In hindsight, another colour sofa might get more mileage between cleanings but I love the fresh look of white. For that reason, I don’t think it’s a hardship for the sofa to look like this for a day while we launder our one and only slipcover:
The upholstery attachment has a nubby strip that catches all the dust and lint so it’s definitely worthwhile to invest in one:
We vacuumed not only the parts we left out of the wash, but also the fabric on the seat cushions and back to get as much dust off before washing. Since they can’t go into the dryer, if you don’t remove the dust first, most of it will still be there when it comes out of the wash.
I removed the seat and back cushions so I could vacuum underneath them and in all the crevices along the back and sides. Once everything was vacuumed, we unzipped all the cushions and stripped off the slipcovers.
Then we put all the bare cushions back on the sofa and threw on the fitted sheet. I was surprised that it fit so well in both the width and length and there was still plenty of extra to tuck it all in!
If we had gone to the extent of taking apart the couch to wash everything, I would’ve added in a few regular pillows with matching pillow cases to protect the ends of the sofa while the cover is in the wash, as shown below:
Once the sofa covers came out of the wash, we had to get creative finding a place to dry them. We used the shower rod in one of our bathrooms and a clothing rack to drape them as they dried. Even if they could be machine dried, air drying is a much more sustainable option and saves $$’s too, so it’s a win-win!
To de-winterize our look, we switched out the artwork and accessories and plumped out the sofa with some seasonal pillows; now we feel ready for the spring and summer season ahead 🙂
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We’ve used Ikea pieces in other areas of our home, but we have more fun when we hack them! In the kitchen, for instance, we took an Ikea Stenstrop Kitchen Cart and added in removable drawers (in case we ever wanted to convert it back).
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