How to make cheap & easy slipcovers without sewing

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How to make cheap & easy slipcovers without sewing
Cover upholstery and extend the life of the furniture. (girl on the couch image by Olaru Radian-Alexandru from

Make a custom slipcover for a chair or couch without spending much money or sewing a single stitch. Slipcovers offer a layer of protection against day-to-day grime, spills and pet hair, and protect furniture for years. A fitted slipcover can help make older furniture look new again and match it to existing decor. Cover a seating area in your home with a form-fitting slipcover that requires no sewing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 1 or 2 pieces of drywall edge beading (1-1/4 inch by 8 or 10 feet)
  • Strong scissors or sheers
  • Large sheet, blanket or material
  • 8 safety pins
  • 8 industrial-strength Velcro strips (2 inch by 2 inch)

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  1. 1

    Measure the distance across the sofa or chair back, from one corner to the other. Take a second measurement from the back corner of the sofa or chair along the arm rest to its edge.

  2. 2

    Cut one piece of drywall edge beading to the length of the sofa or chair back and two more pieces to the second measurement along the armrest. Snip the longer piece in half.

  3. 3

    Cover the couch or chair with a sheet, blanket or piece of material to fully enshroud it, with 8 to 12 inches of excess length all around. A large couch will require a king-size sheet or blanket for full coverage.

  4. 4

    Press the two halved pieces of drywall beading into the crease between the sofa or chair back and the seat cushions, until they disappear. Proceed to jam the other two lengths of drywall beading into the creases where the cushions meet the arm rests.

  5. 5

    Neatly fold and crease the slipcover so that it hangs straight down and has no wrinkles on the armrests, back or cushions.

  6. 6

    Pin the cover in place with three safety pins at the back of the sofa or chair, near the legs, and two on each side along the base.

  7. 7

    Replace each safety pin by applying the adhesive side of a Velcro strip to the inside of the slipcover and the other adhesive side to the sofa or chair. The slip cover then can be removed by simply separating the Velcro connection. Adhere the Velcro strips to the underside of the furniture if you want to protect the upholstery from adhesive.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove and wash the no-sew slipcover in the washing machine once a month. Use the drywall beading and Velcro to secure it back in position once it has dried.

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