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Using slipcovers to update your look

Jessica Watson is a mom to five, four in her arms and one in her heart. She lives in Michigan where her life is as unpredictable as the weather. After the loss of her infant daughter in 2007, Jessica left the corporate world behind, vowe...

Slip on a new style

Slipcovers are not what they used to be. Memories of sitting on that stiff floral sheet covering Aunt Norma's couch and wondering what was actually under there have given slipcovers a bad name.
Slipcovered couch

Here are eight great finds to help freshen up the stale reputation of slipcovers and save you the thousands you might spend on a new piece of furniture.

Summer is the perfect time to think about slipcovering your furniture. Extra traffic through the house, extra sticky hands and sandy feet that haven't made it to the bath yet can all make their way to your well-kept furniture.

Whether you would like to change the look of a room, create an accent chair or just preserve the integrity of the furniture you already have, here are a few great places to shop for slipcovers and a favorite find from each:

Sure Fit Slipcover

Macy's

The Sure Fit Slipcover in classic neutrals can change the look of any room. You would never know it is a slipcover from its tailored look and perfect fit and, best of all, it's washable!

Cotton Duck

J.C. Penney

A Cotton Duck one-piece slipcover can transform any chair. The gorgeous accent ties give it a feminine feel, and it is easy to remove, wash and replace again and again.

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Ektorp Chair

Ikea

Ikea is known for their affordable furniture and almost all of it can be slipcovered. The Ektorp Chair is part of this line and not only is it versatile and comfortable but there are 12 different slipcovers to chose from.

Stretch Pique Raven Black Wingback

Slipcovershop.com

This specialty online retailer creates slipcovers for everything from couches to pet beds. A gorgeous way to reclaim your old wingback chair is to cover it with this Stretch Pique Raven Black Wingback cover.

Target slipcover

Target

Looking for a splash of color for the summer? Go bold and try this Jersey Slipcover Loveseat in aqua or any of the other vibrant colors in this line. Perfect for brightening up just about any space!

Washable Furniture Slipcover

L.L. Bean

Did you know that aside from carrying an amazing array of clothing, L.L. Bean produces durable, washable AND fashionable slipcovers? This Washable Furniture Slipcover screams "beach house" and will look perfect in any sunroom, living room or cottage.

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Burlap Ottoman Cover by Paula and Erika

Etsy

Well since you can find just about anything on Etsy it is fitting (no pun intended) that you should find slipcovers there as well. There are hundreds of different types of slipcovers from a variety of shops, but I fell in love with this Burlap Ottoman Cover by Paula and Erika. Who knew you could make an ottoman look so cute??

Dropcloth Loose-Fit Slipcover

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn offers slipcovers to fit any furniture in your home, not just the furniture they sell. Who knew? I certainly didn't. But now I can't get enough of this Dropcloth Loose-Fit Slipcover in twill. Somehow it looks elegant and sophisticated yet comfortable and inviting.

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