If you need to put your furniture in storage, covering it will help protect it. Covering furniture with synthetic tarps can go wrong because condensation can be trapped under the tarp and cause the furniture to grow a layer of mould. Covering stored furniture with large pieces of high thread count fabric is often the best choice because it keeps the surface of the furniture free of dust, but lets the porous furniture material underneath breathe so mould does not grow.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Tape measure
- Tightly woven cotton or canvas fabric
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Safety pins
Measure the furniture using the tape measure. Begin at the floor on one side, go up and over, following the contour of the furniture, and go to the floor on the other side. Do this to get a length and width measurement.
Confirm the measurements of your fabric. It needs to be at least the length and width you just measured. If your fabric is not wide enough to cover the furniture you will need to either use the optional sewing machine to sew pieces together using a small stitch length or select a larger piece of material.
Drape the fabric over the furniture, centring it so the same amount of fabric hangs over on each side.
If the furniture you are covering is a table, take the excess fabric at one corner, wrap it around the leg and secure it with a safety pin. Repeat for all four legs, making sure the fabric touches the floor all the way around. This will hold the cover on the table.
If you are covering a chair or sofa, tuck the fabric into the edge of the cushions. It only needs to go about two inches into the crease. This will keep the cover from ripping if someone sits on the covered furniture or places a box on it.
Step back and look for large puckers after tucking the fabric around the cushions. The biggest part of the excess fabric will be where the arm meets the backrest of the furniture. Fold the excess fabric and place a safety pin in the deepest part of the folded fabric. Do this on both ends.
Take the excess fabric beside each leg--one leg at a time--and wrap the excess around the leg. Secure the fabric with a safety pin. Repeat this for all four legs, making sure the fabric is able to touch the floor all of the way around the furniture.
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