Folks, I've searched for YEARS to find a tough, washable sofa slipcover. And I really wanted something other than a plain fabric. We have five indoor dogs (most of them big and hairy), and they use these couches exclusively as their dog beds. This means HEAVY usage and weekly washings. These covers are great! Dog and cat hair doesn't stick to them. For dogs that are "nesters" (you pet owners know what I mean-digging at the couch to make a nest), the fabric is tough and doesn't snag. Most covers don't last a month at my house. I got my first set of these in September of 2009 and am just replacing them in February of 2011. The covers are a little short in the back for my really poofy, oversize couches, but since they are both against the wall, the back doesn't show and I don't care. They do have ties, which were viewed as chew toys by a couple of the dogs, but I've done retraining, and now the ties are left alone.