plastic covered furniture

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Plastic Covered Furniture

For the cover used for books and DVDs, see Slipcase. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (July 2016) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) A chair fitted with a black slipcover A slipcover (also called loose cover) is a fitted protective cover that may be slipped off and on a piece of upholstered furniture. Slipcovers are usually made of cloth. Slipcovers slip on and off, they come fresh, and may be removed for seasonal change, cleaning, moving, or storage. Slipcovers are sometimes defined as “clothing for furniture.” Indeed, they are tailored just as clothing is, and are fitted loosely or snugly to the taste of the owner or tailor. Some people order furniture upholstered in plain muslin with the intention of using slipcovers only. Contents 1 History 2 Technology 3 Industry 4 References 5 External links History In the days before home air conditioning was available, it was common to put slipcovers on upholstered furniture in the hot months of the year to protect the upholstery fabric from sweat, and slipcover tailors offered clear vinyl, or plastic slipcovers. These clear plastic slipcovers were available in large department stores such as Jordan Marsh or were custom made by artisans. In some cities in the northeast U.S., slipcover tailors were sometimes given the nickname “summertime millionaires” as their busy season was in the spring and summer. Custom slipcovering was done then, each one cut and sewn to order. In the 1960s, technology and production techniques made it possible to manufacture furniture that could be sold at prices at or below the price of a custom-made slipcover, and the practice of custom slipcovering for a time declined. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in custom slipcovering driven by the interior design industry and the popularity of the very casual shabby chic design style. Technology As this new “looser” fitting style of slipcovers do not always require custom tailoring, some furniture manufacturers are beginning to offer “ready made” slipcovers. Ready made, generic fit slipcovers are available at many mainstream retailers that sell linens (sheets). With these generic fit slipcovers, some effort is required to maintain a tailored look of a slipcover applied to a couch or loveseat, as usage of the furniture will pull at the edges of the slipcover, which are simply tucked under the cushions, all of one piece. Custom fitted slipcovers can resemble upholstery in their fit. They are fabricated to the exact shape of the furniture. Custom slipcovers have cushions slipcovered separately from the frame. Techniques can be used to make a slipcover that will not shift and require re-tucking after every use. Slipcover fabrication is a specialty offered by slipcover makers. Some upholsterers and drapery workrooms will also make slipcovers. Industry Slipcovering skills are revived every generation by new groups that tend to change in characteristics over decades. Slipcover arts were once a close guarded secrets. One constant is the cottage industry aspect, slipcovers are easily made by small groups, in the home or home based businesses. Historically a lower wage occupation, division of labor tended on gender lines, slipcover sewers were often not taught or expected to cut. Today, the trend is for more educated populations, more of them women, to choose this cottage industry product as a profession. Each one person business tends to all the steps of the marketing and manufacturing. These one-person businesses may jointly market their services. The World Wide Web has contributed to the survival of slipcovering, slipcover artists have found one another in this way, through networks or professional listings. Slipcover knowledge lately has been pooled and shared through this source. The production of clear vinyl slipcovers, however, is not as great as it used to be. Modern upholstery fabrics are more durable; they are both more resistant to dirt and easier to clean. Many upholstery fabrics can in fact be washed in cold water without harm. Transparent vinyl slipcovers, although beautiful to look at, are often very uncomfortable to sit on, particularly on hot summer days. These days, it is almost impossible to get clear vinyl slipcovers without having to have them custom made. References ^ “What fabric?”. Plumbs. Retrieved 2015-05-22. External links Slipcover Network What is the Slipcover Certification Program?
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Plastic Covered Furniture

Having grown up in the waning years of the plastic couch cover (or the plastic slip, if you prefer), I’ve always been intrigued by the psychology behind this peculiar practice.  Here’s the scenario: you go to a furniture store, you spend the requisite time to find just the right size, shape and style of furniture to grace your living room, and you lay out considerable cash to purchase and have the furniture delivered to your house.  When it gets there, you spend more time positioning it just right to ensure that it entirely fulfills your vision of the complete, well-appointed living room.  Then, as you look over your creation, flush with pride — you proceed to cover everything with plastic.
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Plastic Covered Furniture

They started covering their furniture in plastic, and that kept the bed bugs out, because they have a hard time climbing shiny plastic, and they couldn’t hide in the cracks, or bite through the plastic. Bed bugs were just about wiped out during the 1950’s, and I doubt it was all because of DDT.
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Plastic Covered Furniture

eight November 2, 2015 at 4:21 am They started covering their furniture in plastic, and that kept the bed bugs out, because they have a hard time climbing shiny plastic, and they couldn’t hide in the cracks, or bite through the plastic. Bed bugs were just about wiped out during the 1950’s, and I doubt it was all because of DDT.
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Plastic Covered Furniture

After dinner, Daddy got up and announced, “And now I’m going to go in my living room and sit on my sofa!” We all followed Daddy to watch as he plopped down on your crisp white cushions and reached for the remote to turn on the TV and catch the Sold God Hits portion of the program. Do you remember that sofa? Do you remember how good it felt to have my dad’s ass all up on you? All was eerily okay until Mommy noticed a tiny sauce stain on Daddy’s pants, which was now a tiny sauce stain on you. After a lot of yelling and cleaning, my mom then trapped you in plastic like a gold fish headed to it’s mortality. And not stereotypical Italian-family fitted furniture plastic as seen on Everybody Loves Raymond. Nope, the messy, unfitted plastic that you were delivered in was placed back on you and never removed again.
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Plastic Covered Furniture

The only places I’ve seen this these days is in the homes of fairly new immigrants who are struggling like hell. One of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever seen was the small apartment of a West Indian woman in Boston who had everything covered in plastic and lots of china figurines and gleaming things made of brass, everything spic and span and in absolutely pristine shape. I think she was going for the Dynasty look. The woman worked three jobs, at least one at a hospital, to maintain this home and raise her two sons – one of whom had gotten in with a bad element at school and had just killed someone. Even through her shock and pain and the utter destruction of her life, she was gracious to the stranger who showed up to ask her questions. And I thought about how hard she worked to make everything perfect, and how you can’t put plastic on the world.posted by CunningLinguist at 3:43 AM on November 2, 2006
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Plastic Covered Furniture

‘You’ don’t do this, I realize, but so many people have that this practice is a defining mark of a generation.  A pure utilitarian would have no trouble understanding it.  Clear plastic allows you to see the fabric beneath and also protect it, thus lengthening the life of the furniture and maximizing its utility.  As to the aesthetic concern of not being able to feel the fabric, but instead hearing a crunch every time you sit down and then sliding about for a while until becoming as comfortable as someone can be cushioned in plastic, the utilitarian says “too bad – that’s the trade-off for maximizing the utility of your investment.” 
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Plastic Covered Furniture

This is a good example of something that in a certain light makes perfect practical sense, and yet is still a sure sign of neuroticism.  I think that’s what intrigues me about it most: it’s an example of the illusion of normalcy.  For a generation that was prone to drape its rooms in plastic, this practice was as normal as drinking coffee in the morning.  Now, to us (with perspective of a much differently adjusted normal state) covering perfectly good furniture in plastic seems insane.  The utility argument seems equally insane, if only because it’s so ridiculously myopic (which is one of the reasons that pure utilitarianism is about as influential these days as the flat earth movement).

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