How to choose sofa covers that suit your needs
If your furniture gets a lot of use, it’s best to choose a washable, stain-resistant cover. If you have young children, you’ll also want to choose a fabric that’s durable and tear-resistant. Chaise Lounge Covers are available in almost any fabric imaginable, from silk to durable polyester blends that are nearly indestructible.
The material (fabric)
Here are the fabric options for sofa covers:
- Polyester-cotton blend
It is crucial to determine the fit before buying covers. They fit best on furniture with rounded arms, but even hard-to-fit furniture (eg sofas with wing cushions) can fit well.
It just takes a little extra planning. There are two main types of covers available:
- One-piece sets that cover the entire piece of furniture, making washing the cover easy and convenient.
- Separate sets give you the option of covering all or part of your furniture, allowing you to replace the cover of a cushion without having to replace the whole set.
Depending on the type of cover you decide to purchase, you may need to take an additional measurement or two. For example, if you decide to purchase slipcovers with a dust ruffle , you will need to measure your sofa or chair from the top of the legs to the floor.
In addition, it is important to consider the type of material of your new cover. Knitted fabrics (such as cotton and spandex) will stretch to fit your furniture, allowing for slight miscalculations in measurements. If you opt for a fabric like twill, you will need to make sure to take careful measurements as woven fabrics do not stretch like knit fabrics do.
Here’s how to measure a sofa for a slipcover in just 5 steps:
1- Measure the length
First, measure your couch from the outside of one arm to the outside of the other arm . This is the longest length of the sofa cover. Most slipcovers are measured in inches, but to make sure your measurements are accurate, write down the measurements in inches and centimeters.
Covers are available in stretch and tie formats. If you need more space, stretch sofa covers provide more space for larger cushions and sofa armrests. Sofa covers with ties can also be adjusted. To help your slipcover stay in place.
2. Measure the seat cushions
Measure the width of the cushion at the front of the sofa. This is the area under the armrests of the sofa. Measure the length from one side of the sofa to the other. Be sure to measure at the widest point to ensure the best fit, especially if you’re buying sofa covers that don’t have a lot of stretch. Find a cover with donation.
3. Measure the width of the sofa
Measure the outside edge and the width. Start at the front outer edge of one sofa arm . Continue to the back corner, then continue measuring around the back of the sofa. Complete the measurement at the front, on the outside edge of the opposite arm of the sofa.
You will need to tilt or bend the tape measure for accurate results. Be careful when measuring the width, as sofa covers tend to bunch up in the center if they are too wide.
4. Measure the height of the cushion
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the seat cushion to determine the height of the lower end of the sofa cover you are going to buy.
5. Measure the total height
Measure the height of the sofa from the floor to the top, back edge of the sofa to determine the overall height when buying sofa slipcovers.
Another factor to watch out for is the design of the covers. When you hit the market, you will be greeted with several designs, so make sure you choose a good design. When we say good design, we mean a cover that’s very easy to put on, easy to remove, and won’t slip or move every time you try to sit on it. For 100% protection, buy a stretch sofa cover with sofa arms. Before buying the designer sofa, you must consider the style of your sofas.
Sofa covers are available in different designs, for example:
- With or without arms
- The number of seats
- L-shaped sofas
- Sectional sofas
- Sofas with removable seats
- Reclining chairs or relax sofa
- wing sofa
- Colors, prints and patterns
Furniture slipcovers usually come in neutral tones that make them easy to match with most decors. However, you can find bright prints and patterns to dress up a room.
Keep the look of your draperies and rug in mind when choosing sofa or chair covers to ensure your furniture won’t look out of place with its new upholstery.
The function (use)
Remember that sofa covers are designed to serve more than one function. In addition to protecting your sofas, sofa covers should make your living room aesthetic. Therefore, it is your responsibility to get sofa covers that match your sofas and at the same time complement the interior design of your living room.
Also, if you have a pet, say a dog that sheds a lot, you can buy a couch cover that matches the color of your dog’s hair. This will greatly reduce the visibility of your pet’s hair on your sofa and also make your living room cleaner. If you have children or pets, waterproof or water-resistant sofa covers are highly recommended.
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