Monday, December 8, 2008

Washable.


I want this slipcovered sofa. Or should I say, my constantly-shedding dog wants this slipcovered sofa.

50 comments:

Ivy Lane said...

I have a slip covered sofa and it is a pain in the butt! The slip cover does not stay in place at all...always looks like a total disaster..for the $1600. bucks I paid, I expected a lot more!

Good luck! :)

hello gorgeous said...

Not to worry, I read in Domino that Faux Pug is going to be the big thing for Spring '09.

Robin said...

Where is this picture from? I loves. It reminds me of a John Derian moment. If you want to make an el cheapo slip cover out of a good washable canvas, I'd suggest getting some samples of thin canvases from an art store like pearl paint :)

Anonymous said...

I've used slips on sofas for years and have always had pets. Unlike Ivy Lane, mine have worked for me. I have linen and they seem to shed the yuck for the longest time before having to wash them. And...I'm old and don't like dirt. Go for it. Ginny

stljoie said...

I had the great good fortune of buying a Mitchell-Gold leather couch in a consignment store. Keeping it clean is not a problem at all but it is my pups favorite nap site so I keep a quilt over it to protect from her claws. And it is so nice to be able to refresh the quilt with a wash or change it for the season. If I didn't have this I would like slip covers. My daughter has a micro fiber couch which is supposed to be easy to keep clean...is that true?

Blair said...

My dogs (and dying vacuum) have been causing the same desire!

Kimberly Julie said...

Amen.

Decorina said...

I love it. Good idea about the painter's canvas for slips.

Anonymous said...

Are slip covers too girly? I like them, but I can't seem to pull the trigger. I really like the dining room chairs in this house:

http://www.us.kohler.com/idea_homes/ideahomes.jsp?home=traditional&action=photoGallery

An Aesthete's Lament said...

I had a dog-owning friend who had the perfect slipcover treatment. She had the slips made, put them just so on the furniture, and then would take her two golden retrievers on a long walk on a drizzly day—walking through the park, et cetera. Upon returning home, she would lead the dogs into the freshly slipcovered room and quietly close the door, leaving the dogs to leap on the furniture (which they immediately did, being unsupervised). After about a half hour, my friend opened the door, lead the dogs away, and threw the slipcovers in the washing machine. This way, she kept her blood pressure in check, since without such preliminary and purposeful dirtying of the slips, she would be on pins and needles waiting for the first spilt drink or muddy print to send her into a housekeeping tailspin. Once the new slipcovers had been soiled and washed and put back on the chairs and sofa, she could rest easier should future mishaps occur.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

FYI: Slipcovers should always be loose, not sloppy, but definitely loose. My favourites are the ones done the old-fashioned way, that look (someone like John Fowler or Nancy Lancaster once observed) as if a housemaid sewed them up over a long week-end.

Kwana said...

I love it. I think Jack and I are craving it too and he doesn't shed just likes to lounge about and mush down my couch pillows.

perfect bound said...

hello gorgeous; hilarious

Anonymous said...

Love it. Do you have any info on the manufacturer or fabric?

Lauren said...

Love that room.

Robin said...

Hello Gorgeous...faux pug was so last year. tartan makeovers are clearly sooo right now.

jokes. i'm a former domino minion so my comments are all in jest, but that was pretty darn funny and spot on.

my dog's shedding problems is out of control. he's a shiba inu and he sheds his seasonal coats all over my couch, sweat pants, hair, life.

am almost considering stocking up on some Bemz slipovers for my sad, ikea klippen sofa. someone stop me.

Anonymous said...

