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Old 07-06-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Cheap way to recover a couch?

I bought a Grand Charelston Pottery Barn Sofa on CL for $130. It is in perfect condition except it doesn't have a slipcover. That would be fine (it is pretty without one) EXCEPT I have 3 boys. I don't want to yell at them over a couch all the time. A new slip cover from Pottery Barn is between $700-$1200. Way more than I want to spend! So my question is, do you know where to buy one MUCH cheaper? Or have you ever made one yourself? I'm worried that I would spend $200 in fabric and then it would look awful. I do know how to sew reasonably well though and my mom is amazing. She actually made my wedding dress, so she could probably help (but not a ton as she has RA). So what do you think, do I need to suck it up and spend the $$$, find a "deal", or make my own??


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http://www.potterybarn.com/products/...rleston-sofas&

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Target, Walmart and many other places sell them for under $100. Perfect for moms with kids.
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Target, Walmart and many other places sell them for under $100. Perfect for moms with kids.
Those don't fit this kind of sofa. The back if four cushions, so you can't just go over them.
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I would probably get a Target slipcover for the body and make covers for the pillows to coordinate. I love to sew and have recovered several pieces, but you're looking at a minimum of $200 in fabric, a lot of time, and will still end up with a couch that isn't easily washable.
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I would probably get a Target slipcover for the body and make covers for the pillows to coordinate. I love to sew and have recovered several pieces, but you're looking at a minimum of $200 in fabric, a lot of time, and will still end up with a couch that isn't easily washable.
Oh! I love this idea! Plus, just the back cushions will be easier to make! I was thinking the same about the fabric. That was my minimum AND assuming I got it on sale. Kind of a tall rder for a minimum!
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I saw a slip cover that included back cushions on it, i think it was overstock.com
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Re: Cheap way to recover a couch?

I would also spend the money and have the couch professionally cleaned. Then I would buy a gallon of ScotchGard from Home depot and thoroughly coat the fabric.

Just in case spills go through the cover.
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Re: Cheap way to recover a couch?

Saw slip cover at bed bath beyond, under $100 .... Use a coupon
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I have slip covered many things. There are some good books on how to do it. It's not hard, esp Id you can sew but it is a lot of effort. Make sure to get quality fabric. It may cost 2 to 3 hundred in fabric.

I think that reupholstering is actually easier than making a slip cover. Really most pieces require little sewing and lots of stapling.
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We discovered there is an ikea sofabed nearly the same dimensions as our non-ikea couch so I got on of theirs and it works pretty well. They do have one with cushions like yours but the arms are different. However see if the dimensions of this one fit closely as you could use the base part and make your own cushions.
http://m.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/art/20168913/

It's white, but cotton, so you can dye it.
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