One of the products our customers love to depend on are our drop cloths. Whether plastic, rubber or canvas, drop cloths or drop sheets are generally used to protect surfaces during projects. Particularly, painting projects–which is why you might have heard the term “painters drop cloth”.
Most drop cloths are washable and reusable, so there’s a lot you can get out of them. The possibilities for drop cloth projects extend as far as your imagination can go. It’s time to dust off your old drop cloths and see what else you can be using it for!
Drop Cloth Uses for When You’re Not Painting
Since drop cloths are used to protect surfaces, you can use them all the time just for that.
- Keep unused furniture looking new by protecting them from dust and sunlight.
- Prevent scratches on your floor during a renovation, while moving, or during parties.
- Keep your car seats and other furniture clean from house pets.
- Use for temporary yard work when you don’t have a tarp around. For example, gardening, or raking leaves. (It’s important to note that if you need anything water-resistant, tear- or wind-resistant, do not use drop cloths. They won’t stand up to regular wear and tear like a tarp would).
These are just some of the uses we can think of. What else can you think of? Drop (no pun intended) them in the comments below.
Repurposing Drop Cloths
Because of the durable nature of the canvas drop cloths, they can be used beyond the standard uses. Drop cloths can be repurposed or originally fashioned for a lot of cool projects. For example:
- Drop cloth curtains – Whether using colored or natural canvas, drop cloth curtains and window treatments are a fun and useful DIY, and a great way to save money on costly décor. Drop cloths are also good to use as divider curtains, whether temporary or long-term.
- Linens – Drop cloths are meant to protect against spills, so why not? You can make table cloths, napkins, bibs, floor cloths and rugs, bed linens and more. Decorate with fabric painting, dye your fabric, and/or sew in some more details.
- Arts and crafts – If you have some extra canvas drop cloths lying around, why not use them to fashion some reusable bags, or create a mural or decorative tapestry for your home? What about creating something fun, like a fort or teepee for kids’ rooms? We’ve even heard of people using a drop cloth as a movie screen projector!If you’re not the creative type, a big piece of canvas can at least keep the kids occupied for a while. This is a good option for old and used up drop cloths you don’t want to keep anymore.
- Upholstery and furniture coverings: The neutral color makes for a clean look. Ideal for farmhouse/rustic and minimalist décor. We talked about this in another topi, so if you’d like to learn more about this, check out our post: Drop Cloth Upholstery 101.