Kate Nixon

Cover Stars

A slipcover is an instant and simple solution for tired or dated furniture, writes Kate Nixon.

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.

Fresh ideas & easy updates

  • 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.

Featured in Australian House & Garden March 2019.