How to make a chair cover

The covers have become a convenient option whether you want to protect the upholstery of your chair or cover its wear giving life with a new style and colour. If you like to take over these types of projects in your home, you have available ideas to tailor exactly or looser and more innovative designs.

Perhaps, for the family budget, it is not time to talk about new furniture. However, this does not have to mean that you cannot make a change to how your armchairs or sofas look. If there is something to thank the DIY world and all those DIY tips, it is that, in this case, just a little sewing skill and good taste is enough to make the covers more convenient and beautiful.

The reasons for making a cover for your chair are all justified and very understandable. They commonly include covering worn upholstery or different room decor with a new look. However, a cover is also a great and smart forecast for a new sofa or chair that is exposed and at risk in environments with children or pets.

Upholstery or cover

Aside from tilting the scale toward the sleeves when it comes to cost considerations, there are other important things to consider in this decision. The first would be to discard the upholstery entirely if what you want is to protect a newly purchased chair and make sure that the original upholstery remains intact.

However, this would be different if, in addition to original upholstery that reflects wear and tear, the chair frame is not in good condition and needs to be reinforced. In this case, a case is not a useful option. Reupholstering is the most convenient option when, additionally, you know that there is some spring to adjust or it is necessary to replace the foam of the backrest or seat.

Now, if none of this is part of what the chair needs, a cover will be a cheaper alternative, even more, when you decide not to buy it made, but to choose the fabric that you like the most to make your DIY work.

An elastic cover

It is undeniable that a tailored cover that fits your wing chair like clothes will look great and sometimes even imitates its upholstery. However, we bring you another straightforward option to make and place in which the elasticity of soft lycra will be the protagonist of the fit and beauty. 

There are only four numbers in meters and centimetres that you will need to make this case. Measure 1 is the end-to-end width of the seat alone, 2 is the result from the lowest front of the chair going all the way up and down to the bottom of the back, 3 is the total height of the chair, and four and last the climax to the arm. 

With these measurements, you can take out the patterns of the three pieces necessary for the cover. The whole body is achieved with measure one as width and two as length and will be the most significant piece of fabric. Then the two sides are needed. 

These are achieved by making the pattern with half of measure two as width and length with step 3. You must fold the piece in half its length, and from the midpoint you lower each side, generating a semi-curved that is achieved with standard 4. 

As the last step and have already cut the pieces in fabric, the three are folded lengthwise to find their midpoint. The midpoints of the large portion are made to coincide with those of the curve on each side and are joined by sewing them on all sides. The result is a cover that you put on the chair and sinking it through the cracks in the seat and arms, and it takes the exact shape looking, directly, fantastic.

Other types of covers 

Creativity also plays an important role when you want to design or vary the standard cover models that are available in the market. Here are some possibilities of very functional covers to have the best wing chair or sofa.

  1.   No measures that fit

This is an excellent idea on cases that you like and it’s very simple to do. Looks like falling fabrics looking to cover only the seat base and backrest and the two sides. The material you choose can be smooth or padded; the important thing is that it is somewhat thick for more comfort when sitting and getting up. 

Both the back of the backrest and the sides of the armrests, the fabric is dropped, but taking care not to touch the floor. Some take advantage of these lateral falls make them kind of pockets to place the remote controls or a magazine comfortably. 

  1.   For seat cushions only

This is another practical and straightforward concept if you have a sofa with two or three cushions as seats. The best thing is that you do not have to buy fabric for this proposal, but use a double or queen size sheet that you have in your wardrobe. 

The only thing to do is to place the cushions together side by side and wrap them with the sheet. Mark where to join according to how tight you want the cover. Sew all its end and back and voila. You already have a cover to put the cushions where they will look like a single and large cushion. 

In conclusion, the best cover for your wing chair is the one you have in mind, and you can design it to look anchored and great, but, at the same time, with one hundred per cent of a functionality that allows you to remove it, wash it and put it back when you want.

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