Getting a slipcover for your loveseats can be costly. This is because you will be needing certain measurements from your loveseat that will add complexity, therefore adds value in buying one. But what if I tell you that you have other options rather than buying slipcovers? In this article, I will be teaching you how to cover a loveseat with a sheet. Yes, you read that right, you can cover a whole loveseat just by using sheets.
But before we’ll know how to cover a loveseat with a sheet, we first need to know what a loveseat is.
What is a loveseat?
A loveseat is one of two kinds of two-seat chairs. One style, known as “British two-seaters,” is almost interchangeable with “two-seat sofa.” It is typically equipped with two upholstered chairs. Another kind, also known as a tête-à-tête, courting bench, kissing bench, gossip’s chair, or talking bench, is any type of two-seat furniture in which the two seats are placed in an S configuration, allowing two people to converse while looking at each other and being within arm’s reach, while usually maintaining a moderate barrier between them.
Loveseat vs Couch
You need to know the difference between a loveseat and a couch, you might mistakenly cover a couch and not a loveseat.
A loveseat is designed to seat one to two people and has just one to two cushions. A couch, on the other hand, is bigger than a loveseat and has two to four cushions on average. Cushions are mostly broader in length and diameter. A couch with more cushions invites many users to sit and sleep comfortably.
Materials You Need
Now that we know what a loveseat is and how it differs from a couch, for us to know how to cover a loveseat with a sheet, we need these materials:
- Cushion filler
- Heavy-duty safety pins
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Fabric shears
- Tape measure
- Rubber bands
- Cardboard tubes
- Fabric tacks
How to Cover a Loveseat with a Sheet?
If you need to buy covers, you’ll need a tape measure to estimate the length, height, and width of the loveseat, as well as fabric tacks. Make a list of all measurements and purchase or repurpose flat sheets that are greater than the dimensions of the loveseat. If the cushions are in good condition, you do not want to retrieve them. Otherwise, you should weigh them as well. Purchase fresh cushion filler if the cushion lining has to be replaced.
Ideally, use bed sheets and cloth tacks that are the same color as the loveseat. This reduces the see-through appearance and gives the impression that the loveseat has been sealed. If you want to leave the cushions as they are, make sure the sheets match. The cloth should be made of a long-lasting fiber, such as thick cotton or twill. Flat sheets are preferable, but fitted sheets may have the elastic removed if necessary.
Use one or two king-size flat sheets, depending on the size of the mattress. Choose one that would conveniently drape over the whole sofa and all the way around. A full-size sheet can suffice for covering a chair.
When purchasing cloth tacks, purchase at least two dozen, and for an artistic touch, look for ones with roses, rhinestones, vintage brass finishes, and other styles. This will really make the furniture stand out. Until pressing on the tacks, smooth out as many wrinkles as possible. If your slipcovers begin to sag and you don’t want to redo the tacks, a smart solution would be wrapping rubber bands around several narrow cardboard tubes. Push the tubing into the crevices of the loveseat, and the bands would work to keep the sheets in place.
Lay the sheet over the loveseat and smooth out any wrinkles with your fingertips. Then, tuck the sheet into the corners of the loveseat to protect it. Be sure there is ample material for the front and sides. Insert the cloth tacks into the sheets and onto the loveseat in places where they can not be seen.
Tack the front of the sheet that is hitting the floor to the underside of the loveseat. Then, tack the sheet to the back of the loveseat as far back as you can. You must also tack the sheet to the armrests. Tack it to the underside of each armrest.
Since you will be removing the cloth, you may cover the cushions with fitted sheets. Fabric shears and heavy-duty safety pins are needed for this step. Choose sheets that are wide enough to cover the cushions and lay one flat on the floor. If the sheets are mounted, gently remove the elastic from the sides and discard it.
Place the pillow in the middle of the sheet and tie the cloth around it like a gift. Trim any extra material; otherwise, it would be too heavy and will not lie flat on the cushion. Now, using the safety pins, tie the sheet together. Repeat the procedure with the remaining cushions and put them on the loveseat, face up.
If you’re handy with a sewing machine or needle and thread, you can even weigh the loveseat cushions and sew covers for them out of your sheets, much as you would with a pillow. When drawing out the cushion form for this project, it’s best to add 3 centimeters of the seam allowance. Adding zippers to the sides of these covers would make removing the cushion covers for washing even easier.
You don’t need to spend a huge amount of cash to make your loveseat presentable. All you need are a few materials that are all available in your homes and this article to make your own slipcover.