I've got cats and cats love sleeping on furniture. My long-haired cat is forever choking up hair balls, usually while she is on my sofa and then I have one royal mess to clean up. I've been combatting this issue by using throws over the areas where the cats sleep - but I am so tired of the look of throws everywhere...
Here is my sofa:
Here is my sofa:
I like my sofa, I'd even like to just leave it looking like this all the time, but I can't stand the cat hair and cleanup duty. I explored the idea of sewing my own covers for the cushions only, but I don't have a sewing machine and the thought of hand sewing the covers makes me shiver. I Googled slipcovers but I find them all horribly expensive, especially since I only really want them to keep my sofa safe from cat hairballs and such.
I want something inexpensive, reasonably attractive in a colour I like and that I can chuck in the washer & dryer as often as I like.
Enter Ikea and the Indira 100% cotton bedspread for under $20. Can you say love?? LOVE LOVE LOVE. I already own 3 of them because they are so versatile and they come in green, white, brown & navy. They come in two sizes as well (bigger is more expensive, of course).
The chocolate brown one would be sweet, but since I already have 3 of these bedspreads, I'll spare myself the $20 and use mine.
I don't like the look of those slipcovers that look like a blanket thrown over the couch - reminds me of those movies where people go into unused houses and everything is covered with dust sheets. Instead I wrapped and tucked the bedspread around the cushions only. If I was really into it, I'd sew the outer edges around the cushions (the ones that can't get tucked in) just to keep things from sliding around but since I'm lazy, I'll use a safety pin instead. The bedspread is long enough that it doesn't come untucked from behind either set of cushions. It doesn't slide around that much either, I'm very happy to report!!
That's Maggie. Doesn't she look so sweet, butter wouldn't melt in her mouth?? NOT! For my next trick, I'm going to figure out how to paint those raised bars to look like ticking stripes... have I mentioned paint is my life??!!
Not bad for $20 and 5 minutes worth of tucking and wrapping!