Pink Floral Couch, Meet Ikea Slipcover

The plan for my basement studio was to always add in a couch, or seating of some sort where I could flop when I needed to draw. A lot of my work starts by hand, line drawn in pencil, traced with artist ink, and then scanned into the computer for manipulation. It's not very "inspiring" to draw at a desk. I like comfy. I need comfy. But...a new couch wasn't in the budget. And I do like to reuse, and be green where I can. So what does a girl on a budget do? Go steal one from your parents. :)

So here is the process on our slipcover story....

Step 1: I went to Potato Skins, a slipcovering destination here in Toronto and priced out a slipcover. It's a loveseat, how much could it be? Yeah, I'm in the dark ages because it was going to cost me approx $800. Ouch. :(

Step 2: Ask my Mom what to do. Really. This woman should have her own advice blog/talk show. She knows what to do, and how to save us money. Her solution..."Let's try Ikea!"

Step 3: Always trust your Mother. She found this. An Ektorp Loveseat cover for $49.99!!! AS IF! Dilema - it's BIGGER than my sofa, but bigger is better, as at least we'd know it would fit. And the price was right. :)

And soooo....

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Above: Before, in my parents basement

And....

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Above: With $50 Ikea Slipcover

Ok, so the cover is obviously too big for the couch, but I don't mind it at all. It's comfy. :) And...if I had the energy we could tailor it a bit more. And I could steam the wrinkles out (I just bought a steamer!!!)...but for now, she stays as-is.

And for the record, I know that I need to fluff up that couch with some more pillow inserts. But for $50, I'm living with it. :) I'm not sure HOW we're going to fill them up, but my Mom seems confident we can make it look a little better. :) (Any suggestions on how to fill up the pillows??)

For the record, I'm not knocking the $800 custom slipcover - as it would have been SO much more tailored, and probably look a whole lot nicer. If this were for my living room, I would consider it, but for my studio, the $50 version from Ikea is perfect.

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(Studio shot...Mak the Cat claiming the couch)

More studio shots will come soon, we're slowly getting it put together, but right now it's my busy time for "work" so it's a bit of a mess. ;)
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Side story - When Aubrey was moving the couch with my Brother last night (thank you!) Aubrey noticed the make of the couch. It was made by Cooper Bros. - and Aubrey said..."That company used to be in our family." Ummm...Really? Apparently my Mother in Law's cousin married a Mr. Cooper and that was who owned it. (It has since been sold). So, a little piece of neat history, my childhood couch, to my new house, made by my Husbands family. :) I guess it was meant to be.
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