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When your furniture needs help, what do you do?

Last post Sun, Jun 15 2008 10:49 AM by lviall. 23 replies.
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  • Thu, Jun 5 2008 1:08 PM

    • Pat
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    When your furniture needs help, what do you do?

    What would you think of doing first?

     

    • Buy new (7.1%)
    • Buy good used (10.7%)
    • Dumpster dive (0%)
    • Make do with throws and other camouflage techniques (46.4%)
    • Buy new slipcovers (14.3%)
    • Make your own slipcovers (3.6%)
    • Something else (tell us!) (17.9%)
    • Total Votes: 28
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  • Thu, Jun 5 2008 1:14 PM In reply to

    • Brandy
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    Re: When your furniture needs help, what do you do?

    My furniture does need help and I am ignoring it's pleas.

     

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  • Thu, Jun 5 2008 1:18 PM In reply to

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    Re: When your furniture needs help, what do you do?

     Well, that's one way to handle it. Big Smile

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  • Thu, Jun 5 2008 1:21 PM In reply to

    Re: When your furniture needs help, what do you do?

    If it's an upholstery issue, its gets slip covered, if its structural SO takes care of it.  I buy our furnashings new so that it will last and that has paid off, our dinning room table will be around for generations its so sturdy, glad I made that investment. Our couch was a good buy too, brand new with good classic lines so slip covers are easy to buy, the original upholstery is still in great condition too because I've been slip covering it since the day we got it because our youngest was newborn and a very proficient projectile spitter upper. 

  • Thu, Jun 5 2008 1:21 PM In reply to

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    Re: When your furniture needs help, what do you do?

    It works for awhile. In the time I am ignoring the stuff, we usually find someone getting rid of something we could use or find a good deal either new or used.

     

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  • Thu, Jun 5 2008 1:26 PM In reply to

    Re: When your furniture needs help, what do you do?

    I tried the slipcovers and was checking the used furniture.  We eventually wound up buying something new. 

  • Thu, Jun 5 2008 1:27 PM In reply to

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    Re: When your furniture needs help, what do you do?

     My vote was "Make do with throws and other camouflage techniques." I usually try to get by for as long as I can.

    Brandy, it looks like I should have put another category, something like "Wait it out until something better comes along." I've used that technique, too.

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  • Thu, Jun 5 2008 1:34 PM In reply to

    • Toni B.
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    Re: When your furniture needs help, what do you do?

    When I bought new couches 8 years ago, I actually had the foresight to buy an extra yard of fabric (just in case). "Just in case" turned out to be one persistent cat who insisted on using the most visible side as a scratching post. I put some solution to deter the cat on the inside corner, cut off a piece of fabric and re-covered the corner. You can't even tell. The fabric was about $35.00 but that was a lot cheaper than a new set of furniture.
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  • Thu, Jun 5 2008 2:52 PM In reply to

    Re: When your furniture needs help, what do you do?

    After having new furniture which became old furniture over the years, and having cared for a number of dogs with illnesses, I have learned to do the following:

    I buy rubber sheeting by the yard at Joann. It is kept behind the cutting counter and you have to ask for it. I used a 40% coupon and bought a part of a bolt, and one time I had a 50% coupon and bought the entire bolt.

    I cut this to the size of my mattress and it goes under the sheets, inside sofa and chair cushions, and gets wrapped around any foam I might be using as a cushion. A friend of mine who has little children and many dogs taught me this, although she just cuts pieces and lays them on top of her cushions, then slipcovers. You never know when a child or dog will get sick until they do. Things can just be whisked off and thrown in the washer, extra pieces and slipcovers are always at hand. I have to also admit to using this same method on dog beds when an older dog has continence issues. (There are medications to help that, but that’s another subject altogether.)

    So I guess my method is "other" – protecting against problems!

    Oh, I also use white or light chenille spreads over the fabric in case exuberant mudpuppies jump up.  :-)

    Being in rescue, I was thrilled to find a sofa portraying dogs: Yorkies, Italian Greyhounds, Corgis, in wreathes of roses, so of course, I had to have it. I do decorate with dog themes, pictures, books, statuary and linens, when and if I can find them. Outdoors too, flags and sculptures and stepping stones.

    Lynnea the Dogmom
  • Thu, Jun 5 2008 3:02 PM In reply to

    Re: When your furniture needs help, what do you do?

    I break out the needle and tread to stitch together the cushions that are ripped open and scrub the dirty spots.

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