My favourites are the ones done as if a housemaid sewed them up over a long weekend. A saucy, impertinent housemaid, who needs to be put over one's breeches-clad knee and spanked ever so merrily, while both enjoy a giggle and a spot of opium.

i'm Carrie, lovely to meet you… said...

ah, sofas and pets. i'm still trying to figure the appropriate combo out. i have a 100lb black lab mix that sheds at least half her body weight daily...then i have 5 cats right now (3 fosters) all with dark fur.

the most embarrassing part is, my sofa is (or should i say WAS) bone colored. i bought it when i only had two cats and keeping it clean was a breeze, barely any cat hair to clean off. now, fugghedaboutit. i have some crazy cover i finally got for the couch after i had it professionally cleaned but with my couch it's a PITA.

the one in the pic looks really love and much easier to manage - slip cover wise. i'd only be worried about the color though, i had white slip covers on my dining chairs and after a couple months of cats sleeping on them and trying to wash, they never got completely clean.

tracey said...

A friend of mine bought painters drop cloths and tied them on the side and over the cushions. It looks fantastic!

Anonymous said...

If you get slips...pre wash the fabric before having them made. Then you are free to wash and dry at will.

Cotton, denim, duck...they all shrink.

Anonymous said...

I'm so tired of them! We have to be at the end of this trend, between pottery barn and Rachel A.

Kara said...

My slipcovers look great. And with two dogs and two cats, it is a perfect solution.

I have the Jasper couch from Room & Board so my slipcover is more tailored than most.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Slipcovers aren't a trend; they are a classic, Anonymous 5:36 ... having been around for centuries, just unfortunately gussied up at times by those who should know better.

Anonymous said...

"Classic" = not always a compliment.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Dear Anonymous 9:17 ... classic is always a compliment ... as are most of its synonyms, such as first-class, first-rate, excellent, superior, masterly, A number one, consummate, quintessential, noteworthy, outstanding, basic, fundamental, elementary, rudimentary, primary, ageless, timeless, deathless, immortal, undying, imperishable, familiar, longstanding ... my thesaurus gives only positive attributes to the word classic ... perhaps, though, if one says the word nasally, "CLAA-sick" there might be a pejorative connotation ... I am curious as to where your anti-slipcover comments come from and what you precisely have against them ... were you scared by one as a child?

The House of Beauty and Culture said...

Must concur with the painter's drop cloth idea. Just bear in mind that they should be washed/dried/ironed (boiling really tightens up the weave) prior to having them sewn.

Anonymous said...

For Christ's sake, who's in charge at your house(s)? Dog's don't need to sit on sofas, or chairs, or sleep in your bed - ever. They want to be near and 'round you, but they should not be positioned as your equals.

Get an LL Bean dog bed and start exercising the authority & responsibility you said you were willing to take on when you got the dog. A dog, just like children, wants to know you're the boss and looking out for the pack.

Letting your dog mess up your upholstery doesn't convey love to a dog; it's say's that you're weak and ambivalent about your responsibility - and ripe for exploitation. Dogs and children respond to that ambivalence with anger and hostility, as though saying: "Hey! Pay attention to me. Do your job!"

The Monks of New Skete and Barbara Woodhouse lay out the rationale for healthy coexistance - and it's never too late.

No grow up and stop pouting. Put the dog on the floor and clean off your sofa - then start inhabiting you life!

Decorno said...

Anon 1:48 -

Listen to the tone of your scold-y and annoying comment. It's no wonder many people prefer their pets to humans. I would happily let my dog sit on my couch while I put you on the floor. Easy choice.

Why would I get a dog only to ask it to remain on the floor? Pets are for companionship. I am sure you're the type would would leave yours outside in the cold and rain tied up to a tree, but we are not. The only sane reason to own a pet is to love one like a member of the family and to enjoy its company. For me, this means Rickey needs to be on the sofa next to me because that companionship is a pleasure for both of us.

You sound like an asshole. I hope you don't have pets.

Emily said...

Wow, Anon. I have to agree with Decorno. I hope you haven't got any pets.

I've just spent too much time alone in my home with my husband on the other side of the country and I think I would have felt a lot lonelier without my snuggly kitties. They curl up on my lap, next to me on the couch and yes- HORRORS - they even snuggle up close on the bed with me while I sleep. Very few things heal like a purring cat and if you think for a minute that I would push them to the floor to "keep them in their place" you are SORELY (and heartlessly) mistaken. It's a symbiotic relationship that all 4 of us (I'm including my husband because he has expressed how much he misses the cats) benefit from.

