Slipcovers are a great option for updating old chairs with new life.
If you’re tired of your old pattern, or the fabric on your chair is worn out or stained, but you’re not ready to buy a new chair or fully reupholster, slipcovers offer an easy, inexpensive option to update your furniture with little effort.
Slipcovers are a good choice for chairs that are in good condition, but need a change of fabric. A slipcover won’t change a chair that needs to be restuffed or has structural issues.
Slipcovers are typically inexpensive to make or buy, and are easy to take off and replace. They can be washed, so you can keep chairs clean for guests, and removing a slipcover is much easier than cleaning upholstery on the chair. Slipcovers can protect underlying fabric from spills, pets, children, or dirt as well.
When you update your chair with a slipcover, you can choose a fabric in practically any color, pattern, and fabric type, and you may have more flexibility with a slipcover than you would with direct upholstery. You can even choose multiple slipcovers so you can change out your decor each season.
Consider these important factors when choosing fabric for your chair’s slipcover:
Once you’ve found fabric you like for your slipcover project, consider washing it before making a final decision. After washing, you’ll see how fabric will wash, wrinkle, and shrink. You can find out how it feels after it’s washed, and see if it pills, fades, or puckers. If you like what you see, you can order enough for your full project.