If the budget doesn’t allow for all new furniture, there is an alternative. Slipcovers can provide a quick and easy makeover for any room in your home.
Slipcovers are very versatile and you can change the entire color palette of a room. Dark upholstery pieces that create a warm, inviting atmosphere in the winter months may seem a bit too warm for spring and summer. Solution: Light Colors which can create a cool haven for those hot, humid days.
Do you have kids and pets? Slipcovers can be a relatively inexpensive way to extend the life of your new furniture. Just think, when the kids head off to college, you can whip off the slipcover and have a brand-new sofa!
Ready-made slipcovers are available in most home-decor stores and catalogs, but will not fit like a custom fitted slipcover. They come in a variety of styles and sizes. Custom fitted slipcovers are also an option from Simplicity Sofas, but only for our sofas, chairs and sectionals. The great feature of a custom fitted slipcover is that you do not need to tuck in the fabric every time you get up. The main part of the slipcover fits over the entire base and each cushion has its own cover. The pictures below explain it all.
Don’t be afraid to use color in your slipcovers when designing your space. A festive red sofa with patterned slipcovers for an extra splash of color. Lightly painted walls and open windows create an open airy space.
Below are several pictures of slipcovers and styles
Photos and article HGTV (Shari Hiller is co-author with Matt Fox of Real Decorating for Real People.) and Simplicity Sofas
Have a small space and always dreamed of a sectional?
You DON’T need to give up your dreams.
All Sectionals can be rearranged in a matter of minutes and will fit thru any opening of 15” or wider. Additional Armless pieces can be added as needed or removed and can be used as Armless chairs. The “L” can be moved from left to right in just a few minutes just in case you want to place it in another room or if you move and need a different layout. It can be taken apart and reassembled over and over without damaging the integrity of the pieces. All units are 30.5” deep and 35” high.
If you want a lot of seating with more open space the sectional is the way to go. Here are several pictures showing sectionals from a 4 piece to an 11 piece.
4 piece L-Shape Sectional measures only 6.84’ x 4.92’ 6 Piece Sectional 6.92’ x 8.84’
Standard Corner Unit Standard Corner Unit
6 Piece plus Large Storage Ottoman 7 Piece U-Shape Sectional plus Bumper/Ottoman
Standard Corner Unit Both Wedge & Standard Corner Units
Ottoman & Bumper/Ottoman can be moved
5 Piece 6.84’ x 6.84’ 11 Piece 16.84’ x 8.84’ The largest one we’ve built yet!
Standard Corner Unit Standard Corner Unit
These are 7 Piece plus Bumper/Ottoman
Both Wedge & Standard Corners
Picture of left side Wedge Corner Picture of right side Standard Corner
Wedge Corner Unit 42” w
Wedge Corner creates extra seating & leg room
Standard Corner Unit 30” w
Left Arm Unit 28” Armless Unit 23” Right Arm Unit 28”
Simplicity Sofas loves small living spaces. We don’t shy away from a challenge. We’ve never been defeated by a narrow hallway or a twisted stairway. Recently, we sold our 2,500th Simplicity Sofa without one single customer complaint!
In the years we’ve been serving small space dwellers, we’ve learned a lot about how all of you are living small, but not FEELING small. Here are a couple of tips on how to make your small space bigger courtesy of our pal Nike Onile over at her blog Eight Hundred Sq. Ft. from her recent blog post, “Small Space Solutions – 8 Rules for Stylish Living in 800 sq. ft’”
#1 Fill your space with right size furniture.
Living in an apartment, condo, or loft requires scaled down furntiure. Here you see our award winning Megan sofa. This stylish, comfortable sofa is perfect for your small space. Pictured above is the Megan apartment size sofa: Dimensions are 68Wx34Dx35H. Apartment dwellers love this sofa as we see in this testimonial:
“I just had the greatest experience with this company, Simplicity Sofas. I am thrilled with my new sofa. The quality is wonderful, they were great to work with guiding me through the process throughout, and it really did only take me 15 minutes to assemble my sofa. It is a full size sofa that I was able to fit through a very narrow doorway. It is not like other modular pieces of furniture I’ve owned that were more of “recreation room” quality. This is a first rate piece of furniture. Luxurious and manufactured with quality materials. I’m so glad I found them.”
