Quick, cheap and easy sofa slipcover

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.  Found HERE

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.








I know I won't keep it like this forever, but for now it works great for us in this room.  I wouldn't recommend it on a sofa that the whole family spends a lot of time on unless you don't mind it coming untucked often.  I'm usually the only one who goes in here.  No television, no computer, no electronics (unless you count my nook).  Just me and the fireplace and the view.  What's not to like?

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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  1. Your sofa looks great. I just love drop cloths. They are so versatile. I have one being used as a tablecloth right now. Your room is lovely.

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    1. Thanks. I love them too. Using one for a tablecloth is a great idea. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. That looks fantastic! Love how nicely it drapes and those pillows are perfect with it. :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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    1. Thanks! It's such an easy and inexpensive fix. And thanks for hosting the link party. This is my first time linking to your blog. You have a great site.

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  3. I love this idea!! I have a couch and loveseat I want to do this to now! I've used them as curtains and tablecloths but never thought to use them as slipcovers. Cool idea! Visiting from ATPF!
    Jeri =)

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    1. Thanks. I haven't used them for anything else YET, but I'm sure I will. Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.

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  4. Great idea. If you tuck pvc pipe down in the cushions the drop cloth will stay better.

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    1. Thanks, Rachael. That sounds like a good idea. Thanks for visiting.

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  5. I love drop cloths for so many uses~Thanks for sharing a Feathered Nest Friday!

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    1. They're so versatile, aren't they? Thanks for hosting the party and for visiting. ~ Angie

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  6. I love this! I've been debated on weather or not to get one of those pricey slip covers online and really didn't want to spend the money. I just bought one of those natural toned painters drop cloths at Harbor Freight this weekend for $14. I'm going to have a new purpose for it I think. :) Too awesome! Thanks!

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    1. It's such a quick and easy project, especially if you already have the drop cloth. Thanks for stopping by. ~ Angie

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  7. I was browsing through your blog and found your drop cloth slipcover. I love it and am going to give it a try this weekend on my red living room sofa. I've been wanting to cover it with a neutral color, but I'm too cheap to spend a lot of money on a pre-made slipcover. Yours looks fantastic! Thanks for the absolutely great idea. (I featured it today, too.)

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