Whether looking for a pattern or making your own, there are slipcover styles to favor any chair.
What does a slipcover do? It protects upholstery and can conceal the seat and or back of any chair. Slipcovers also are a great alternative to reupholstering chairs since they can be removed for cleaning. They also can completely transform the look of chairs to accompany a change in décor or season.
Lately, it seems, slipcovers are wonderfully embellished with elegant decorative details such as buttons, ties and tabs so they have original looks of their own, quite different from permanent upholstery.
One of the prettiest, from Urban Grace [top] are 2-piece white linen covers for curved back chairs with spindle ears. The tailored seats are plain but covers for the back wrap around, letting the spindles peek through, and are secured by loops that slip over covered buttons. Welting helps emphasize the graceful curved lines of the chair backs.
Then there are these highly detailed two-color raw silk beauties with alternating ivory and white panels on the back and along the apron. While they appear to close with Velcro on the sides, they are embellished with a row of covered buttons down the back – reminiscent of an old-fashioned wedding dress – that also serve to deftly point up the subtle color blocks.
Nashville Designer Mary Spalding chose a brown-on-ecru windowpane check for the chairs in her Italian-inspired kitchen. (Don’t miss the Roman tub in her house). Relatively plain, the tops are neatly made to slip down, letting the fabric pattern do the work.
Even the prettiest woven bistro chairs can be refreshed with a slipcover made like this one. Oh, the charm of tablecloth checks which are surprisingly effective at pointing up the unusual silhouette of the chair back. For detailing, nothing beats the discreet loose cushion that lines up perfectly with checks on the pleated skirt.
I’m always of two minds about chair covers that tie in back even though the bows look as terrific as they do in this McAlpine Booth dining room. The reason is horizontal stress on the seat cover which I never thought much about until a particularly athletic young guest sat down on a seat cushion with so much force the ties ripped right out. If I wanted bows, I’d likely sew them on premade and depend on Velcro for keeping things in place.
(Source: urbangraceinteriors.com, Mc Alpine Booth, tartanscot.blogspot.com)
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