How to Buy a Couch Slipcover

Buying a couch slipcover is a great way to make an older piece of furniture look new again. With so many options, it is important to choose a sofa slipcover that works with your d├ęcor, is the right construction and size for your style of couch and is within your price range. In order to accomplish all 3 of these goals, taking your time and considering all relevant factors is a must if you want to choose the slipcover that is right for you.


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    Take some measurements. With the aid of a tape measure, make sure you have the proper length, width, and height for your sofa. Use the highest point on the back, the longest distance between the outside edges of the 2 arms, and the deepest depth from the back of the couch to the front. Be sure to allow some extra room for tucking the slipcover so the fit can be snug.
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    Consider the style. Couch slipcovers can be fitted or flat, just like bedsheets. A flat slipcover is easy to drape over the sofa; you can tuck in the right places to create a nice look, but is less likely to stay in place. A fitted slipcover will often come with pockets for the arms and possibly separate shams for the sofa cushions, making it possible to achieve a more fitted look.
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    Think about the material. Couch slipcovers are often constructed of fiber blends that can be machined washed with ease, while others are intended for dry-cleaning only. If your sofa sees a lot of use, going with a material that can be washed several times a year will be more time and cost-efficient.
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    Consider the color, pattern, and texture of the slipcover. It is possible to purchase slipcovers that are a solid color, or go with stripes or prints that work well with the color scheme in your space. Textures may be flat or somewhat varied, depending on what type of feel you want with the cover.
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    Evaluate the expense. Basic flat and fitted slipcovers can be purchased at budget prices from discount retailers, while more elaborate designs and materials will cost a little more. Focus attention on the slipcovers that fit well into your budget, and go for the options that offer the most quality within your price range.


  • Stores sometimes place couch slipcovers that are being discontinued on sale, allowing you to save a lot of money. In addition, some will sell slipcovers that were returned for some minor defect at a deep discount. Ask a store manager if the store has any returns or second quality slipcover sets you can look at before making a purchase.
  • If you like to switch couch slipcovers every season, consider going with more basic designs that are less expensive but will hold up well for a few years. The right slipcovers and a change of a few accessories can easily change the mood of a room without costing a lot of money.

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