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Custom Slipcovers

Did you know we make custom slipcovers that are made to measure? Slipcovers can change the look of a room instantly and extend the life of your upholstery. Beyond the advantages of easily expressing a different style or color palette (and changing it back again if and whenever you want), slipcovers are a beautifully relaxed option for vacation houses and rental homes, or just for making visits from the grandkids completely worry-free.
Top Ten Slipcover Tips:

There will be many layers of fabric where seams join.

Consider prints, twills, denims, cotton duck and sailcloth. Linen and linen blends are guaranteed to wrinkle, which may be undesirable.

Tightly woven, colorful fabrics will will not reveal the upholstery underneath.

A contrast welt draws attention to the lines of your furniture. If using a contrast welt, choose a similar weave and weight as the slipcover fabric. If your furniture has matching side pillows, consider using a contrast welt or fringe on just the pillows. This will provide visual interest, even if using self-welting on the body of the slipcover.

Latex backing causes the fabric to buckle and wrinkle instead of sliding over the fabric beneath it.

An exposed wood frame will be felt beneath the slipcover, unless it is designed to tie-on like a pinafore, instead of covering the frame like a dress.

Slipcovers will not fix sagging cushions or broken springs. Add new foam or Dacron wrap to renew your cushions.

You'll save on fabric if your sofa or chair is suited to a slipcover without a skirt, or if a dining chair can be made with a short skirt. Wing chairs with legs can also be slipcovered without a skirt, or have a short pleated or gathered skirt added.

Be sure to specify the look you want. Your slipcover will be cut and fit in your home, so you won't be without the use of your furniture.

This will preserve the hand of the fabric and reduce the risk of shrinkage. Most slipcover fabrics are not suitable for washing, which could cause shrinkage, stress on the seams, and shorten the life of the slipcover.


Transform Your Furniture With Custom-Made Slipcovers

Many interior designers and home decorators love using slipcovers to transform furniture. At Calico, our customized coverings provide endless possibilities for seating designs such as chairs, ottomans, benches, sofas and sectionals. 

Custom covers made with high-quality fabrics offer many benefits, such as:

  • Furniture protection: A covering can protect the color and texture of preexisting fabrics and materials over time. 
  • Polished appearance: Applying a custom furniture slipcover can conceal blemishes for a flawless look, with precise measurements allowing the perfect fitting. 
  • Seasonal decoration: The many colors and patterns available offer an exciting way to embrace the changing seasons and match your holiday decorations. 
  • Easy storage and maintenance: A simple dry-cleaning application can freshen the slipcover when needed or desired. When swapping one design for another, you can easily fold the fabric to a minimal size and place it in storage. 

Benefits of Working With Slipcover Makers at Calico

We offer free interior design services when you schedule an in-store appointment, in-home consultation or a virtual session through video, phone or email. Whether you want to style one room or your whole home, our designers will gain an understanding of your aesthetic and lifestyle to provide you with expert advice. Our team can provide detailed recommendations for bringing your inspiration to life from start to finish.

In addition to providing you with custom-made furniture covers, we offer other ways to enhance your home. Explore beautiful items such as table covers, cushions, pillows, bedding, reupholstery, furniture, window treatments and wallpaper from the Calico team. When working with multiple elements in a space, our designers can provide a tailored mood board to see how your favorite fabrics and trimmings work with your lighting, furniture and decorations. 

Our inventory consists of only the best materials, with thousands of fabrics available. When working with your preferred fabric colors and patterns, our skilled craftspeople use proven techniques to ensure you receive products you love. We're the one-stop shop you can count on when you want to personalize your home.

How Much Fabric Does Your Furniture Need?

Slipcovers are often less expensive than reupholstery. Calico design shops can provide better estimates when they know more about your furniture and fabric. The following are "ballpark" estimates and do not factor in the additional fabric needed for pattern repeats:

  • SOFA, 60" to 90" with a tight back and 2 cushions: 17 yards
  • SOFA, 60" to 90" with a tight back and 3 cushions: 18 yards

    Add 1½ yards for each additional loose cushion on seat or back

    Add 1½ yards for sofas that are 90" to 108" long

  • LOVESEAT, up to 60" with tight back and 2 cushions: 16 yards
  • ARM CHAIR, club or wingback chair with 1 cushion: 9-10 yards

These estimates assume that the slipcover will be made with self-welting and a skirt.
Separate estimates can be provided for contrast welting.


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