Slipcovers are a sewn fitted cover made for your sofa, loveseat, chair, ottoman or headboard. We make a cover that fits the body of the furniture and then we cut and sew separate zip on covers for the cushions.
Most slipcovers projects are less expensive than a full reupholster project because the slipcover goes over the existing fabric. The old fabric and padding is left in place.
Michael’s can cut and sew your slipcover with a tailored fit, which will most resemble upholstery. We also offer a looser fit option if you prefer the “Shabby Chic” look.
Not every style of chair or sofa is a good candidate for a slipcover. Furniture with a lot of curves, diamond tufting or channels is problematic for a well-fitted cover. The fabric on tufted or curved areas will not sit smoothly to the inside curves and may look lumpy or bulky. Any furniture upholstered in leather is not suitable either as the fabric will slip around on the leather cover under it.
On most furniture, a slipcover can be a less expensive option then a full reupholstery project. Slipcovers can be removed for cleaning and if you have children or pets, this can be a great feature. Many of our clients are opting for slipcovers instead of reupholstering and then switch back and forth between the upholstered fabric and the slipcovered fabric. This is an inexpensive way to have two different looks in your home.
Michael’s carries a wide selection of fabrics that are suitable for slipcovers. If you select a lighter weight fabric such as a cotton or linen, we recommend having the fabric pre-washed and pressed. This will allow you to remove the covers and throw in your washing machine without fearing shrinkage. Another fabric that is gaining popularity for indoor slipcovers is Sunbrella. Sunbrella is an acrylic canvas, developed for outdoor use but frequently used for indoors too. We can also slipcover using heavier fabrics like cotton velvet and chenille. The heavier fabrics should be professionally dry cleaned and not machine-washed.