What is a Slipcover? Top 5 Reasons You Should Get One for Your Sofa

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Do you have a piece of furniture that’s in great shape, but doesn’t match your current home décor? Or maybe it’s a little outdated, and you want to spruce it up? Or another common concern that you might be facing, is how to protect your new furniture from stains and spills.

If this is your experience, you might want to invest in a slipcover.

What is a Slipcover?

A slipcover is a fitted cover that goes over your furniture. They’re easy to use and removeable, allowing you to place them comfortably over your couches, loveseats, recliners, chairs and more. They add a new, updated look to your furniture, while also protecting what’s underneath. This ensures you won’t have to worry about stains or other damage to the fabric on your original furniture.

5 Advantages of Using a Slipcover:

There are many reasons why you’ll want to buy a slipcover. Let’s go over each one in more detail, so you decide if it’s worth investing in one or not.

1. Easy to clean

Slipcovers are very easy to remove and can be machine washed when needed. This is very convenient because it allows you to remove and wash the entire slipcover when it gets any spills, stains or simply gets dirty. If your sofa didn’t have a slipcover, you’ll need to spot clean it with detergent and dry cloth every time there is a stain.

sofa slipcover for pet owners

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Many parents and pet owners enjoy how easy it is to keep their sofa clean. Depending on the fabric and care instructions of your slipcover, you’ll be able to machine wash and tumble dry it as often as needed.

2. Can be used on wide range of furniture pieces

While many people associate a slipcover with a sofa, you can use it for a wide range of furniture pieces. For example: ottoman, dining chairs, loveseat, a recliner, armchair, a chaise lounge, etc. This means that you can protect just about any upholstered furniture piece in your home.

3. Gives your furniture a different look

Another major reason why many people look to buy a slipcover is that they come in wide range of colors and fabrics. This will give a complete makeover to your old sofa and can often make your space more stylish and high-end. This is a great alternative to buying a completely new sofa in different color.

Also, keep in mind that you can choose a slipcover in different fabrics: cotton, linen, velvet, polyester, denim and more. This also allows you to change the look and feel of your old sofa.

4. Perfect fit

There are hundreds of slipcovers sold online, designed to fit a wide range of furniture sizes, big or small. In most cases, slipcovers are made of a combination of durable polyester and spandex, which is highly stretchable.

Some even come in one-size-fits most and can fit a sofa with width between 72-96 inches. There are elastic straps on the bottom edges, which make sure it stays in plays and doesn’t slip.

5. Affordable option

Investing in a slipcover is definitely much less expensive, than if you were to buy a brand new sofa, or loveseat for example. If you’re considering on throwing out an old furniture piece because it has an outdated look or some spills and stains on it, you may want to first consider buying a slipcover instead.

The price of slipcovers ranges between $20-$100, and can go up in a few hundred dollars if you’re looking for a more custom made piece. However, you’ll be able to find a wide range of slipcovers for a three seater sofa in the $60-$80 price range.

Tip: If you’re looking for an inexpensive sofa bed, check out the Mainstays Memory Foam Futon by Walmart for only $159.

Types of Slipcovers:

types of slipcovers

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There are various types of slipcovers available to fit your furniture needs. These include:

Furniture protectors: These types of slipcovers are meant for everyday use. They usually consist of a singular piece of fabric that needs to be fastened or tied to your furniture. They are best for protecting against spills and damage, and can be easily removed for cleaning as needed.

One piece protectors: These types of slipcovers come with one singular piece that goes over your entire furniture. They typically come with ties along the skirt to tighten it, and require you to tuck in the fabric into the creases of the furniture for a more fitted look.

Stretch-fit protectors: Stretch-fit protector slipcovers are more form-fitting to your furniture. They stretch around your furniture and fit to their exact shape. They protect well against stains and other damages.

Separate seat protectors: This type of slipcover comes in two separate pieces: one for the body of your couch or loveseat, and one for the cushions themselves. This gives you a more dynamic look with your seat protectors, distinguishing between the two main pieces. These slipcovers come in different types that fit to your specific piece of furniture, which may require more than one cushion cover.

In addition to the various types of slipcovers, there are also cushion designs to choose from: T-cushion and the regular/box cushion. A T-cushion has a T outline to be layered on the back and seat, and is perfect for couches and chairs. The regular/box cushion are your average cushion shape, with rigid square lines.

Slipcover Fabric Options:

When choosing your slipcover, you’ll also be able to choose from a variety of fabrics. Most common are microfiber, polyester and linen, which mimic the look and feel of most furniture pieces.

dining chairs with linen slipcovers

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Above you can see a dining room with 6 dining chairs in linen slipcovers, creating a cozy farmhouse look.

If you’re looking for something a little more unique to bring flair to your slipcovered furniture, there are also slipcovers available in fabrics such as denim, chenille, and even faux leather. Take a look at everything available to decide on which slipcover material is best for your furniture.

Finally, once you’ve landed on the right slipcover, you’ll have to ensure you get the right size. Be sure to measure everything on your furniture: height, width, length and depth, to confirm it will fit right once it arrives.

Slipcovers are a great way to protect your current furniture, and give it new life with a brand new look. Be sure to consider these details before you shop for your slipcover.

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