How To: Measure Your Sofa For A Custom-Made Slipcover

This combined with the mock tufting technique = awesome new sofa! I need to get rid of the sectional monstrosity living in my apartment (my mothers thriftiness is short on taste sometimes) and relieve my parents overcrowded living room of the extra sofa they refused to part with when they downsized homes 9 years ago. Problem is, though it has good bones, it’s made of fabric I, um, wouldn’t personally choose, and that the cat would certainly RELISH shredding to bits.

I think my sofa make-over will be a win-win. Fingers crossed.

090808_slipcover01.jpgIf you are looking to change the color scheme in your home, it may include changing the color of your sofa. With a measuring tape in hand and a bit of patience, you can correctly measure your sofa for your own custom-made slipcover. This process can be easy by following these measuring tips after the jump.

090808_slipcover04.jpgMeasuring the cushions and frame:

Please refer to the diagram and matching steps. While this may seem overwhelming, just take it step-by-step and you’ll have your measurements in no time.

Keep in mind that most companies custom make slipcovers to match a back. Common backs are Round Back, Tuxedo Back (both back and arm are the same heights), Low-Straight Back or High-Straight back. Here’s information on how to measure for a round back. For all 4 styles, click here for measurement information.

  • Seat Length (A) – Enter total length of all seat cushions in between the arms.
  • Seat Height (B) – Height of seat cushion.
  • Couch Length (C) – Measure base, left to right, approximately 4″ below seat cushion.
  • Arm to arm (C1) – Measure distance outside the arms at widest point.
  • Couch Depth (D) – Measure side depth of furniture at the bottom. (at seat cushion level)
  • Arm Depth (D1) – Measure Arm depth, from tip of the arm to the back.
  • Skirt Width (E) – Measure from underneath of seat cushion down to the floor. (in center of furniture)
  • Back Overlay (F) – Remove seat cushion, measure from seat cushion base over the back and down to floor.
  • Arm Width (G) – Top of arm. Measure at widest point.
  • Arm Width (G1) – Bottom of arm. Measure at lowest point.
  • Arm Height (H) – Measure from tip of arm down to cushion base.
  • Seat Depth (I) – Measure depth of seat cushion.
  • Back Height (J) – Remove seat cushion, Measure from base of furniture to the top.

[Information via Slipcovershop]

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Faux Bois <3 <3

Thanks Apartment Therapy. I am freakishly addicted to you, and you always put out the goods.

06308lightblock_01.jpgEcoresin is a translucent, non-toxic polyester resin composed of 40% post-industrial polyester content. But equally important is that it can be used to make beautiful decor objects like the Light Block, which only reveals its hidden branch pattern when illuminated…

We’re wondering if we could make something similar using DIY wood grain paper sheets and a balsa wood frame. Looks like we might have a DIY craft project in the making.

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Growing a Garden in a Jar

The reason I’m collecting jars at the moment…


atla-062708-terrarium.jpgIf your small space has no green space, you might want to consider going very small and grow a garden in a bottle. Instructions after the jump…

  1. Find a good sized bottle
  2. Use it upright or turn it on its side.
  3. Layer damp sand and small pebbles on the floor of the bottle. Consider a layer of activated charcoal to absorb any smells and a layer of moss to keep the soil from settling. Add your soil.
  4. Choose seeds from small plants with similar requirements that can stand a good deal of humidity.
  5. Place your mini-greenhouse in medium sun and tend it carefully.

For more details, see WikiHow.

[image via Medoria’s Flickr Page, licensed with a Creative Commons License]

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tea stain

No, not your mugs, paper! My wedding invitations to be exact. I haven’t 100% decided to do it, I’ve just done it to my test prints, the ones that I screwed up figuring out alignment, color, opacity, blah blah.

