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Slipcovers Buying Guide

Slipcovers Buying Guide

Whether you've invested in a piece of furniture and want to make it last longer, or you're are looking for a new way to update your current pieces, a slipcover can offer an easy solution. Read on for tips on buying slipcovers.

Buying a Slipcover:

Reasons for Buying a Slipcover:

Slipcover shoppers are generally looking to protect their couches and loveseats from pets, children, dirt, or spills. Choosing quality sofa and chair slipcovers will be less expensive than replacing your old furniture. For example, cover up old couches that have seen better days with sofa slipcovers.

Slipcovers can also give your old furniture new life when you want to update your decor with a fresh, polished look. A well-fitting chair or sofa slipcover can complement your room and give your furniture a face-lift, perfect when you’re redecorating on a budget.

Deciding what purpose your slipcover will serve can help you when looking at both material and price.

Slipcover Materials:

Slipcovers can be made from cotton, wool, polyester, spandex and linen — almost any fabric or blend.

If your furniture is heavily used, it’s best to pick a durable slipcover that is washable and stain-resistant, such as one made from a heavy cotton. If you have young children, you’ll want to select a nearly indestructible poly blend slipcover for tear-resistance. Opt for a dark-colored slipcover or one with a pattern that can hide stains if you’re buying a slipcover to protect your furniture.

If you prefer a slipcover that fits like a second skin and looks stylish, try a thin slipcover made from a stretchy cotton-spandex blend. This style of slipcover offers the most options in terms of looks and texture since it comes in fabrics like faux suede and corduroy.

Slipcover Fit:

Slipcovers fit best on round-arm furniture with rectangular seat cushions, although you can now find slipcovers for hard-to-fit furniture, such as T-cushion sofas and wingback chairs. Furniture slipcovers can drape or tie over furniture. You may also want to consider whether you want a one-piece slipcover or one with several pieces. One-piece slipcovers offer a wider variety of sofa sizes and can easily be removed for washing. A slipcover set with individual pieces for each cushion will fit better and offer a more seamless look. See How to Put a Slipcover on a Sofa.

Slipcover Measurement:

Before purchasing slipcovers, you’ll need to measure your chair, loveseat or sofa so you can find a slipcover in the right size. To find the correct measurement of your furniture, measure from the outside edge of one arm to the outside edge of the other arm. Make a note of the width of upholstered arms. Then measure the distance between the bottom of the furniture and floor if you are buying a slipcover with a bottom ruffle.

A sofa-sized slipcover will fit furniture measuring 74 to 96 inches, a loveseat-sized slipcover will fit furniture between 58 and 73 inches long, and a chair-sized slipcover will fit furniture measuring 32 to 40 inches. Stretch slipcovers contain a bit of elastic and will be more forgiving.