Custom slipcovers can be a great way to refresh your tired upholstered furniture. But there are a few things to consider. If the springs and seat foam are in good condition, then you’re ready for your slipcover. If the springs need repair or the foam needs to be replaced, consider having that done before fitting the slipcover. That’s especially important with a custom slipcover that’s going to fit tight, like the upholstery on the furniture. I find most one person slipcover businesses don’t do those types of repairs, so you may want to check with your local upholsterer about that work.
Slipcovers tend to be a little less expensive than upholstery. That’s because it takes less time to make a slipcover. One of the advantages of a slipcover is the ability to take it of for cleaning. Try to get a water washable fabric, like cotton/polyester or 100% polyester and always make sure the finished seams are overlocked to prevent them from coming apart in the wash. Use a front load washer and I recommend air drying. Fabrics that are rated for dry cleaning only, are fine, but are more expensive to have cleaned.