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Published: Thursday, 1/26/2006

Slipcovers Offer Instant Room Redo

Perhaps you ve just moved, and your current sofa set doesn t quite match the new color scheme. Maybe you want to protect your furniture from wear and tear. Or you like the versatility of being able to change

the look of a room. Here are some handy tips when considering slipcovers.

SLIPCOVER STYLES

The most basic slipcover is loose-fitting and can be tossed over the sofa to cover it. There is little tucking required, or shape to this type of slipcover. Typically, it is an inexpensive find carried by most major department stores.

The next grade of slipcover is one that is more fitted. It might be constructed with elastic around the base skirt, and will probably be more tailored to fit the shape of a sofa. It will not be a custom-fit, but it will be appealing to the eye.

Custom-designed slipcovers are the priciest of the bunch. Here, your sofa is measured by an interior designer or furniture store, and a slipcover is manufactured to the exact specifications. Matching pillow covers may be included. This option gives you a look that most resembles an upholstered sofa, with a cover that can be removed and laundered.

FIT TIPS

Each slipcover manufacturer will offer guidelines on choosing one that is the right size. They will probably carry standard sizes, such as recliner, large chair, love seat and sofa. Some ways to achieve a proper fit include:

Tucking trouble

If there is no crease between the sofa back and the arms, create neat pleats in the slipcover by folding over sections, and then tuck into where the bottom meets the seat back.

Slipping and sliding

If you are placing a slipcover over a leather or vinyl sofa, use nonskid strips, like those used under area rugs, placed directly on the sofa to keep things in place.

Techniques for tucking

Use a wooden spoon to tuck into hard-to-reach areas. In addition, use a magazine rolled up and secured with a rubber band or specially-designed foam tubes sold at stores that carry slipcovers.

Wrinkle reducer

To take care of wrinkles, throw the slipcover in the dryer with a damp towel for a few minutes. Just check the care tag first to make sure the dryer won t damage the fabric. In many cases, the dryer can also be used to shrink the slipcover to ensure a better fit.

SLIPCOVER FABRICS

There are many fabrics and styles used today for premade slipcovers. They re designed to be durable and easy to care for. It is easy to locate a cover that will work for your particular design scheme.



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