As my sister - a dog trainer - has said: you should regard your pets like the retarded toddler in the family. They have every bit as much emotion as you do, they are happy, sad, lonely, excited, etc., just like you. But they will never be able to communicate any more than they can right now. So take that for what you will.

In regards to the slipcover...when we move (which is why my husband is gone) we'll be purchasing a black one, to better disguise the cat hair.

Anonymous said...

"The Monks of New Skete and Barbara Woodhouse lay out the rationale for healthy coexistance..."

I love how obediently Anon 1:48 submits to some authority in some book. Like a good dog, following his master's orders.

Anon 1:48: Even when someone puts something in print, you are allowed to question it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your "made me laugh out loud even on a sh!$&y grey day while my two hairy dogs lounge on the velvet chair that was once something humans could enjoy the comfort of" comment to anon 1:48 (who, I might add sounds suspiciously like my husband...?)

Gretchen FFreshink said...

One of the best parts of having kitties is to snuggle with them in bed. I have a nice duvet cover I can throw in the wash, so no worries. Poor anon, never to know the dreamy delight of drifting off with cat-induced zzzzzzs. May I also say that the secret to being well-dressed (which I haven't quite followed) is to always buy clothes the same color as your cat?

Ayse said...

Actually, the Monks of New Skete have a specific discussion about dogs on couches in one of their books (where they go visit Maurice Sendak with the dog he adopted from them). The decision, they say, is up to each owner, but with the understanding that allowing a dog to share your couch or bed requires understanding what that sharing communicates to the dog.

With our dogs, we chose to allow them on the couch after their positions in the household pack had been established. It's a treat for them, not a symbol of leadership. They also have to ask to come up and be invited. Which they usually are, because I like snuggling up with my dogs on the couch.

Anonymous said...

What people like Anon 1:48 don't get is that our pets are domesticated. They aren't the same as cats and dogs that have been living ferally, away from any contact with humans. They are to some extent like hybrids between human and animal.

Anonymous said...

Why should we take advice from a bunch of monks?

Monks do nothing BUT obey.

Anonymous said...

Decorno: love your blog.

1:48: The plural of Dog is Dogs, not Dog's.

Anonymous said...

Slipcovers offend me more than dog hair.

court. said...

Anon's right, my dog sleeps in my bed, sits on my couch, and now has currently jumped up so far in the ranks of my household pack that he's even claimed first shower in the morning....where did I go wrong???

borellana said...

While Anon 1:48's comment was hilariously weird, I have to say we don't let our dogs on our furniture. Of course, it's your own damn decision if you allow your dogs on the couch. We have two of them and they have never once been allowed on the furniture (one of the dogs thought taking a pee on my side of the bed was appropriate so they were forever banished). That's what their dog bed and crates are for. For me, I don't want to slipcover my Maharam upholstered couch and it wasn't hard to train them where they could and couldn't go.

deborah said...

the monks of new skete are so out of date anon 1:48. none of that shit works unless you have a pure breed german shepard (which means lots of genetic defects)....people do not rattle cages or deny dog treats anymore like the new skete monks....Ian Dunbar is the new generation of dog training and philosophy- also dogs know all about what is "fair" these days...see yesterdays new york times....

jones said...

I have a vintage black tufted leather sofa (no hair, dirt or scratch issues) and Jones has claimed it as his favorite perch...where he can see everything going on in the street and catch his first glimpse of me as I arrive home. Jones is a huge silver on blue standard poodle who is convinced that he is an 8 year old boy--he also understands almost everything I say. He definitely sleeps at the foot of my bed with his head on my feet and my hissy cat sleeps at my head or under my arm. They will never be crated or banished. I'll probably have to get a bigger bed if I get another poodle.

couchseattle.com said...

