Our living room couch was an awesome buy: it was free. It was my brother’s ex girlfriend’s next door neighbor’s (got all that?), and they were getting ready to chuck it because it was tired and stained, and their cat’s claws had been evil to it. It was originally going to go into my brother’s then-college apartment, but the full size couch didn’t fit through the doorway (plus it was a bear to carry, since it’s a sofa bed). So it came to live at our new house.
I’m all for free furniture. At least 80% of our house is furnished with things we’ve accumulated along the way, in grad school, early in our marriage, and when we bought a house and suddenly had almost 1900 sq. ft. of … space for Guinness to run the Puppyapolis 500 completely unobstructed.
So the couch.
Credit where due, my mom did a really good job with upholstery cleaner and patches – but the fact remains that it’s a really worn couch in an unforgiving color.
For the past year, we’ve just kept a blanket thrown over the patches on the back and employed selective vision. The couch is actually really comfortable, which is very redeeming.
Because of that, and because we don’t sit in the living room often (except at Christmas), we decided that in the grand scheme of our furniture budget, this couch was pretty far down on the list of purchases/replacements. So while I was all about an update, it had to be inexpensive.
After too many hours of research online and measuring different couch dimensions, I bought the three piece cotton duck slip cover in linen from Sure Fit (with a 20% off promotion code for Labor Day!). The ad looked thusly:
I know what you’re thinking, because I was too. What army of irons and starch accomplished that, and what happens when someone breathes, much less sits on it?
I was pleasantly surprised.
Since we had loose back and seat cushions, I went 3-piece over 1 or 2, figuring it would allow more movement and less reliance on tucking. When the cover arrived (on Thurs., after ordering on Mon. night!), I tried it on to make sure it fit. It was then off to the ironing board. End result:
Despite color options being thin, it’s almost exactly what I was going for. Relatively neutral (not “look at me!” bright), will hide at least some of the puppy fluff, contrasts with the wall more, and works with, without catering to the green carpet. It may require some tucking from time to time, and some awesome throw pillows will be a huge asset, but it seems to fit and stay in place better than I’d expected. Color me impressed. Having it in 3 pieces seems to help.
There are a few places where you can still really tell it’s a slip cover – the back corners, for instance, where the elastic gathers, and where they never show in the ads. The pluses far outweigh the minuses, though: the material is machine washable, the price was right, and with a bright throw and pretty pillows, I think it’ll fit in our living room for quite a while. Win.
Off topic: while I have you here, I’d love suggestions on how to frame the new print above the couch. I put it in a too-big poster frame for the short term so I could stare at it, but I’m still undecided.