Slipcovers Buying Guide

If you've tired of the same old, same old when it comes to how your furniture looks, but you don't have the budget or time to invest in new furniture, there's another option you may want to consider: Slipcovers are a fast, simple way to change the look of not just a single furniture piece, but a whole room.

Types of Slipcovers

Types of Slipcovers

From a spot that just won't come out to a worn-down patch of fabric, from an old pattern to an outdated color, furniture can show its age and its use. But as anyone who has priced a chair or a couch understands, replacing furniture can take a big bite out of a home improvement budget. Fortunately, slipcovers are a modern family's best furniture friend. Available in a range of sizes, styles, colors, and patterns, these pieces can offer a new look at a fraction of the price of a whole piece of furniture. Here's a guide to help you find the right fit for your family.

Chair Slipcovers

Chair slipcovers can cover all types of chairs, from dining room seating to living room loungers. For structured chairs, some slipcovers may even cover just the base or seating portion.

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Couch and Sofa Slipcovers

Couch and sofa slipcovers can cover these furnishings in a variety of ways. Some are very casual and unstructured—a great way to change the look and feel of furniture without making a huge investment.

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Recliner Slipcovers

Recliner slipcovers cover these relaxing chairs, including the stool that pops up and the back cover. Make sure yours has enough fabric to cover all the way over the whole chair when it is extended.

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Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

From casual contemporary to tried-and-true traditional, slipcovers are as varied as the furniture they cover. What you choose probably depends in large part on the stage of life that you and your family—as well as your furniture—are in. Even so, there are common purchase considerations that everyone, no matter the budget or the style, should consider. Those include material, washability, fastening, and fitting. Use this guide to help you on your way to finding the best slipcover.

Material

Most slipcovers are made of a cotton or cotton-blend fabric that has some sort of stain guarding to enhance durability. Look carefully at the care requirements of your top choices to ensure that they match the lifestyle needs of your daily routine.

Washability

One of the best reasons to choose a slipcover is care: Most can be easily removed to be washed, and most slipcover materials can be cleaned with regular detergents and washing machines.

Fastening

Slipcovers fasten in a variety of ways. Some have ties to secure to armrests; others may have hook-and-loop closures or zippers. Those with ties tend to offer a looser fit and work with a wider range of furniture sizes and styles.

Fitting

Many slipcovers are designed to be a temporary solution, securing in an unstructured fashion over arms, legs, and bodies of furniture pieces. Others, however, may be intended as a permanent replacement for upholstery.

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Crate&Barrel
$1,199.00 $649.00

Casually attired in fresh stripes for a coastal look, the Harborside slipcovered swivel glider is designed for taking life easy. D...eep plump cushions, petite understated rolled arms and white slipcovers banded in lime green and dove grey bring a relaxed... read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$199.00 $157.81

This classic style slip cover ottoman will enhance any decor. The 100 percent cotton removable cover is washable and can be ironed... while off the frame. The durable hardwood frame is made to last for years. The seat cushion on this spacious ottman is made with comfortable polyurethane foam and wrapped with polyester fiber. Accent welting on the cushion adds a touch of elegance. Can be used for your feet, or as extra seating. Some assembly is required, no tools are needed. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$499.00 $399.00

This classic-style, rolled-arm beige slip cover sofa will enhance any decor. The 100 percent cotton removable cover is washable an...d can be ironed while off the frame. The durable hardwood frame is made to last for years. Each seat cushion on this spacious, three-cushion sofa is made with comfortable polyurethane foam and wrapped with polyester fiber. The soft back cushions are filled with polyester fiber for a plush seating experience. Accent welting on the arms and cushions add a touch of elegance. No tools are required for assembly. It's simple and easy to put together. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$199.00 $142.10

This classic style slip cover ottoman will enhance any decor. The 100 percent cotton removable cover is washable and can be ironed... while off the frame. The durable hardwood frame is made to last for years. The seat cushion on this spacious ottman is made with comfortable polyurethane foam and wrapped with polyester fiber. Accent welting on the cushion adds a touch of elegance. Can be used for your feet, or as extra seating. Some assembly is required, no tools are needed. read more

QuickCover
$83.49 $75.14

Dorchester slipcovers are a practical and simple, yet stylish collection of twill covers, in a solid color pallet, and are a brigh...t way to refresh your room in minutes. Dorchester relaxed fit slipcovers go right over your furniture and are available in... read more

Home Fashion Designs
$23.69 $20.14

Protect your arm chair with this form fit stretch slipcover from the Savannah Collection. Fully elasticized material will stretch ...over most arm chairs up to 40 inches wide. The fabric is machine washable for easy care. Features: Fits most chairs up to... read more

LCM Home Fashions
$54.39 $48.95

Add the finishing touch to your futon with this soft and cozy microsuede cover. The boxed construction and curved edges provide th...e perfect fit, while the polyester construction ensures ease of care. This piece is available in a wide array of stunning... read more

Safavieh
$268.99 $228.64

Comfortably seating your guests at the dinner table or in any otherroom, this high-back chair is a great combination of function a...ndstyle. The frame features wooden construction covered with apolyester slipcover in a versatile ivory hue for a chic, elegantdesign. Packed fully assembled in a single box, this dining chair isready for immediate use. Features: Color: Ivory Materials: Wood and Polyester Finish: mahogany Seat height: 19.5 inches Measures 46.9 inches high x 27.8 inches wide x 21.5 inches deep Number of boxes this will ship in: One (1) Chair arrives fully assembled Color: Off-White. read more

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