Monday, July 29, 2013

Rethinking the Look of Things No. 28 - Slipcover Rules

I am rethinking the look of slipcovers.  My initial reaction to slipcovers has not been favorable, but I have collected a number of images that show slipcovers done right.  So in keeping an open mind about them, I've developed "must rules" when it comes to using slipcovers. 

Slipcover Rule No. 1 - Above all else the slipcover must be impeccably tailored and sewn. 

Slipcover Rule No. 2 - The fabric must be of the finest quality fabric, preferably 100% linen.

Slipcover Rule No. 3 - The slipcover must enhance the frame it is slipped on to.   

Slipcover Rule No. 4 - A slipcover is not a bandage. Ties on a slipcover have a purpose and shouldn't look like they are being used as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding of the wood legs or arms of the furniture piece.

Slipcover Rule No. 5 - Less is better. Forget the cutesy bows and ribbons. Let the wood frame be exposed in all the right places.

Pure class.


Just enough.

Like a fine tailored suit.

Classic linen stripe.

Simplicity = fine results.

Well done.

Vintage chairs with fine Belgian linen, well tailored.

Wood exposed in all the right places. Not just on the side chairs - 
note that settee in the window.

Image Sources:  Veranda, House of Turquoise, Pinterest, Schumacher, House Beautiful, Slipcovers by Shelley, Bruce Barone, 

1 comment:

  1. I love all the images you found and you have some great tips...thanks for sharing!


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