I’m gonna wait til morning to see how well they dry, etc, before I commit. Some people microwaved them or put them in the oven, but the hanging method seems to prevent splotches and warping best so far. Again, wait til morning…

Curiosity hasn’t yet killed Hades…

Good looking Gronos

What a great idea. Now I just need to pry Stu away from his Xbox and into Ikea, which is having its summer sale right now, so why I haven’t already been, I don’t know. Working at the Ikea in Pittsburgh for nearly 2 years hasn’t managed to put me off of them and their flat packed goodness, especially for home accessories. Things like: flower boxes for my railing (no balcony, just railing), super cheap fabric for projects, and plastic bird lights. All for just a few quid. Hurrah! Consumerism is alive and well in this American girl…

The Grono lamp is definitely a hacker favourite. Its smooth rectangle shape opens it to lots of possibilities. Here are a few.

Decoupage a Grono
Ingalill spent half an hour pimping this lamp. She found the picture and printed it, découpage it on and finished with a coat of varnish.

Grono lamp shade
Have a Grono pARTy
Jen of Painted Fish Studio threw a pARTy, where her friends gather at her house and make an art/craft project. The object in the limelight was the Grono and at the end of the evening, out came a delightful array of Grono lamps, pimped to perfection.

Grono lamp shadeGrono lamp shadePaper is used as the main decorative element, stuck onto the lamp with gel matte mediumgel matte medium – which takes longer to dry but more forgiving when it comes to placement than glue.

Grono lamp shadeLovely aren’t they? See pics of other Grono lamps.

Knitted Grono lamp shades
Michaela finds the Grono lamp too frugal. “It craved for an overlay. The milky background is just the right stage for a knitted lace cover in alpaca-silk-yarn,” she says.

Grono lamp shadeGrono lamp shade
See other Grono hacks:
> Palm leaf textured Grono lamp shade
> Grono as hanging bathroom lights
> Hand painted Grono lamp
> More Grono hacks including one with moo minicards

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Starch Your Walls

Um, yes? This is the kind of thing I’ve been waiting for. Minus a brief stint in a lavender colored room in Indiana, my walls have remained white or, *gasp in horror* magnolia. I have hated every minute of it, and nearly turned myself green with envy in an effort to brighten the place up whilst drooling through interior design blogs.

Some measurements and a good cheap fabric find are all I need…but I’m thinking even simplifying to a large strip the width of my bed as a giant faux headboard…or cutting out patterns like zebra stripes or trees…the possibilites are ENDLESS!



Kathy Miller (of Michael Miller Fabrics) told me she would be doing this a couple of months ago and I’ve been dying to try it- starching fabric to your walls.  She and her sister did a room makeover for Designing Spaces (scroll to the bottom of that page and you can watch the video).  Of course, the show makes it look like it can be done in a little over 2 minutes.  I would allow more time than that for your project.

Anyway, Kathy gives a quick explanation of it on her blog.  The great thing about it is the fabric stays as long as you want, but pulls down with a little water when you are ready to move on.  It sounds like a great alternative for apartment dwellers forbidden to wallpaper or paint!  Or for those that don’t want a long-term commitment with their wall choices.  I’m sure the technique would work for fabric appliques on the wall as well.  (I see visions of flowers and trees for children’s rooms, scroll designs for living rooms).  The great thing is it appears that the technique is infinitely redo-able (so mistakes can always be undone), the fabric won’t rip like wallpaper, and someone on the web claimed you can wash the fabric when you take it down and use it for something else.

Kathy used Sta Flo starch for their project (the liquid kind, undiluted).  If you can’t find liquid starch at your grocery store (it will be with the laundry soaps and spray starches), you can make your own from cornstarch.  The Argo Corn starch FAQ’s say:  “In a large bowl
or pot, stir 1/2 cup of corn starch into 1 cup of cold water. Stir in
boiling water (2 quarts for a heavy solution; 4 quarts for medium and 6
quarts for a light solution).” For these purposes, I’d go with the “heavy” solution.

Now everyone, everywhere can stick fabric to their walls.  And if you do it, be sure to show me a picture in my Furniture DIY flickr gallery (again, Jessica and my projects are so lonely over there)!  The fabric on the walls above, by the way, is Dick and Jane’s Harlequin fabric.  Where can you get that fabric?  Hummm, let’s see–  oh yeah, from me, here.

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