This Living Room Sofa Staple Might Actually Be a Better Product for Your Bedroom

published Feb 11, 2022
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When you feel like your home needs a new look, buying brand new furniture isn’t your only option. Plenty of easy, budget-friendly ways to refresh your space exist. In your living room, for example, you could make your sofa look new just by buying a slipcover. Spoiler alert: You can do the same thing in your bedroom!

Emily Auffrey and her family live in a 990-square-foot colorful bohemian jungle in New York City that she absolutely loves. “We truly feel like we moved into our dream NYC apartment,” Auffrey says. So, of course, she has taken the time to intentionally style every room to look warm, cozy, and inviting.

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For her bedroom, Auffrey has been on the hunt for the perfect bed frame for a while and still hasn’t found the one. So, she came up with a simple DIY to suffice in the meantime. Auffrey covered her current headboard with a $20 terracotta headboard slipcover from Amazon. Did you even know those existed? “This gives the bed a quick refresh in the interim, and I love it,” she says.

This particular slipcover model comes in about ten different colors (though some are out of stock right now), is made of soft polyester, and it’ll fit any upholstered headboard that’s about 43-inches to 51-inches wide and has a rectangular or slight arced silhouette. All you have to do is stretch it over your current piece, and you’re done. The best part? Like with a sofa slipcover, cleaning it is as simple as just throwing it in the wash.

If you love the look of upholstered headboards but can’t find the one that fits your style or budget right now, then this slipcover trick might check all the boxes for you in the interim. It’s budget-friendly, renter-friendly (no holes in the wall), and super stylish. Honestly, I wish I had thought of this myself.