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Slipcovers: Not just for your sofa

If you have a piece of furniture you love, but whose fabric is worn, dated, or not to your liking, a custom slipcover may be the perfect thing to freshen things up. Slipcovers are great for furniture that is still in good shape, meaning, the piece of furniture is structurally sound. Otherwise, you may need to reupholster the piece of furniture, and that is a totally different job altogether.

Spice up your existing furniture with custom slipcovers

When deciding on a slipcover to freshen up your furniture, you’ll generally want to avoid pre-made slipcovers. Rarely do they offer the right fit, and usually end up looking sloppy. They are usually also very basic in style, as they are made to cater the largest number of potential buyers. With a custom slipcover, not only is it made to fit your piece of furniture perfectly, but you can also choose the fabric, and there are literally THOUSANDS to choose from.

Slipcovers are also for pillows and cushions

Custom slipcovers are not only for sofas. They are for chairs, pillows, cushions, and more. Using your existing pillows and cushions, you can add spaces of color and style to any room by having custom slipcovers made with the fabric you love, that fit perfectly.

A custom slipcover on your sofa can change the entire look of a room

If you love the comfort of your current sofa but want to change the look of a room, a custom slipcover with your favorite fabric is the answer. You don’t need to buy a new sofa. You just need to find fabric that you LOVE and have it made into a custom slipcover.

Chairs and custom slipcovers are best friends

Custom slipcovers on chairs can help in many ways. For example, let’s say you want to blend your style from one room to the next. Custom slipcovers on your dining chairs that match the fabric of the sofa in the adjacent room can help pull things together. On the other hand, let’s say you want a striking conversation piece. Have a custom slipcover made for a chair in your living room that is a contrast to the neutral colors of the overall room.

Custom slipcovers are for ottomans, and it’s such a great way to jazz things up

Ottomans tend to get worn easily because of people’s feet always resting on them. They usually remain structurally sound, but the fabric can get worn. When that happens, consider a custom slipcover. You can really add a nice pop of design to a room with a beautiful new fabric, and if you’re looking to add pops slowly, an ottoman is a great place to start.

If you’re thinking about having a custom slipcover made, get in touch with us. We have thousands of fabrics to look through in our showroom on 20th Street between 5th and 6th in NYC, and we can create slipcovers in our workroom to fit your upholstered furniture perfectly.

Let us know if you have any questions!


Image Credit

a photo of interior design from a shelter magazine called elle decor

Shhhhh… NOT for the Trade Only

If you love interior design like we do, you most certainly enjoy flipping through shelter magazines like Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens, Elle Decor, and many others. They are full of inspiration from various designers and companies.

But there’s a little secret that you may not be aware of, and we are really excited to let tell you…

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be a professional interior designer to have access to the beautiful fabrics you see in any of the photos in shelter magazines. Instead, when you find a photo that has fabrics you love, get in touch with us at Beckenstein Fabric & Interiors, where we have thousands of designer fabrics to choose from, and design consultants to help you find exactly what you’re searching for.


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The Diversity of Curtains

When you think about curtains, you might envision them as one-dimensional and plain. If that’s how you see curtains, then you’re not seeing them for the full potential they possess. The diversity of curtains lies in their ability to serve multiple purposes including insulation, design accents, privacy, and shade. Utilizing these window treatments properly requires a creative mind, an appreciation for style, and an eye for detail.

Simple sophistication

On their own, curtains exude simple sophistication with their uncomplicated, vertical cascade of fabric. While fancier drapes and window dressings certainly have their place, curtains are adaptable to any room and are easy to change out depending on the season and style of the room. Adding curtains to a plain window instantly changes the feel of the room and they’re an ideal starting point for those seeking interior design inspiration. Curtains can be the focal point of a room or a softer, more subtle element that slips beautifully into the background.

Stylish warmth

When the temperatures drop, windows are one of the main places where cold air can seep inside. In this instance, hanging curtains has a two-fold purpose of adding style while keeping warmth. Insulated curtains aren’t the heavy, drab, window coverings of decades ago and they’re now as diverse and fashionable as traditional curtains. It’s easy to switch out lighter summer curtains for lined curtains without losing their positive influence on the visual appeal of the space. Not only can this lower heating bills, but it also presents a seasonal opportunity to change up the look of a room.

Architectural impact

Curtains are capable of much more than simply covering windows. How you hang the curtains, has a major architectural impact on a room. When an entire room remodel is not desirable, curtains are a simple way to achieve a dramatic change. Curtains with a bold pattern dress up plain architecture and low ceilings by adding visual interest, depth, and impact to the space. Curtains are a creative way to frame a bed and contrast the bed’s horizontal lines with vertical height. If you’re someone who is intrigued by the idea of an accent wall, but not ready to commit to such a permanent, bold statement, curtains are the perfect solution. Bright curtains with a statement pattern establish the color scheme of a room and unlike a fixed, painted wall, curtains change out easily when you desire a modification of mood and design.

Cozy escape

Window seats are cozy spots to escape the world with a good book or just to admire the outdoor scenery. Hanging curtains over the window seat enables you to draw them closed for privacy, seclusion, and a somewhat secret hiding place. Curtains are also the perfect way to create a little reading nook in an alcove, even if there isn’t a window to cover. Using curtains as a closet door serve to section off the room while also adding color, texture, and warmth to the space.

Height and drama

When you hang floor to ceiling curtains, you add height to a space and make it appear larger than it is. The opposite is also true when you have high cathedral ceilings and use curtains to break up the space. Curtains as window treatments over arched or custom-shaped windows are an affordable alternative to blinds or shades designed specifically to fit. With the curtains open, the beauty of the architecture shines and with them closed, the curtains add a cohesive feel to the room.

Curtains are more flexible and diverse window treatments than many realize, but with some ingenuity and imagination, they transform any room.