use nonskid strips, similar to
color and pattern. The most basic and adjusting to achieve a look cover that will be the closest fit. those used under area rugs, first and
that closely resembles an uphol- Some other ways to achieve a placed directly on the sofa before to make sure durable.
stered sofa—but it will be proper fit include: you put on your slipcover to keep
PURCHASE appealing to the eye.
Select department stores carry
■ Tucking trouble - If your
sofa is void of a suitable tucking
things in place.
■ Techniques for tucking -
the dryer won’t damage the
fabric. In many cases, the dryer
It is a wonderful,
year-round fabric that retains
or fitted slipcovers as well as spe- area, meaning there is no crease Use a wooden spoon to tuck into
can also be used to shrink the
slipcover to ensure a better fit.
color beautifully. Machine
washable. Perfect for easy deco-
REFINANCE cialty interior design shops.
between the sofa back and the
arms, create neat pleats in the
hard-to-reach areas. In addition,
use a magazine rolled up and
There are many fabrics and
styles used today for premade
◗ Damask: Cotton/polyester
Let me help! are the priciest of the bunch. slipcover, by folding over sec- secured with a rubber band or slipcovers. They’re designed to blend. A traditional weave with
Pre-approval to purchase Here, your sofa is measured by a tions, and then tuck as usual into specially-designed foam tubes be durable and easy to care for. an elegant and luxurious texture.
representative from the slipcover where the bottom cushions meet sold at stores that carry slipcov- It is easy to locate a cover that
a new home Machine washable.
manufacturer, interior designer the seat back. ers. They often may also be will work for your particular ◗ Denim: 100 percent cotton.
Cash to consolidate debts or furniture store, and a slipcover ■ Thin arms - Beef up the ordered directly from slipcover design scheme. One of the most durable fabrics
is manufactured to the exact arms of your sofa with some manufacturers. Consult with the Here are some common fab-
or home improvements in a twill weave, prewashed for
specifications. upholstery batting from a fabric store for more information. rics and their wearability:
Please call or email extra softness. Machine wash-
Often, matching pillow covers supply store or craft center to fill ■ Wrinkle reducer - To take ◗ Cotton Blends: Fiber con- able.
JEAN BULLOCK care of wrinkles, throw the slip- tents vary. Easy-care, lightweight ◗ Olefin Blends: Fiber contents
cover in the dryer with a damp fabric that drapes beautifully. vary. Olefin is a favorite uphol-
843.860.5188 towel for a few minutes. Just
check the cleaning and care tag
Fabric becomes softer after just
one washing. Wrinkle-resistant -
stery fabric because it is strong,
lightweight, stain-resistant, and
remove promptly from the dryer colorfast. The blending of Olefin
Search for your and it needs no ironing. with polyester, cotton and acrylic
new home online at my ◗ Cotton Duck: 100 percent fibers creates machine-washable
new website cotton. A medium-weight cloth,
cotton duck is soft, breathable
slipcovers perfect for everyday
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