Slipcovers are a-changing around here! I’m excited to report that after sitting idle in our house for more than 3 months, we finally have a new slipcover for our favorite living room sofa!
But let’s back up for a minute – I’ve gotten ahead of myself! We’ve had our dear old corner IKEA Ektorp sofa since about 2005 I believe, and this dear old couch has seen 3 homes and now four different slipcovers. We had green, white, and most recently, beige:
I’d been eyeing the new charcoal gray color that IKEA came out with for some time, and once I showed it to DH he was sold. So what took us so long to actually get it on the sofa? Well, as I mentioned the couch has been in our home for about 8 years, and it isn’t a high-end sofa. The part underneath has some velcro where the slipcover sort of attaches, and all the velcro had pulled out, leading to a rather saggy looking slipcover. I vowed that before I allowed myself to put the new slipcover on that I’d fix the root of the problem. Apparently it took me about 3 months to finally gather the energy to tackle that project!
To repair the damage, I removed the old slipcover, and got out the staple gun. I carefully removed all the staples that had pulled out, and laid out the velcro strip where it needed to be re-attached. Then I set to work on stapling the velcro back to the frame. I was surprised a bit by how challenging it was to get the staples to go through the velcro, batting, and all the way into the wood frame. There were a TON of staple casualties. But I kept at it until my arms were too tired, took a break, and then finished up that bad boy!
Relived and proud that I had finally earned the right to enjoy the new slipcover, I set to work on switching out the beige for the gray. Luckily on about the 8th cushion DH came back from the store and was able to finish up – my arms and hands were super tired! But it was totally worth it. We both love the look of the new slipcover. The pillows we had already really pop more than before when the couch was beige:
Now that the couch is a darker color:
Have you swapped any slipcovers recently? Do you also have a gray couch that you love? Got a living room that’s still very much in-process?