Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Adding a little Umph!

In late July, I purchased a sofa sleeper from Jennifer Convertibles. It was very important to me that I get a sofa sleeper for the family room. I bought a sofa that met two specific requirements, it needed to be a neutral tone and fit along a specific side of the wall in the family room because the space is narrow. This full size sofa sleeper was just perfect, decent price and color... only one problem, those pillows... yuck!

Here the sofa is on the showroom floor - I had plans to work on a nice complimenting fabric for those drab, so not-me, pillows. I decided to check out a few options from, just to get the ball rolling. I found three fabrics that actually made me happy about the re-do...

I liked this pattern, I could invision the pillows in this..

Kaleidoscope Stripe Links Taupe
For Your Home Kaleidoscope Stripe Links Taupe

I really liked the simplicity of this one...

For Your Home Chippendale Taupe
For Your Home Chippendale Taupe

I also decided on the sizes of the accent pillows, the four that came with the sofa were 22", which would require 3 yards of fabric. I made my final selection and ordered from, my total purchase was 38.00 which wasn't bad considering the outcome I knew I would have once I had new covers on those pillows. I took a trip over to my local upholstery fabric store and found a complementing fabric for a great price, I had no idea just how much of a bargain I had found.

I selected this Waverly Pattern:

The reason I mentioned this fabric being such a bargain, I paid 5.00 a yard for this fabric, it is being sold for 19.99 online right now. I picked up two 18" pillows for 4.99 each, two 12" pillows for 2.99 each and my Waverly steal and a solid taupe fabric, I grabbed two yards of each. I felt like a kid in a candy store.

Total purchase: 76.73 purchase 38.00
local fabric store 31.96
Zippers 6.77

Finished product:


Mrs. Chic said...

I love that your choose to trun your sofa into a custom piece!! Love how the new pillows looks it makes a huge improvement!

Shades of Summer said...

Mrs. Chic - Thanks for the comment. I agree, changing a few "ordinary" pillows with something as simple as fabric, makes all the difference in the world. I cannot wait to work on a few more projects, the room is really transforming.

Our Delightful Home said...

Great color combination, your accent pillows really bring out the color of the sofa.

~Mrs. Delightful

Shades of Summer said...

Mrs. Delightful, thank you soo much for stopping by and posting a comment! I love that the pillows wake up the space!