I'm going to disagree with you here aesthete's lament. sometimes it's nice to have a tight slipcover. you can get VERY close to a clean upholstered look and keep the machine washability of slipcovers. best of both worlds really... I think you're saying that a little bit of the ruffly wrinkly look can add a fair bit of rustic charm. However not everyone is going for that cottagy look.

kristin said...

I wish the idea that what all dogs need to learn is submission would just go away. I adopted a rescue dog that's a sweetie (although a bit headstrong at times), but there are some aggression issues. I hate to say it, because it might fan the flames of anon 1:48's logic, but he gets possessive over resting spots, and would growl and bite when we tried to move him off the couch or bed. I am heartbroken about this, because I want a giant lapdog so bad. We thought that he thought he was top dog because we were watching Dog Whisperer. The rescue gave us a list of 20 rules to be dominant and have the dog be submissive, and we enforced them. It only made things worse. We were going to give him back to the rescue, because I have never had an aggressive dog before and it was very upsetting (we have some lovely scars - yes, he drew blood; I would scream like I was in a horror movie each time he bit at me), but they were going to put him down if we did. He is so lovely most of the time, that we couldn't bear to do it. The rescue was great and paid for a behaviorist who told us the "alpha dog" concept is a bunch of shit, our dog clearly has no dominance issues, and that he suffers from anxiety. This makes total sense. He is really anxious and will wander around unless he can be right next to us. When he's on the floor, he's most happy when he can lean next to our legs. He's in heaven if he can lay next to us. The behaviorist said that he gets so anxious when this prized resting spot is threatened that he'll have a fight or flight response. This explains why he would growl and bite at us, and then run away and hide. It also makes sense, because absolutely the only times he displays aggression is when he is resting. He is happy as a clam while awake and standing. He loves people and attention. He obeys (most) verbal direction. She taught us ways to get him used to being disturbed while resting and ways to help calm his separation anxiety. It made a huge difference in our behavior and his. It's been almost a year since he has bit us, although he has growled a couple of times. He now is content to be in the same room and doesn't have to be right next to us all the time. For now, he isn't allowed on the couch and bed to protect all of us from violent encounters, and he probably won't ever be since he's nine and might not be retrained before he's too old to get up there. I have always had dogs that cuddle with me on couches, and I miss it. But he's pretty cute and a good companion sitting on my foot, too. I wish we hadn't wasted six months trying to prove that we were bigger than him. It was upsetting to us and him.

Love + Marriage said...

Just thought I would share a funny story. I have a male cat, Biggie, who I adopted to keep me company since I lived alone. A year later, my husband moved in and he and Biggie would fight over the "good" spot on the couch. Hubby would get up and Biggie would instantly jump to sit in his place. Hubby would come back and shoo Biggie off. This went on and on. Biggie ALSO started humping me while I slept. Yes, a cat who humps (this is very rare). We got a female kitty to try to distract him even though he was "fixed". It didn't make any difference. I have to admit to being flattered that I was being fought over by both hubby and Biggie. :) We clapped and made distractions to stop him and eventually he figured out hubby wasn't going anywhere. Biggie and hubby still fight for position on our ugly couch. Need slipcover.

deborah said...

Decorno, while your at it here is someone who got rid of their dog over furniture....see comment at bottom from bepsf

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/good-questions/good-questions-a-slipcover-for-dwrs-theater-sofa-071871#comments

Cristina said...

I can't imagine the stress of having a dog that could snap on anyone who wakes him/her up from a nap. I don't think i could live like that.

susieq said...

Agree with all of you all who hope that Anon 1:48 doesn't have four-legged babies. But, further, I just hope he/she doesn't have any of the human variety. I can only imagine the rules!

My household includes a very hairy great pyrenees and two very active kids. The wear and tear on some pieces of furniture has been significant. But, hey, we LIVE in our house!

sandy said...

i agree with anon. sorry. it's like cats on your kitchen counter! no way!!

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