After a few rousing dinner parties with friends or that hearty (and messy) family Thanksgiving meal, your dining room chairs might look a bit worse for the wear. But before you head to the nearest furniture shop, consider slip-covering your chairs. Though most often associated with couches and living room chairs, slipcovers can be used in any room of your home, even the dining room.
Slipcovers for dining room chairs are relatively inexpensive and, as an added bonus, can change and update the look of your dining alcove. Once your slipcovers become outdated or stained, you can easily replace them, saving the look and feel of your dining room without spending a lot of cash.
There are many options available when it comes to slipcover fabrics. Leather or suede offer a sophisticated look, while denim gives a laid-back, relaxed feel. Solid colors are contemporary, while floral designs or patterns can range from the classic to the colorful. Seasonal slipcovers are also a fun touch to consider. Texture is another fabric consideration. Consider fabrics with a thick nap, like velvet, or with a textured surface, like damask. Tassels, sashes, buttons, and trims can be added for interest.
Slipcovers with special details can instantly transform a room. A slipcover with a pleated skirt can cover beat-up chair legs. Form-fitting covers create a smooth, sleek look. If you have two chairs that are the same style but with different upholstery, slipcovers can give you an instant matched set. If your dining room is neutral in color, consider patterned or bright solid slipcovers: they'll add an instant cheerful vibe.
Most slipcovers fasten to chairs with ties, zippers, or button-on tabs. They're easy to remove and most can be washed at home. Most local home stores offer a wide variety of slipcover shapes, sizes, and styles.