Re-Covering The Old Pieces

rcopWhether you’re incorporating a hand-me-down sofa into your living room or simply sprucing up outdated upholstery, re-covering furniture in complementary fabrics can transform mismatched parts into stylish wholes, says Jason Roberts of Portland’s MCM League. Reasons to consider refurbishing old pieces are construction (it’s better to update sturdy antique and vintage furniture than replace them with lesser-quality pieces), design (the look of a favorite armchair may prove difficult to find again), and COST (new covers are generally priced far lower than new furniture). To make your decision just a little easier, we tried three options on the sofa and armchair above–reupholstery, custom slipcovers, and Sure Fit slipcovers.