By Carpentier Navarre. Sofas & Couches. Published at Friday, September 13th, 2019 - 06:09:33 AM.
When you select sofa or chair_slipcovers, you are actually selecting to dress‐up your “furniture”. Just as you shall pay attention to fabric weight, textures, plus fit when you dress a human− body, you must consider what shall best fit your piece of "furniture". Be 'aware' that slipcovers may not always be the perfect−solution for a certain chair or sofa_styles.
Consider Them to Be a ‘Cosmetic Change Only’
Slipcovers will change the look of your chair or sofa, but the feel or underlying−structure will not change. So if your sofa is lumpy, or the springs are sticking‐out, simply acquiring new slipcovers will not magically create them more comfortable.
A slipcover is `cosmetic change only‵, not a structural−one. If your furniture is ´falling apart´, this budget‐solution can turn_out to be a prodigal expense because you stand to `gain nothing‵ from it. You are better off purchasing new furniture or reupholstering so that the filling is repaired as well.
Select a Look
Slipcovers come in many‐many looks ′ranging′ from loose also ‘flowing’ to very exactly tailored ones. Decide on a−look that “fits” your room. You could select a loose or relaxed̲look for a casual−effect, or select a tailored look that fits the‐lines of your sofa or chair more_closely for a more formal‐look. Let your general decorating−style dictate the look along with the shape of the piece.
Select a Fabric Weight
Not all fabric is suitable for slipcovers. As a general rule, it is perfect to avoid very heavy fabrics such as chenille with velvets as they may not adapt very well to the shape a sofa or chair. But rules are meant to be broken together with these materials could be good for a very custom‐made, structured look. But as a general−rule, slipcover fabric should usually be of medium‐weight to more easily fit over your furniture.
Select a Weave
When selecting a slipcover, select a fabric that is tightly woven. Select a color or pattern that does not let the fabric underneath show through unless that is the effect you are after.
Select a Texture
Textures add so−much to the look along with feel of any furniture. Consider the use of texture before you decide on your slipcovers. Textured‐fabric such as twill, damask or denim could add visual interest, while also resisting wrinkling.
Consider the Shape
Not all shapes lend themselves well to being slipcovered. If your chair or sofa has a wooden frame around it or wooden arms, a slip cover may not be a ‘good idea’ as they will be felt through the fabric. A piece that is covered in fabric leads you to believe that it will have a soft feel, together with the hardness of wood underneath will not feel pleasant.
Details such as welting could be an attractive feature in a slipcover. You could buy slipcovers with welting, or order ones that have it when you get them custom made or create them yourself. Decide whether you want self‐welting or contrast−welting on your slipcovers. Contrast−welting will draw attention to the lines of your chair or sofa. If you want to emphasize them select contrast welting, to play down the shape select self–welting. Braids, fringes or buttons could also be added depending on the look you want.
Select a Length
Your slipcovers do not have to reach the floor, even the loose ones could be made to a length that stops short of covering the legs. When you have a wooden‐frame on your sofa, it is perfect to leave the bottom exposed. However, if you prefer you could change the look by putting a skirt on it.
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