• Slipcovers

    Slipcovers have come a long way from the days when they were made of clear plastic and cleaned with a damp sponge. Those sorts of slipcovers preserve the beauty of your furniture at the expense of comfort. But it does not have to be that way. Today's slipcovers come in a variety of fabrics and patterns. They can be an inexpensive way to upgrade or change the look of a room.

    There are lots of advantages to today's slipcovers. Here are some of the reasons you may want to try them and some of the ways in which you might be able to put them to use.

    Inexpensive

    If you've ever gotten a bid on reupholstering a piece of furniture, you know that can involve a real hit to your bank account. Slipcovers are an attractive way of giving your furniture a new and fresh look without going into debt.

    Protection

    This is one of the first things people think of when they think of slipcovers. They think of something protecting the "real" furniture beneath. Slipcovers can definitely be used this way while still being decorative and pleasant to look at in their own right. They may be the perfect answer if you do some entertaining and want to make sure everything stays in perfect condition for those occasions. Slipcovers can protect your furniture from dog and cat hair, children (and adults!) who aren't as clean as they ought to be when they sit down, and other wear and tear.

    Hiding flaws

    This is the other thing most people think of when they think of slipcovers. Your couch or armchair may be in fine condition except for a split right down the middle. You can repair the split by sewing it together, adding a patch, or even using some strong tape. Whatever you do, the result will be an obvious repair. You can hide that repair, as well as stains or other flaws, with a good slipcover. Or instead of protecting the furniture year round, you may want to leave the furniture uncovered and bring out the good, luxury slipcovers when you have company.

    Instant Makeover

    Suppose you find the perfect piece of furniture, say, a couch for the living room. The cushions and back are just right. The wood is in good condition. The whole piece is solid. But it's a pale shade of avocado green, and you just don't care for that. Don't reject the furniture because the color isn't right. Buy the piece, bring it home, and order a lovely deep blue slipcover (or whatever color you prefer) and enjoy your new couch.

    Coordination

    Perhaps you've gotten your furniture piece by piece at garage sales or flea markets or just handed down from relatives. Each piece looks fine on its own, but they don't really seem to go together. With slipcovers in the same pattern and style, you can take those disparate elements of your living room or den and bring them together into a unified whole. You can also use slipcovers to help your furniture match other elements of the room such as paint, wallpaper, curtains, carpet, or artwork.

    Versatility

    You don't have to limit yourself to one set of slipcovers. You can change colors with the seasons or your mood.

    Ease of Care

    Many slipcovers are machine washable. Even those that aren't can be removed to make it easy for you to go after new stains in bright light on a hard surface.