#885 The Slipcover Miracle.

In one of my riskiest money-saving maneuvers ever, I went through a website called Needle & Shears to order custom made white denim slipcovers that would match the new sofas from Ikea. Mama’s old couch, the most comfortable one in the universe, is roughly the size of a boat and sleeps better than the most expensive bed in the world. But it was covered in a tan corduroy that incidentally matched exactly the armchair and ottoman we bought with the house from Mrs. Mary Lynn. Which is okay, but I’m all about white, you know.

I googled till my eyes crossed searching for the cheapest (but good looking) semi-custom slipcovers I could find, but no luck. They were all the baggy numbers with straps you use to “customize the fit,” but really it just looks like a king size bedsheet no matter how tight you pull those straps.

Then finally, I found this company. They sent me fabric samples to compare to my Ikea Ektorp sofas, I picked a soft brushed white denim, and the total for my order was $650, about half the price of every other quote I was able to get for custom slipcovers. The way this company works is you email them very detailed photographs of your furniture per their instructions, then you take VERY detailed measurements of every last part of the furniture, per their instructions. They use them to make custom covers with welting and pleats made for each individual cushion or frame, so it looks just like Pottery Barn or Ikea’s slipcovered furniture. Then you send it all to them and hope you did a good enough job. I, personally, did not trust myself to measure anything correctly for one second. But I am impatient and couldn’t wait for Ben to do it, so I did it myself and sent in the measurements and made the payment with my fingers crossed. I only was able to sleep that night knowing they have a guarantee. If it doesn’t fit, they’ll fix it until it does for free.

They came in today. And by some miracle, they are absolutely perfect.

So. If you’ve got some stuff you need to have recovered, I HIGHLY recommend these folks. Now I’ve got to get serious about finishing up the reading room!


Sunday, May 13th, 2012

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12 thoughts on “#885 The Slipcover Miracle.

  1. This is great stuff, Erin! My Pottery Barn couch and love seat desperately need new slip covers, and I can't afford PB ones! I will definitely check these guys out!

    • Obviously, I totally recommend it! The only thing is… It took 5 months for them to come in. I don't think that's the norm, but I do know it's a slow process.

    • Holy cow, five months?! Aw man! I'm hoping that's not the norm – I just ordered slipcovers from them for a chair for my baby's nursery and I'm due in February! When I call on Monday to send payment, I'm going to ask about rush delivery…

    • I know, but maybe you'll get lucky! I think I ordered at a really busy time for them. Cross your fingers and toes and see if Mark can speed it up!

  2. Erin, you may have already done this since you've had your slipcovers a few months now… if you remove the old covers of your cushions, you will get a much smoother look in the welting area.

  3. I have been thinking of ordering similar slipcovers (natural instead of white though) from this company (after also searching and searching online, buying and returning some ready-made ones that looked like big sacks thrown over the furniture) and was very skeptical until I read your blog. Your recommendation gives me a lot more confidence to order. . . I need two chairs and a couch covered, so I was thinking of getting the two chairs done first, then if i like them, have the couch done. But, with a possible five month wait (their website says more like two and a half months, but not sure I believe it), maybe I should just go ahead and get them all done at the same time. . . also eliminates the risk of different dye lots in the fabric. So, based on your recommendation, here goes!

  4. Hi there! I would definitely recommend ordering all at once. And FYI they shrink a little after washing and air drying, so maybe add a little to your measurements. I still love mine! We had a zipper pop and sent that one cushion cover back to be fixed and it was done for free and sent back to me in less than a week.

  5. Thanks! Will definitely add some. . . I'm ordering the Natural Canvas, which I'm sure will shrink a bit. They're having a sale on White and Natural slipcovers, so I'll save a bit too by ordering them now!
    Fingers crossed. . .

  6. Hey Erin! Just wanted you to know that I have ordered slipcovers for two chairs as I also found there is NOTHING out there other than the "ghost sheet" over the sofa look, EEEKKK!!! The people at Needles & Shears are AWESOME!! Mark called from CS and was great to work with!! He even sent me your blog!! Looking forward to many more adventures from you!

    • Ha, yeah—Mark should know by name by now. We talked so often in the process and all of our friends have ordered them now! Hope you love yours. Be SURE to wash in cold water and let them air dry. They'll still shrink some regardless, so order a little bigger than you actually measure!

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