Is your upholstered furniture looking a little tired? One easy way to give a new look to an old upholstered easy chair is with a new sheet and a couple of throw pillows. In less than 90 seconds, you can cover up that ratty looking old easy chair and make it look presentable. This is how it’s done.
Materials. To cover up one of my vintage side chairs recently, I used a gold colored queen size sheet. A queen size sheet should work for most chairs unless yours is oversized. For these chairs a king sized sheet will be necessary. Other materials include a couple of coordinated throw pillows. Upholstery pins are optional, though I didn’t use them on my chair.
Instructions. The basic idea here is to toss the sheet over the chair and tie up the sides. To make your chair look “hip” instead of merely a chair with a sheet over it, these tips might help.
Choose a fun top sheet print. I used solid gold for my chair because I’m cheap and it was in my linen closet. A colorful print will also work though you should select one that will coordinate the the chair’s upholstery. Inexpensive top sheets can be found at discount department stores or remaindered stores (like Ross) for $10 and under.
Use the cushion as an anchor. Sheet-over-the-chair makeovers often have the sheet covering the seat cushion. If the the seat cushion is in decent shape, rest it on top of the sheet instead. The contrasting colors are interesting to look at plus the cushion serves a dual purpose in anchoring your sheet to the chair. Most vintage easy chairs have reversible cushions; be sure to use the side that shows the least amount of wear.
The back should rest flat and securely. While it’s OK to have the sheet drape loosely over the arms, the chair will have more of a finished look if the sheet covering the backrest is pulled taut. This is where using the seat cushion as an anchor comes in handy. If this isn’t an option with your chair, upholstery pins will secure the sheet and keep it in place.
Loosely knot the sides. The simplest way to secure the sheet to the side of the chair is by grabbing the two opposite corners of the sheet, stretching them over the chair’s base, and then tying them in a loose knot.
Add cushions. To finish your 90 second chair makeover, toss a coordinated cushion into the corner of the chair.
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