How can I make an inexpensive covering for sofa cushions?


I have a couch which is really showing wear & tear especially with the seat cushions. Unfortunately the cushions are not removable nor have any zippers at all so l can't turn them over to plump them up. I don't have a sewing machine either. The couch design is not doable for a couch slipcover. I bought the couch in a hurry so l didn't have the time to tell the cushions were stationary. Due to the wear & tear the couch is not very attractive & it's very uncomfortable to sit on. I welcome any suggestions. Thank you in advance. Kind Regards

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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 05, 2019

    It will be almost impossible to fashion any sort of covers for just the cushions that will stay in place if the cushions are not removeable.

    Why do you feel that the design of the couch is not suitable for a slipcover?

    Posting a picture of the couch would be helpful as then we could see exactly what you have to work with.

    • Karen Lee Karen Lee on Oct 12, 2019

      I've checked out slipcovers and have been unable to find anything close to the shape of my couch. So far l've checked several stores and online stores. The couch has very low arm rests and with the inability to remove or move the seat cushions and arm rest cushions l can't find a compatible style. I have to keep cost in mind so really need to come up with a workable solution. Thank you for commenting and l remain open to additional suggestions. Kind Regards

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 06, 2019

    Check you can pick from different sofa types with slipcovers that correspond to that style. They have dozens so at least check it out.

  • Cindy Cindy on Oct 06, 2019

    Hi Karen. I'm Cindy. You could use a drop cloth to cover your sofa. Use fabric glue or sew by hand. You can even stencil on a design. Use the cushions you have just beef them up with pillows or foam and batting. Good luck Karen.

    • Karen Lee Karen Lee on Oct 12, 2019

      Thank you Cindy for your suggestions. I've never considered this and it's very appealing, cost effective and original. I'm going to check into this further. Kind Regards Karen

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 07, 2019

    If the couch is suffering significant wear and tear and isn’t comfortable and is unattractive —those three may not be worth trying to refurbish.

    Fabric for reupholstering can be a costly consideration. The time cost and trouble may not be worthwhile effort.

    Consider used?

    Most times thrift stores, consignment shops, habitat for humanity shops and Craigslist have wonderful furniture options there. You might have to rent a Uhaul truck or van. I have purchased quality Ethan Allen, Drexel, Amish and other quality pieces of furniture at extreme discounted pricing -my recommendation would be to search for alternatives before proceeding with your rehab. Hope this helps.

    • Karen Lee Karen Lee on Oct 12, 2019

      I greatly appreciate your opinion and suggestions. I hadn't considered these options & will check into these. Kind Regards

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 08, 2019

    I don't know if the size you would need to fit your couch is available, but I do know that sells slipcovers on their website.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 12, 2019

    You're welcome.