Friday, May 22, 2015

Tante loves drop cloths, vol. 1

I have an unhealthy love for the canvas drop cloth.  It is a useful thing.  Today's utility: slipcover.

This couch is comfortable, but very ugly.  I have neither the money nor the inclination to make a real slipcover- and my pets are going to make a mess of it no matter what.  Enter the drop cloth (I think it's a 9'x12').

Wash it first, or it's a little stiff.  Line up one edge against the front bottom of the couch....

And the opposite against the back bottom of the couch.

Escort your cat from the room, and then line up the side edges with the side bottoms of your couch.

Stuff the excess into the cracks between the cushions, back, and armrests.  Again, remove cat from the room.

Pull the loose corners together (this is hard to photograph without help, and the cat doesn't seem to have the thumbs for it).

Tie the corners together in a tidy square knot.  DAMMIT ZIPPY STOP HELPING.  Repeat on the other side.

Tuck the excess loose bits.  A nice, neutral, washable solution to an ugly problem.

Add decorative cushions and feel pleased with yourself.  Total cost: about $27.  

8 comments:

  1. It looks pretty good in the end, did all the cats get tied up in it? ha ha

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    1. Cat, singular. He's just persistent. And I will catch him burrowing underneath the drop cloth- I call him the Couch Mole.

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    1. During allergy season, I become slipcover obsessed.

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  3. Ooh, good idea to tie the corners. I may have to try this on my couch, which I have grown to loathe.

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    1. It stays on about as well as one of those premade slipcovers you can buy at home goods store, and is generally cheaper. If you use those swirly spin pin upholstery tacks on the bottom side corners before tying, it'll look tidier. I can't use them, because of the burrowing cat and the dog who likes to try to wad the fabric up into a weird little nest.

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  4. where do you buy such a thing? I'm wondering if I could two-part it on my too-big-for-the-livingroom sectional . . .

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    1. Paint department of the hardware store. Measure the surfaces front to back (floor to seat, top of seat to back, back to top of back, top of back to floor) and side to side (floor up and over the arm, across the cushions, up and over the arm to the floor), and then add a foot or two in all directions to make sure it's big enough.

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