Want To Add A Little Style To A Shelving Unit? How To Cover It With Decorative Cloth

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If you have an old bookshelf or another shelving unit that you store items on, but find it to be an eyesore, you might be looking for a way to jazz it up a bit. There are many things that you can do change the look or to hide the items you're storing, if you don't want to refinish the unit. This guide explains an easy way to cover an old bookcase with decorative cloth.

Step 1: Measure the Unit

Measure the bookcase with a measuring tape. Be sure to measure the width and length of the top, front and sides. Note: For the front measurements, add about a half an inch around the perimeter. Do this for the sides and top as well. Write all these measurements down on a piece of paper.

Step 2: Gather Your Supplies

For this project, you will need the following:

  • fabric (cut to size using your measurements)
  • staple gun
  • Velcro
  • staples
  • ruler
  • pencil

Step 3: Attach the Fabric

Place the fabric over the sides and the top of the bookcase. Staple the fabric on the front along the edge on top and down the sides. Then staple it to the back of the unit all along the edges. Pull the fabric as you go to prevent wrinkles.

Step 4: Attach the Front Cover

Remove the backing from the Velcro and attach it to the fabric along the front edge. The Velcro should cover the staples on the sides and the top near the front.

Lay the cover (front) fabric piece on a flat surface. Remove the backing from the attaching portion of the Velcro and attach it to the edges of the fabric.

Attach the cover to the Velcro on the unit by sticking the two Velcro pieces together. The cover should hang easily with no wrinkles. It should also reach to the floor without dragging.

If there is a little drag, cut a smidgen off with scissors until you achieve the desired look. If you don't trust that you'll get a straight line, take the cover off and lay it on a flat surface. Then use a ruler and a pencil to draw a straight line before cutting.

Access the items you need by undoing the Velcro and then replacing it when you're finished. Ask your furniture expert for help if you run into any problems, specifically if the staples splinter the wood. Share this with others who want to find a great way to store items they don't use often in a unique and easy fashion.

For more information about how you can spruce up your home, visit Annabelle's Fine Home Furnishings.


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