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Slipcover Trends

Slipcover Trends

By Sam L., 2/17/2019

​The Shabby Chic trend began in the 1980s in England. It is a form of interior design where furniture is chosen for its antique look and then repurposed to show age. This applies to the slipcover industry because slipcovers were very popular in the 1800s up to the early-to-mid twentieth century and because a custom slipcover is an easy way to repurpose an old sofa or chair. In recent years, the Shabby Chic interior design style has reached its Zenith. Because of this, slipcover sales have exponentially increased.
Under the standard slipcover design each cushion will normally have an individual cover and there is one large cover for the sofa or chair. Welting is typically used. Welting is a term used to describe cording (the term 'piping' is used to describe welting in cars), but the client always has the option to go without it. Most slipcovers are made using box pleats. When a slipcover has box pleats, the pleats are on each edge of the skirt. Some trending options right now include: flat flange, ruffles, knife pleats on the skirt, a scalloped skirt, a waterfall skirt or no skirt at all. Flat flange is a term used to describe a ridge of fabric without cording. Flat flange sometimes takes the place of welting. A ruffled skirt can be sometimes substituted for boxed pleats. Knife pleats are a similar concept to box pleats, however if knife pleats are used there is a pleat approximately every 2 inches. A slipcover with a scalloped skirt has a curve on the edge of the skirt every 4 inches or so that resembles a scallop. A slipcover with a waterfall skirt has no separation between the body of the slipcover and the skirt.


Brief History of Slipcovers

Brief History of Slipcovers

By Sam L., 2/17/2019

In the early nineteenth century furniture was proportionately more expensive than it is today. It was commonplace for loose covers to be used to cover upholstery. This was before home air conditioning and furniture needed to be protected from sweat. The popularity of slipcovers reached its height during the nineteen twenties. At that time it was in vogue to have furniture that imitated the past styles of furniture such as the Baroque style, Jacobean style (1600-1690), Queen Anne style (1700-1755), and the Chippendale furniture style (1750-1790). These furniture pieces were grandiose, ornate, and were very expensive. Because they were expensive they needed to be protected.

In the 1960s, because of advances in production, furniture became proportionately less expensive than it had been in years past. It became cheaper to buy new furniture than to have a slipcover custom made. The slipcover industry declined. In recent years there has been a renewed interest in slipcovers driven by interior designers and the popularity of the shabby chic design style.

The Importance of Interior Designers

By Natalie Lehman, 03/20/2020 


When decorating your home, interior designers can be enormously helpful … in nearly every aspect!  


We are experts in space-planning. Many of us are trained to use the same computer programs as architects, and during renovation projects, we reconfigure floor plans with the help of licensed engineers and architects who know how to spot load-bearing walls. Before purchasing furniture for your living room, bedroom, or dining room, and interior designer will measure the space and determine what the scale of your pieces should be to avoid an overly-crowded (or sparse) appearance.  Interior designers know the best distance between sofas and coffee tables, how much walking space there should be around the dining table, and how the proper placement of appliances in a kitchen will make life easier. Not only do we make bookshelves look amazing, but we also expertly organize all the closets and pantry shelves.  Lots of us have experience in barrier-free design.  This concept is greatly important in allowing as many individuals as possible to access and use spaces comfortably.


When it comes to choosing furniture, light fixtures, and plumbing fixtures like tubs/faucets, interior designers are familiar with many brands and options that come with them.  Due to this, we can listen to your needs (with budget and room size in mind), and help you create a shopping list.  Once the list is ready, your interior designer is connected to a variety of vendors and fabricators who are experts in their respective niches.  Most of us have developed relationships with vendors who constantly educate us about new products, new technology, and what brands offer the most “bang for your buck.” 


Interior designers understand the properties of various fabrics allowing us to recommend certain types for window treatments, upholstery, or bedding.  We know which fabrics require a knit backing if used in upholstery, which are easiest to clean, and how to blend even bold colors and patterns without things getting too busy.  During consultations, designers are often asked to help choose color schemes.  Color choice can affect mood, increase occupant energy, or encourage relaxation.  It can even help those with low vision navigate a space when highly contrasting hues are used to signal approaching walls, etc.  


If you are one of those people who love to decorate in light neutrals or monochrome schemes, various textures will be your best friends.  How does one highlight all these interesting, eye-catching surfaces?  Lighting.  Different types of surfaces reflect light in their own unique way.  Smooth surfaces appear bright and shiny while fuzzy surfaces appear soft and wood pieces glow.  In the absence of bright color, these textures provide plenty of visual interest and can be very calming.  Interior designers know there are several things to consider when planning for adequate lighting.  You need adequate ambient light for way-finding and you need adequate task lighting for reading.  Decorative lighting is another category, but these pieces may not provide enough ambient or task lighting for your purposes.

As you can see, interior designers do quite a bit!  Your space should function well according to your individual needs, but that doesn’t mean the space has to bore you.  Simply put, your home can be practical AND pretty.  Interior designers are the experts in making this happen!



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