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    Question frugal option to a slipcover?

    I have a big sleeper sofa that is UGLY but still in really good shape and plus with the 2 kids and the dog and the bird we want something that i can just toss in the wash or something. I'm looking on line and the costs of slipcovers is spendy! and I'm not sure if making my own would be worth the hassle and headaches.
    Does anyone have another option to the slipcover??
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    Years ago we had an old ugly couch that I covered with some pretty sheets I got on clearance. The set I got came with a bed skirt, so I had that carefully stuffed under the cushions. I used the fited sheet over the cushions, then draped the other sheet over the back and arm rests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justpeachy92 View Post
    Years ago we had an old ugly couch that I covered with some pretty sheets I got on clearance. The set I got came with a bed skirt, so I had that carefully stuffed under the cushions. I used the fited sheet over the cushions, then draped the other sheet over the back and arm rests.
    I like this idea, our couch is pretty old too and showing it's age more and more each year. The worst part is the area where your head rests, it had stains on the head rest area when it was handed down to us and they won't come out! I cover the back with a throw and it works out well because I can drape the throw blanket over me at night when I read or in the afternoon when I nap on the couch. We hope to have children in the next few years and we have two cats and I can't see investing in a new couch for at least 10 more years.

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    ooooo i didnt think of the sheet set idea. what size do you think a large sleeper sofa would need?

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    We have lots of throws around our house and a loveseat so that is what I usually do. But my mom used to have a big old ugly couch and she always used an old bedspread -- back then it was chenille, but you get the idea.

    In may family we never get rid of bedspreads, curtains, etc. because you never know when you might want to use them again.

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    My mom used to use a bedspread too.

    I suggest using a pretty sheet.

    I have some slipcovers I got from Surefit a few years ago and I love them. They've held up well.

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    My sister covered a couch and loveseat with sheets, too. She used upolstry (sp?) pins and a piece of PVC pipe down behind where the seat and back cushions meet to hold that part down in the "crack".

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    If your order directly from surefit they really can be expensive. If you really REALLY want a slipcover, I suggest checking out a Big Lots store if you have on nearby. I purchased my surefit slipcover there several years ago and it's held up remarkably well. I think it was about $40. Much cheaper than buying a new sofa.

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    My mom crocheted afghans and they didn't entirely cover the couch but they covered the back and cushions.

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