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Quick, cheap and easy sofa slipcover


easy low budget DIY sofa slipcover

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Are you tired of looking at your sofa fabric but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars having it reupholstered? And the price for a new sofa is even more. I totally understand. Our sofa was 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 many 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.

For this easy and budget-friendly slipcover, I used a >>12′ x 15′ dropcloth<< which retails for around $30 – $35. 

To help keep your slipcover in place, I recommend using this item.

Here’s a picture of the sofa before.

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?

Update: here’s a more recent photo of the sofa. You can see more of this space HERE.

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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.

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

  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!

    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.

  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 =)

    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.

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

  4. 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!

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

  5. 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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