How to Buy Slipcovers
Measure Your Furniture
Furniture slipcovers come in specific sizes, so it is important to ensure that you are purchasing the proper size. Using a measuring tape, take the measurement from the longest part of the couch, including the arms. 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. While stretch slipcovers will be more forgiving, you’ll want to be particularly careful when buying custom slipcovers that you get the correct measurements, as these may not be returnable.
Choose a Type
A fitted slipcover provides a seamless look where it is nearly impossible to tell that the furniture has been covered. Other options include slipcovers that drape or tie over furniture, stretch slipcovers that contain a bit of elastic for a better fit and custom slipcovers, which are tailored to your exact measurements and made of the fabric you choose.
Choose Slipcovers in Colors That Complement Your Home’s Style
Slipcovers for furniture typically come in neutral shades that make it easy to blend with most decors. However, you can find bright prints to dress up a room. Keep look of your draperies and your carpet in mind when selecting sofa or chair slipcovers to ensure that your furniture won’t look out of place with its new coverings.
Choose Slipcovers in Appropriate Fabrics
If your furniture is heavily used, it is best to pick a slipcover that is washable and stain-resistant. If you have young children, you’ll want to select a fabric that will be durable and tear-resistant, too. Slipcovers for furniture come in nearly every fabric imaginable, from silk to durable poly blends that are nearly indestructible.