Recovering Grandma’s Chair

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As we’re big believers in buying old and/or keeping what we’ve got, we were faced with the dilemma of “what to do with Grandma’s chair?” In it’s regal, Queen Anne wingback style, it’s got a nice figure, but the fabric was ripping apart at the seams and the blue color just didn’t match our green sofa.

Tada! Surefit slipcover in place.
Tada! Surefit slipcover in place.

Wingback-reclinerI emailed every upholstery store in New Orleans that I could find, but unfortunately the estimates started at $500+. That option was just out, at least for now. I read up on different slipcovers and hoped that I could find a generic white canvas-y material, but after much Googling, I came across nothing.

Then I happened upon the Surefit slipcovers — you know the elastic ones that promise to look better than your average, rumply slipcover. Tenuously hoping that these might in fact live up to their Amazon reviews, I ordered the least offensive color: cream. Then I waited four weeks for my slipcover to arrive, because apparently, everyone else is tenuously hoping the same.

The package came with illustrated instructions (think IKEA) that left a bit to be desired. I brought in the reinforcements (my father in law) and after about 10 minutes, we had that thing tucked into every chair corner and looking like a million bucks. See for yourself.

Caveats: I looked at my chair in every scrutinous detail to make sure that this slipcover matched the chair I have, and fortunately, it was generic enough to match. We had a box cushion, not a t-cushion, and it’s reclining, so we ordered the Pique Wing Recliner (it was the only box cushion recliner slipcover that I found on their site).