A recent update to our living room sofa was done without the major expense of having a slipcover made or having it reupholstered. Always looking for an inexpensive solution, I made my own version of what catalogs offer for quite a bit more. Being fond of the slouchy slipcover look, it was a pretty easy fix.
Our sofa was still structurally in good shape, but the upholstery had faded in some spots and the cat had scratched the ends a little, and it was looking a bit dated. Not to mention that I was really tired of looking at it and never really liked it all that much. We had it re-upholstered in the red paisley fabric around 10 years ago mainly because that fabric was dark, busy and heavy weight. At the time our girls were 2 and 5 and durability was our top priority.
For the updated look, I purchased a painter's dropcloth and tucked it into the crevices of the sofa until it resembled what I had seen and liked in the Pottery Barn catalog. Their version isn't really too expensive at $99 for a large sofa. And we actually bought a denim slipcover from them a few years ago, but it doesn't fit this sofa. For this slipcover, I used a 12' x 15' dropcloth which retails for around $30 - $35. (Purchased at Kittrell Paint and Wallpaper).
Here's a picture of the sofa before, taken last spring.
And several pictures of the sofa with the drop cloth on it. It's a bit slouchy and messy, but I like it that way.
The pillows are from Target, Home Goods and Marshall's, and the rug is from Marshall's. The throws are from Pottery Barn (red) and Target (multi colored). All other items are hand-me-downs, estate sale finds, or just things we've had forever.
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