Consider slipcovers on dining chairs or bar stools. Our barstools came with removal, velcro-ed covers. They are a cinch to wash when food gets on them.
Having slipcovers made often costs as much as reupholstery. So, decide if your furniture piece is worth it. Find your local slipcover maker through friends’ referrals and check out sources like Yelp.
Have slipcover fabric washed before fabrication.
First, try washing a swatch. The fabricator may charge you $1 to $2 per foot to wash the fabric for you (which may be worth it if you have large quantities).
Look for white, off-white, taupe or oatmeal fabric on sale or at a discount outlet.
I use 100% linen, cotton/linen/rayon blends, cotton basket weaves or cotton twill fabrics.
Generally, stick with solid fabrics in the colors mentioned above so that you can change your look.
Make sure your fabric is sturdy enough to hold up to wear. In fact, in this loft office, we recently took the cotton duck slipcovers off these club chairs after 10 years of use…and the chairs underneath still look good. Ha! And plaid came back in style.
White is good for cleaning with mild bleach and stain removers.
Use slipcovers to change or refresh the design. Today’s slipcovers are tighter fitting and less sloppy.