Drop cloth is a versatile fabric that can be used for countless home and DIY projects. But did you know that painter’s drop cloth is also an ideal fabric for upholstery? We’ll show you why drop cloth upholstery has been so popular over the past few years, plus offer a few ways to upholster your furniture at home.
Why Use Drop Cloth for Upholstery?
So, with all the fabric choices out there, why use a drop cloth for your upholstery project? There are a ton of reasons why drop cloth is a great fabric, but here are just a few:
- Very affordable
- Durable cotton material
- Good for beginners and for practice
- Fabric comes with selvage edge (saving time on hemming)
- Neutral color will fit many styles of room décor
- Fabric can be painted on or dyed to desired shade
Convinced? Great! If you’re ready to purchase quality fabric for drop cloth upholstery, we recommend our 8-oz. cotton canvas drop cloths.
How to Prepare Drop Cloth for Upholstery
You can prepare your drop cloth for upholstery in 3 steps:
1. Soak fabric in a mixture of bleach + hot water + hydrogen peroxide for a few hours.
The hydrogen peroxide helps neutralize the bleach so it doesn’t ruin the fabric. Thecruxdesign.com recommends a 1:10 hydrogen peroxide and water ratio. About 2 cups of bleach should do it.
2. Wash in washer with hot water + laundry detergent, then dry.
Washing with laundry detergent helps soften the fabric. Plus, because canvas drop cloths are 100% cotton, you need to wash/dry to preshrink the material prior to cutting.
3. Iron the fabric.
This prevents wrinkling and helps for a neat-and-tidy end result.
DIY Drop Cloth Upholstery
There are several different methods of using drop cloth to “make over” furniture. You could either upholster your furniture or make a slipcover for it.
- For complete sofa upholstery using canvas drop cloth, we recommend this blog post by High Heels and Training Wheels: DIY Couch Reupholster With a Painter’s Drop Cloth
- If you’re looking to create a drop cloth slip cover, see this great tutorial from Blush and Batting: Drop Cloth Slipcover How To
- For a new-sew drop cloth slip cover with an elegant look, see check out this video tutorial by Meagen Mackenzie: DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Slipcover
Meagen Mackenzie also has a video on making drop cloth cushion covers. See it here: DIY Dropcloth Cushion Cover
Tools to Upholster Furniture
Here’s what you’ll need for your drop cloth upholstery project (via HH&TW blog):
- 8 oz. canvas drop cloth
- Double-sided tape
- Hot glue gun
- Staple gun with staples
- Screwdriver (flathead)
- Upholstery tacks
- Upholstery needles and thread
Let us know how your projects go in the comments below. Have tips on drop cloth upholstery, or your own tried-and-true tutorial you’d like to share? We’d love to know! Email us your tutorials for a chance to be featured on our blog: email@example.com
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How many drop cloths are equal to 30 yards
It will depend on the size of the dropcloth that you are purchasing.