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Slipcover Buying Guide

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Slipcovers are an easy and budget-friendly way to instantly transform a space, whether you need to update worn out seating or protect furniture from pets, kids, and stains. There are many types of slipcovers for different furniture pieces including:
  • Sofa
  • Accent Chair
  • Loveseat
  • Kitchen and Dining Chair 

Before purchasing a slipcover, there are three things that need to be considered: fit, measurement, and material. 

1. Fit

The first (and most important) step to take before purchasing a slipcover is to consider how it will fit on your piece of furniture. A slipcover is known to fit best on rounded arm pieces, such as a traditional sofa or arm chair. However, there are slipcovers that are available for hard-to-fit furniture, such as T-cushion sofas or wingback chairs. Depending on the type of furniture you want to cover, there are two types of slipcovers: one piece and separate sets.

  • One-piece slipcovers offer a wider variety of sizes. Additionally, they can easily be removed for washing.
  • Separate sets have individual pieces for each cushion which mimics the look of a non-slipcovered sofa. It has a cleaner, seamless appearance.  

 2. Measurement 

Once the type of slipcover has been established, take measurements in order to find determine the appropriate size. Measure from the outside edge of one arm to the outside edge of the other arm. Depending on the furniture piece you are fitting, remember the following measurements below:

  • A sofa-sized slipcover will fit furniture measuring 74 inches to 96 inches.
  • A loveseat-sized slipcover will fit furniture between 58 inches to 73 inches.
  • A chair-sized slipcover will fit furniture measuring 32 inches to 40 inches. 
Make sure to measure the distance between the floor to the bottom of your sofa. Some slipcovers come with a ruffle or pleated skirt. 

3. Material

Choosing the right material for your slipcover depends on how much your furniture will be used. Slipcovers are available in a variety of materials, including cotton, wool, polyester, spandex, and linen. Here are a few styles to consider:

  • Heavy cotton, canvas, or twill blend: Durable materials such as these are ideal for furniture that will see heavy traffic. Oftentimes, these fabrics fit looser and give off a more inviting vibe.
  • Polyester, micro-suede, or spandex blend: These stretchier fabrics creates a more form-fitting cover that offers a modern and tailored look.
  • Wool, linen, and silk: Offering an elegant and luxurious feel, fine fabrics such as these require dry cleaning.       
Keep in mind that dark-colored slipcovers or ones with a pattern are ideal for frequent use, since they are the best at hiding stains. 

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