Sofabed Slipcovers – Instead of buying a new sofa, consider your current one a face wash with a sleeve. Designers typically receive a high price for custom slipcover creations, but you can make the case yourself if you possess basic sewing skills, or hire workers to a local workroom or seamstress. Either way, you will have to calculate the amount of fabric to buy to make the sleeve. Fabric estimation does not require a degree in mathematics, but it does involve planning and knowledge of basic yard calculations.
The two most popular styles of cases are equipped and loose. Determine what type suits your lifestyle and decoration before buying the fabric cover. Built-in cases usually require more fabric than loose covers, since the body sofa and each cushion are given individual covers. A loose sleeve is a semi-fitted, single piece of cloth wrapped loosely over the entire sofa. The excess of fabric gets between the cushions and seat.
12 Picture Gallery: Choices of Materials for the Sofabed Slipcovers
Choose the tough and easy-care fabric for a removable cover. A medium-weight cotton duck sews well and can be thrown in the washing machine for quick cleaning. Reduce wrinkles and minimize shrinkage by choosing a cotton and polyester blend fabric. Save money by selecting a solid color fabric, which will not require extra yardage for repeats and pattern matching. Save sewing time “railroading” or run the fabric cover along the width (arm to arm) of the sofa instead of stitching narrower fabric widths. Some home decorating fabrics are woven with a horizontal grain for this same purpose. It should be kept in mind that this technique will not work with napped and certain patterned fabrics.
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