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To Slipcover Or Not To Slipcover- Pros And Cons

Deciding Between Slipcovers And Upholstery Can Be A Difficult Decision.Certain slipcovers have a bad rap, and rightfully so. They can resemble unflattering sheets of fabric with a few pieces of elastic holding them to your sofa or chair.

But order a piece of furniture with a well-fitting custom slipcover (like the ones we make at Threadz NOLA) and you will learn that slipcovers can be the perfect solution to many problems.

So how do you know if slipcovers are for you?

If any of the following pros below apply to you, you should consider a slipcover.


Pros Of Slipcovers

  • You want white. White furniture looks great, but unless you’re going to put a “do not sit on this” sign up, it will get stained at some point. Your neighbor’s new pair of jeans will leave it a little blue or a glass of red wine will splatter. If you have a slipcover, you can clean it a lot easier.

  • You like to change your look. It’s a lot faster, easier, and less expensive to switch out a slipcover than to buy a completely new piece of furniture.

  • You have kids or pets. Slipcovers can bounce back easily from the mayhem that comes from children or animals. Dirt can be washed off and, if there’s a tear, you can just buy a new cover.

  • You prefer a casual, comfortable look. Our slipcovers are fitted specifically for the furniture frame, but they can still look a little loose or wrinkled. If you like a cozy, inviting vibe, they will give you that!

  • You’re obsessively clean. There’s no substitute for washing something with soap and water, and you can get that feeling about your furniture if you have a slipcover.


If your couch or chair is well built and sturdy then you will probably want to invest the money and pay to have your piece reupholstered or slipcovered. If the furniture is well made and quality workmanship, then do it.

If the furniture is cheap and flimsy, don’t bother. I think second-hand or vintage furniture is usually well made and better constructed than what most of us are buying today. Unfortunately to buy quality, new furniture today is very expensive.


Cons Of Slipcovers

  • You want your furniture fabric tight. There needs to be a little wiggle room between a slipcover and the frame so that you can get it on and off easily. They will never fit perfectly tight.

  • You don’t like any wrinkles. Slipcovers can show wrinkles, especially after a wash. You can steam them, but even then it might not look perfectly smooth.

  • You don’t want to deal with washing anything. Cleaning a slipcover is relatively easy, but there are a few steps involved. You need to wash the frame slipcover separate from the cushion covers and then put them back on the furniture damp to finish drying. If that sounds like something you’ll never want to do, maybe don’t get a slipcover.


Types of fabrics

Custom-made slipcovers can be made out of many types of fabrics; upholstery, multi-use, and slipcover fabrics, so you can have a wide selection from which to choose.


  • Much higher quality of fabrics

  • High quality workmanship

  • Custom made to to precisely fit your particular furniture


  • The cost is considerably higher than ready-made

  • Since we custom fit your furniture, we need it in our shop. You will be without the furniture for a period of time, possibly a few weeks


Whether you're updating an old favorite or refreshing a flea market find, Threadz Nola can take your favorite piece and upcycle it in a way that can make a big impact.

Each of our slipcovers are custom tailored to fit your particular piece of furniture. This process is best suited for furniture that is in good condition, that either you like a lot, or it's sentimental or is high quality.

Our custom-made slipcovers are designed to fit all the curves and shapes of your particular furniture.

Threadz Nola is family-owned and operated, specializing in custom Upholstery, Drapery, and Décor. We are a woman and minority-owned business, servicing clients across the United States. Our team is made up of master upholsterers and seamstresses with over 30 years of combined experience and a passion for craftsmanship.

Give Us A Call At (504) 717-8180.

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