Easy Bed Slipcover

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This has got to be one of the easiest sewing projects I’ve ever done- probably because it involves no sewing at all! I was looking to update the look of our bed and add a bit of storage as well. I was inspired by Nick Olsen’s work featured in House Beautiful last August- the upholstered headboard and the tip on lifting up the bed, in particular. You can see how our bedroom looked previously here.

I slipcovered the headboard and footboard with canvas drop cloths I found at Home Depot. I bought two drop cloths- one for the head and foot of the bed, and one to make a bed skirt (not photographed). I cut the drop cloths in half, and wedged the fabric between the mattress and box spring for the bed skirt. I draped the fabric over the headboard and footboard, wrong side out, and pinned in place with safety pins. Then I flipped the covers inside out like a pillow case, and draped over the bed!

The whole project cost around $40! Not bad for a whole new look.

Photos by: Gretchen Lilly

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