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How to Measure a Sofa for a Slipcover

by C.D. Crowder
Published April 29, 2010 | Updated June 16, 2015

One of the easiest ways to update your sofa is to buy a slipcover that fits it well and hides any imperfections. Slipcovers come in a variety of colors and styles. They fit over the front, sides, and back of your sofa, so you can completely cover an outdated pattern or a color that no longer goes with your decor. Sofa slipcovers come in many sizes; you can also purchase a stretch sofa slipcover that contains polyester and spandex for your couch. With a tape measure and a few tips, you can easily measure your sofa to ensure the couch slipcover you buy will fit perfectly.

Measuring a Sofa for Slipcovers:

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  1. Measure the Length

    First, measure your sofa from the outside of one arm to the outside of the other arm. This is the longest length of the sofa slipcover.

  2. Measure the Seat Cushions

    Measure the cushion width in the front of the sofa. This is the area below the sofa arms. Measure the length from one side of the sofa to the other. Be sure to measure at the widest point to ensure a better fit, especially if you'll be purchasing sofa covers that don't have a lot of stretch.

  3. Measure the Width of the Sofa

    Measure the outside edge and width. Start at the front, outside edge of one sofa arm. Continue to the back corner and then continue measuring around the back side of the sofa. Complete the measurement at the front, outer edge of the opposite sofa arm. You will need to angle or bend the tape measure for accurate results. Be careful when measuring width, as slipcovers for sofas tend to bunch in the center if they are too wide.

  4. Measure the Cushion Height

    Measure the height from the floor to the top of the seat cushion to determine the lower end height of the couch slipcover you'll be buying.

  5. Measure the Full Height

    Measure the height of the sofa from the floor to the top, back edge of the sofa to determine the full height when shopping for slipcovers for sofas.

Sofa Slipcover Tips:

Most slipcovers are measured in inches, but to ensure that your measurements are accurate, write down measurements in both inches and centimeters.

Slipcovers are available in stretch and tie formats. If you need extra room, stretch sofa slipcovers provide more give for larger cushions and sofa arms. Sofa covers with ties can be adjusted as well.