Three uses for dropcloths

Pop into your local Builders Warehouse and you will find a selection of canvas dropcloths in various sizes. Canvas is a durable fabric that is great for both indoor and outdoor projects and in this feature we'll show you how you can use canvas dropcloths for indoor and outdoor decor projects.


Transform a plain patio or garden room with a painted dropcloth curtain. Canvas is ideal for using outdoors and is easily painted.

Using a paint roller and acrylic paint you can easily paint designs onto dropcloths. The best paint to use is a matt or low sheen PVA, as this adheres better to the fabric. Mask off the areas that you don't want to paint with masking tape and then simply roll on the colour.

To hang the curtains, visit your fabric store and see what options they have available. You will find eyelet kits in various sizes. Alternatively, add some tabs to the top of your curtain for hanging onto a pole.

Need to cover up an old sofa or chair. Use a large canvas dropcloth to drape over the top. Canvas is 100% washable, so you don't need to worry about keep it clean.



To add detail to your canvas dropcloth, you can use iron-on webbing to attach contrasting trim, or buy transfer paper for your PC printer and then print out a design to iron on. And don't forget that you can also use paint to add designs to your dropcloth sofa cover.

A easy trick for keeping the dropcloth in place on a sofa or chair is to use a pool noodle. The noodle grips the fabric and holds it in place when pushed down the back of the sofa or chair. And it's easy to remove when you need to wash the dropcloth.

If you prefer a more formal look for your upholstered furniture and are pretty handy with a sewing machine, you can easily use canvas dropcloths to make custom slipcovers for all your furniture. Because dropcloth is really affordable, you can create stunning slipcovers and curtains on a budget without much effort.

For customs curtains, cut your canvas dropcloth to fit the window and hem on all sides. Add fabric panels or trim if you want a dressier look. You can sew hems and trim, or you can use iron-on bonding.

Top off your new curtains with curtain clips and your new curtains are ready to hang up.