How To Choose A Slipcover


Whether you are looking to protect your living room furniture from pets or small children, or you simply want to give your sofa a new lease on life, a slipcover is a perfect solution.

From bold patterns to vibrant covers, choosing the best fabric for your slipcover allows you to change the look of your living room in an instant.

But choosing the right furniture slipcover can be the difference between elevating the style of your home and making a fashion faux pas. Read our easy to follow guide about how to choose a slipcover for your sofa or armchair so your home will always appear immaculately styled.

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What Are the Best Slipcover Fabrics?

There is a wide range of fabrics to choose from for your sofa or armchair slipcover. The right choice for your furniture depends on how heavily it is used and the style of your home.

Some of the best fabrics for slipcovers include:

What Slipcover Style Will Be Best for My Furniture Piece?

Different styles of slipcovers are suitable for different furniture pieces. Choosing the right style of slipcover can help you achieve a better fit to give a more refined look to your covered furniture. Some of the style options include:

One Piece Polyester Blend Loveseat Slipcover
Modern Printed Stretch Loveseat Slipcover
Stretch Stylish Box Cushion Wingback Slipcover
White Fashionable Country Style Sofa Slipcover
Black Stretch Polyester Blend Slipcover
Navy Blue Dining Chair Slipcover Set
Stretch Plush 2 Piece Chair Slipcover Set
Elegant Indigo Slipcover 5-piece Cover Set
Gray Stretch Suede Sofa Slipcover
Green Stretch Polyester Blend Sofa Slipcover
Printed Stretch T-Cushion Wingback Slipcover
Stretchy Dining Chair Slipcover Set
Elegant Burgundy T-Cushion Loveseat Slipcover
Solid Triple Protection Recliner Slipcover
Classic 100% Polyester Recliner Slipcover
Luxury Comfort Box Cushion Sofa Slipcover
Durable Water and Soil Resistant Recliner Slipcover
Deluxe Comfort Quilted Armless Chaise Lounge Slipcover

How to Measure for a Slipcover?

Living room furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, so to ensure your pieces are protected and well-styled, you need to find a slipcover that offers the perfect fit. While you could get expensive custom-made slipcovers, you can achieve the same stylish look by taking accurate measurements of your furniture.

Basic Slipcover Measurements

Begin by measuring the width of the sofa or armchair from the outside of one arm to the other. Then measure from the floor to the highest point of the backrest. Finally, measure the width, length, and depth of the seat cushions. This last measurement is especially important if you are purchasing a separate set style of slipcover.

Some furniture requires additional measurements as they have some unique design features that do not fit with a standard slipcover.

Polyester Floral Pattern Armchair Slipcover
Classic Beige Box Cushion Recliner Slipcover
Microfiber Water and Soil Resistant T-Cushion Recliner Slipcover
Soft Jersey Knit Box Cushion Recliner Slipcover
Printed Polyester Box Cushion Armchair Slipcover
Blue Microfiber Reversible Recliner Slipcover
Turquoise Stretch Box Cushion Wingback Slipcover
Brown Soft Suede Wingback Slipcover
Printed Floral T-Cushion Wingback Slipcover
Ultra Soft Fade Resistant Wingback Slipcover
Brown Leather T-Cushion Wingback Slipcover
Black Machine Washable Wingback Slipcover

Most corner or sectional sofa covers comes as separates to allow for a better fit. Begin by measuring the chaise section of the sofa from the top of the backrest to the top of the seat and then back edge of the seat cushion (where it meets the backrest) to the front edge. Then measure the 3-seater section of the sofa from the outside of the armrest to where it meets the chaise.

L-Shaped Stretch Box Cushion Sofa Slipcover
Navy Blue 2 Pieces L-shaped Sofa Slipcover
Stretch Suede Separate Seat Sofa Slipcover
Stylish T-Cushion Sofa and Chaise Lounge Slipcover
2 Seats Elegant T-Cushion Sofa Slipcover
Cozy Gray 3 Seats Corner Sofa Cover

What Extra Features to Look For in a Slipcover?

A slipcover is designed to fit a basic box frame or square arm sofa, but other living room furniture such as wingback chairs, recliners, or sofas with T-cushions are more challenging to cover. To find a cover that offers the best fit, look for some of these additional features.

Styling tip: Choose a sweet ruffled sofa skirt for casual living areas decorated in Shabby chic, boho, or country-style décor. Or, opt for a modern flat-panel skirt with pleats at the corners for tailored look for your modern or Scandi home.

Quick Tips

The right fabric choice can make or break the look of your sofa slipcover. Choose a material that has the right balance of durability and style, such as microfiber or linen.

Selecting the right style of slipcover ensures the perfect fit and a more refined look. One- piece covers suit most modern styles of sofa, with separate sets are a better choice for rolled arm sofa and chairs with T-cushions.

Accurate measurements of your furniture allow you to find a slipcover that fits your sofa as well as a custom-designed piece. Be sure to take additional measurements for furniture items with unique design features.

Some slipcovers come with additional features to create a better fit. Look for an elasticized hem and armrest ties for the best fits, and a frame skirt for added protection.