Saving That Old Family Couch

Sep 18 07:49 2009 Peter West Print This Article

The couch in some form or another has been around since ancient times. The first couches were simple raised wooden platforms or just a section of floor covered with carpets and pillows that allow several people to sit down at one time.

But these rustic seating arrangements eventually became the sofas and couches that we know today. In most modern homes,Guest Posting the couch is the largest piece of furniture except for the bed. And as such it draws the eye because of its size, style or color. But couches can be very expensive. So we all have a tendency to keep our old couches long past their prime. A good, old family couch can have tattered and torn upholstery, be covered in irremovable pet hair or be so out-of-style that it is embarrassing but we still hold on to them because they are still comfortable and buying a new one can put a big hole in a family’s budget.  GIVE AN OLD COUCH A FACELIFT WITH SOME NEW COUCH SLIP COVERS So how do you give an old couch a new lease on life without going to the expense and trouble of having it professionally reupholstered? Give it a facelift! That’s right a nice set of couch slip covers can give even the most out-of-style sofa or couch a new look. A good couch slipcover can hide stains on armrests and cushions, cover up hard-to-get-rid-of pet hair, plus give that tired old thing some new life with a different color or type of fabric. And you just can’t beat the price of new couch slipcovers versus the cost of an entire new couch.CHOOSING A COUCH SLIPCOVERWhile buying a couch slipcover seems like a snap, there are some things that you need to know before you spend any of that hard-earned money. Buying couch slipcovers that are poorly fitted or that don’t fit your lifestyle can be troublesome and annoying.Tight Back – A tight back couch is considered to have the firmest seating sofas available. This is because the couch back has no cushions or pillows. This makes the person sit up in an upright and straight up sitting position. Slipcovers for tight back couches have a very smooth, snug fitting appearance. Ready-made couch slipcovers look the best on this type of sofa.Attached Pillow Back – This type of couch uses permanently sewn-on pillow or cushions to soften seating of the couch along the back. This allows people to sit more comfortably but still makes the couch have a trim and tidy appearance. The cushions on this type of couch once stained are difficult to hide since you can’t flip them over. You will need a nice couch slipcover that fits well but you probably will need some padding to even out the spaces between the back or seat cushions.Loose Pillow Back – These types of couches use an equal number of seat and back cushions i.e. 2 for the back and 2 for the seating, etc. This type of construction lets you flip over the pillows to help hide any stains but you then you will have trouble trying to match up stripes or patterns.This is one of the more difficult couches to find ready-made couch slipcovers for that will fit properly and don’t look lumpy. You will have to use padding to fill the cracks and hold the pillows down.There are other types of couch slip covers available in many different fabrics, both natural and man-made, and in a wide selection of colors and styles. Using the tips above, you should be able to find the kind of affordable ready-made couch slipcovers that suits your budget and design style.

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