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How to Measure a Sofa for a Slipcover

by C.D. Crowder

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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; plus, they fit over the front, sides and back of your sofa. Sofa slipcovers come in ready-made and custom sizes, depending on the type of sofa you own; 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:

  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 outside edge and width. Measure the width of the sofa. 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:

  1. Most furniture slipcovers are measured in inches. To ensure your measurements are accurate for all furniture slipcovers, write down measurements in both inches and centimeters.

  2. 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.

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