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One of the latest fads going today, and for good reason, is to save on furniture by taking advantage of thrift store finds, estate sales, garage sales, and hand-me-downs. Without doubt, new couches, love seats, and chairs can be quite expensive. The wonderful thing about using older furniture is that many times, the furniture is made better and the architectural design is more interesting and strong.

To create a fresh new look on used furniture, you can use slipcovers. It used to be that a slipcover was nothing more than a bedspread type piece of fabric that was simply thrown over the couch, tucked in, and that was it. Today, there are some incredibly creative slipcovers. In fact, some of them are so amazing that you can hardly believe they are slipcovers at all. Take Sure Fit for example, they are the leader when it comes to the design and functionality of slipcovers. The one drawback is that unless you find them on sale, some of the designed slipcovers can be costly. In fact, many of them cost more than the used piece of furniture. Therefore, while this is certainly a good option, you might consider other options as well.

For instance, you can visit your local home improvement or fabric store and purchase plain painters canvas for around $5.99 to $9.99 per yard. There are several advantages in working with this material. The first is that this is a very durable fabric so if you have smaller children or pets it will withstand the wear and tear. Another advantage is that because this fabric is plain, you can add bows, stencil painting, embroidery, or whatever you like to enhance its look. When buying painters canvas, try to find heavy-duty, unbleached fabric made from cotton. Many times, the pieces will come in a size perfect to fit over your couch without having to do anything other than add, a hem or two.

Tablecloths are also great couch slipcovers that many people overlook. If you have a loveseat, chair, or ottoman, this would definitely be worth investigating. Since tablecloths come in all types of sizes, colors, patterns, and fabrics, you are sure to find something you like and that is functional for your needs. Start by looking at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales. Many times, tablecloths will be sold because they have a small spot but if the tablecloth is being used to cover furniture, the spot may not matter.

Old clothing is another option as strange as that might sound. Perhaps you have an old shirt, dress, or skirt lying around that you no longer wear. You love the pattern or color but figure you will just give it away to charity. However, before you do that, consider it as a good piece of fabric to recover a ottoman or other smaller piece of furniture. You could even use old clothing for pillow fabric. Therefore, if you have cotton, linen, silk, organza, or velvet that you simply do not wear, look around the house before giving it away to see if you can put it to work somewhere else.

Sheers, drapes, and curtains are also great options for making slipcovers. For example, you might have or find a wonderful piece of jacquard drapery that does not fit into your home d�cor for the windows. However, it might be the perfect material to use on dining room chairs, pillows, or other furniture. Great materials to look for include chenille, jacquard, velvet, and damask. Finally, old bedspreads and quilts should also be considered for making slipcovers. Because of their size, this is an excellent option for sofas and love seats. Just like with drapery, you will find bedspreads and comforters in all types of texture and color.
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