DIY: Canvas Drop Cloths as Instant Decor

One of the easiestóand most underutilizedóinterior design strategies is the draping of furniture in simple, cotton canvas painter’s drop cloths. Canvas cloths are easily sourced from most hardware stores, or try a gently used cloth for unique eco chic.

Above: Instant bedspread, via Kikette Interiors. Although this one looks linen, a laundered painter’s drop cloth would also work.

Above L: The draped sofa adds a casual note to a potentially formal space; photo by Jim Franco. Above R: A chair draped in a drop cloth, via OWI.

Above: At the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, beds are draped in drop-cloth-like covers from Free City in Malibu.

As a tote, you can use versatile canvas to store almost anything. For ideas on styles we find especially handy, see Remodelista’s post, 10 Easy Pieces: Canvas Storage Containers.


Val M.
Val M4 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Debra S.
Debra S7 years ago

I love the idea of getting a big piece of fabric on the cheap! Thanks for the ideas.

Scherry D.
Scherry D7 years ago

I'm going to look for a canvas drop cloth for my sofa... I have a dog that constantly licks his foot... this would keep the drool off the sofa fabric.

Tori W.
Past Member 7 years ago

I think it's funky looking. Thanks.

Rachel M.
Rachel M7 years ago

Looks really tacky...why would anyone want to do that?

Iva Hopper
Iva Hopper7 years ago

thank you

Ms Aiyana
Ms Aiyana7 years ago

Oh Please! This is what I did when I had no money for new furniture and the old was OLD & worn! My friend says it looks Ghettolicious! Try again!

Liz Thompson
Elisabeth T7 years ago

It does make me feel like getting out the paint brush...

Sanja T.
Sanja T7 years ago