#2 Use Vertical Space Stand in the middle of your living space and look up.
Chances are you’ll see lots of unused space you could take advantage of that would make your home appear and feel larger.
#3 Lights and Mirrors
Lights and mirrors are essential to the person living in a small space. Mirrors give the appearance of more space and interesting lighting make use of reflective surfaces and add style and glamour to you home.
I have been watching my Dad enjoy his retirement . He’s recently taken up RVing and he’s having the time of his life with friends and family along the way. Fuel prices as they are, these guys do not spend their well-earned retirement money on much else. Why sit at home when you can take your friends and family wherever you want to go in a convenient, safe and economical way; without the burden of airline hassles, hotel prices and rental car disappointments?
Get on the road again …
and furnish your surroundings the way my Dad did with his RV! He got the most of his seating environment by installing quality Ready-To-Assemble furniture. I hope to show you how to be more comfortable, on your way to getting to your destination and I really want to know about your experiences once you’re there. Simplicity Sofas is the leading manufacturer of furniture that fits in small spaces. You can take a look at their collections of stylish, durable, and functional and see for yourself why Simplicity Sofas is the leader in sofas and sectionals for small spaces.
Did you know?
You can take an RV places I never would have imagined and with a little help from Simplicity Sofas, you can furnish it comfortably, too. Dad’s making the most of it and enjoying these places. If you are really into RVing, you have already researched the multitude of destination travel; or you are one who has been there, done that and wants to do it again!
What a trip!!
We would like to hear about your RV experiences here, too!! Do you want to know more about retrofitting your RV for space planning, seating and a more comfortable lifestyle while traveling this way? Let us know. Simplicity Sofas has the answers to your RV or, even your boating needs. Yes, my Dad just did buy a “small cruising boat” and he is installing a small apartment sofa and love seat in the cabins. — You know, the two best days in a boat owner’s life?
Check back later on that one.
For now – Happy RVing and let us know your story! Do you have photos to share? Send them or a link to them so we can place them here!!
I am just happy that my Dad is RVing now and has used this product to create additional room for the RV small space. Send me pictures of your RV space and I can help you create a place that you can “retire and ride.”
Please don’t tell Dad I wrote an article about him and his adventures. I just wanted to share this with enthusiast like you.
I ran into an college buddy the other night and we were talking about our dorm room from Freshman year. We considered ourselves quite innovative in the manner in which we made use of the limited furnishings provided and turned the beds into lofts (a few cement blocks may have gone missing in the local area) and squeezed a futon in. We thought we had quite the “pad” at the time. We laughed as we considered the whole set-up as deluxe accommodations. We thought the ladies would be impressed by our great room. We should have put the Star Wars action figures away. The things we know now…
Now, some 20+ years later, we are all required to be innovators when it comes to figuring out how to layout a room. It is even more difficult since I purchased an old Victorian home. We converted the former attic space into a great loft. The only problem is we have about 25″ of clearance to swing any furniture of scale around the corner of the stair landing. Thankfully though, in today’s world you can find small sofas, apartment sofas, sofas for tight spaces and all kinds of things that can help. The only problem is most of them are very complex, and difficult to assemble. In addition, the quality is suspect.
I did a great deal of research and landed on Simplicity Sofas. I checked them out, and was impressed by the reviews, and the videos which illustrated easy assembly. In fact, there is one with an eight year old putting together one of their sofas. We ordered some fabric swatches, and they were really free. They came in the mail with a catalog. We went on the website and built our sofa. We received a call, and everything was exactly as they said it would be. A few weeks later, UPS came, and a few hours later, we had a sofa in the loft. You can actually still rely on some companies in this day and age.
Well, it may not be my old dorm room, but I have to say the loft space is being enjoyed by the family. I can now enjoy a good book, and relax on my sofa. The family is enjoying the sofa, and that is all that matters. We did not get it assembled in 10 minutes like the boy in the video, but we still had it set and up within a half hour.
(SJR is a writer and lives in the Boston area. We thank him for his submission and appreciate his letting us post to our blog.)