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Updated: Jul 3, 2019

A slipcover is an instant and simple solution for tired or dated furniture, writes Kate Nixon.
Slipcovers can transform your sofa - and room. The Buckhurst project.

A custom or ready-made slipcover gives a classic sofa, dining chair, ottoman or bedhead an immediate refresh. It's the forgiving cousin of fixed upholstery, covering a multitude of sins with a swathe of linen or on-trend pattern and easily removed for washing or remaking. Use a slipcover to preserve an heirloom or to update a cheap and cheerful buy. Both up-cycling ideas reduce waste.


  • New cushion covers are the simplest and cheapest way to update your bedroom or living area. Reuse existing inserts and make or buy covers in this seasons colours.

  • If having a cover custom-made, consider details such as the skirts, seams, trims and piping to set your piece apart.

  • Recover a mismatched pair of sofas or armchairs in the same fabric slipcover to create a harmonious look.

  • Use two different fabrics for a bedhead slipcover and rotate front and back for a quick seasonal refresh.

Feature in Australian House & Garden March 2019