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If you don’t already know, we sold our house and have moved in with my parents. They had a large upstairs space that has not been used since my brother and I graduated and moved out. We will be building within the next year and my parents were kind enough to let us live with them during the process.
Before we moved in we started doing a couple of small renovation projects because it had not really been touched since we moved out nearly 8 years ago.
For instance we had a hot pink wall with black and white damask print in my bathroom and bright red/orange on my brother’s side of the bathroom. 😳 My mom was always good about giving us freedom to decorate and design our spaces the way we wanted them, but unfortunately at 15 and 11 we picked things that weren’t exactly timeless. Thankfully, my parents were on board with us doing some easy and quick updates before we moved in. (Be on the lookout for those before and after pictures here soon!)
Another issue we had with the upstairs is getting furniture up the staircase. It has a turn with a landing and the 2nd staircase is spiral stairs, so getting long furniture like couches and dressers is nearly impossible.
So as much as we would have liked to bring our couches or even purchase a new one for upstairs we knew that would be a huge undertaking to find one to fit so we were stuck with the couch that was already there.
Years ago they found a couch that was actually in sections and could be moved around easily. It fit perfectly upstairs because the sections were small enough to go around the corner in the stairs. The only problem with this couch now is that it was in that olive green tone that is definitely not too in style at the moment.
Sooo late one night scrolling through Instagram I saw someone doing a tutorial on drop cloth curtains…then it had me thinking, what if I used drop cloths to make a cover for the couch? It’s cheap and would only require staples and the drop cloths.
The next morning I ran to Lowe’s and grabbed 2 drop cloths to just try out. I laid it over a section and loved how it brightened up the whole space and made it have that “linen” look. After playing around I determined I would need several more because each section needed 1 drop cloths to cover the back and front. Originally, I was just going to drape it over, but with the help of my mom and dad we figured out that stapling it on would be our best option for it to look more put together.
So literally all I used for this DIY Couch Recover was (5) 6×9 canvas drop cloths, a staple gun and some staples. I already had the staple gun and staples so I was only out around $55 for the drop cloths from Lowe’s and I even had a coupon for 10% off from when we changed our address! SCORE!
It did take 2 of us to do this because one person had to hold the section while the other person stapled it. We really didn’t have anything to go off of so we just played around with the fabric until we got a look that we liked and then tucked it under the bottom and stapled it.
I will say the easiest way that we found was to lay the drop cloth down covering the entire section of couch and then tucking it into the crease at the back corner and at the top edge. Then we would staple the very front piece down to keep it in place for when we turned and flipped it. The edges were the most difficult because it required some tucking, almost like wrapping a present and stapling under thr folds so you couldn’t see it. We also realized the drop cloths had a seam through them, some were horizontal and some were vertical, so you may want to purchase a couple of extra to be sure you can match your seams to look cohesive.
(If you are worried about putting holes in your couch, this project isn’t for you because by the end we were stapling on the sides to get our edges just right.)
Overall this project cost under $60 and took less than 3 hours to complete, which I would say is a win. I will say that I wish I would have washed the drop cloths before we started because they do have a little bit of a smell…I was on a time crunch because I had a little get together happening the next morning and I wanted it completed before then.
If you are on a budget, but want a big change I would highly recommend this cheap and easy couch recover!
If you decide to try this on your couch I would love to see it! Tag me or use the hashtag #jumperscornerdiy so I can share your take on this project.