How To Choose Sectional Couch Covers

Whether you're looking to revamp your living room but don't know how or simply want to cover up your worn-out sectional, a sectional couch cover is undoubtedly the answer to your problem. Before you go ahead and decide to get rid of your awkward sectional, it's worth giving sectional couch covers a try!

With all the materials, designs, and styles available, picking the right slipcover can certainly turn out to be an overwhelming task. Where do you even begin? What if you end up choosing a fabric that feels rough or wind up with a cover that doesn't even fit your sectional? If it all sounds daunting, don't worry, because we're here to help!

Here, you'll find everything you need to pay attention to when selecting sectional couch covers!

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Floral stretch couch cover
Floral stretch couch cover

The fabric

One of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a couch cover is its fabric. Obviously, the fabric plays a significant role in determining the durability and overall comfort of the cover.

Do you have children, pets, and clumsy people in your house? If you do, a cover in cotton will be your best bet. This fabric is light, soft to touch, machine washable, durable, breathable, and can absorb water to name a few. Cotton couch covers are a go-to choice for those seeking versatility, function, and comfort in one piece. Nevertheless, this fabric comes with a few downsides. Cotton tends to be thin when stretched over a sectional, making it an impractical choice for dark-colored couches. Moreover, cotton covers are more likely to get wrinkled so you'll need to regularly steam them. On the same note, twill is much like cotton. It's durable, resists staining, and can be washed in the washing machine. The main differences are that twill features a distinct pattern and comes in low thread counts and high thread counts, depending on how resilient and thick you want your couch covers to be.

Removable stretchy cushion sofa slipcover
Removable stretchy cushion sofa slipcover

Another popular fabric for sectional couch covers is linen. It combines comfort and longevity in the best way. Covers in linen have a casual flair that looks good in most home styles. Plus, they're smooth and feel remarkably soft against the skin.

If your sectional is unusually sized, you may want to go for a fabric that easily fits on couches of different shapes and sizes. Microfiber and polyester fabrics, for instance, tightly cover sectionals of all kinds. In addition, slipcovers in these fabrics are easy to clean, extremely soft, and provide a fitted appearance with a wrinkle-free finish.

Want something a bit more aesthetically pleasing and luxurious? Velvet and silk are common options. However, these fabrics don't last long and are only ideal for special occasions and short-term use.

The durability

It isn't realistic to expect your sectional couch covers to be hard-wearing if you've chosen a material that's delicate and far from being resistant. If durability is your priority, it only makes sense to pick a cover that's built to last.

Light cotton sofa cover
Light cotton sofa cover

There are certain features you should look out for to ensure that the slipcover you're buying doesn't need to be replaced for a while. After all, purchasing a couch cover that'll shrink after one wash is just not practical if you're hoping to dress up your sectional for some time. Likewise, you wouldn't want your couch cover to get ruined as soon as a spill happens. Most, if not all, slipcover buyers swear by cotton, twill, denim, and canvas as they can withstand wear and tear better than other fabric options. Furthermore, you can't go wrong with a stain-resistant and waterproof sectional couch cover if you want yours to look pristine and in perfect condition at all times.

Bear in mind that excessive washing with bleach, detergents with harsh chemicals, direct sunlight, and over-drying can all accelerate wear and affect the slipcover's durability.

The size

Damask pattern sofa slipcover
Damask pattern sofa slipcover

Unless the sectional cover you've selected is made of elastic fibers and completely stretchable, it's crucial to pick the right-size slipcover. Get the correct size for your sectional couch by grabbing your measuring tape and measuring the length of your couch from one outer arm to the other as well as the depth from the front to the back. Don't forget to measure the height of your couch from the floor to the top. Once you've gotten hold of these measurements, choose a slipcover size that is most likely to easily slip on and off your sectional. Also, you'll want a fit that isn't too tight to prevent it from no longer fitting after washing.

The design

Now that the hard parts are done, it's time to move on to the fun part: picking the design! So which type of sectional couch cover should you choose? It all depends on your budget and personal preferences.

Floral print couch cover
Floral print couch cover

Ready-made couch covers are for those on tight budgets with regular-sized sectional couches. As their name implies, they're readily available. Since these types of covers are made to a standard size, they're only limited to specific couch dimensions. Besides, ready-made covers only require little maintenance, are safe to wash in the washing machine, and are usually long-lasting. Alternatively, semi-custom covers are similar to ready-made ones but are specifically designed for particular sectional couch models and brands. These sectional covers are ideal for those looking for a more custom fit. If you want a sofa cover that is exactly tailored to fit your sectional couch, a custom-made cover is the one for you. With a custom slipcover, you get to personalize it all you want and choose the fabric, color, and style of your choice! Imagine a sectional couch cover that's comfortable, functional, and perfectly fits with your living room's color scheme. Nevertheless, these customized slipcovers are quite expensive and call for regular maintenance which could be an inconvenience for some.

The features

Waterproof anti-slip box cushion sofa slipcover
Waterproof anti-slip box cushion sofa slipcover

Last but not least, a worthwhile sectional couch cover always comes with a handful of useful features. Considering that sitting on a couch and having the cover constantly slip off is frustrating, the right thing to do would be to grab a slipcover that's slip-proof. If you're a busy parent, student, or just a busy person with a lot on your plate, look no further than a couch cover that's easy to install and easy to maintain. Who would want to carve out extra time out of their jam-packed schedule just to clean their slipcover anyway? Another beneficial feature you count on is reversibility. You'll get two different styles at the price of just one sectional couch cover. Talk about being economical! And the awesome features don't end here! If you've got a household full of kiddos and pets or frequently have guests that stay the night, a cover with antimicrobial properties should definitely be on your shopping list.

Jessica started out as an interior photographer, but her love of pretty settings took her to the field of interior design, where she can combine two of her greatest passions, creating and then capturing the beauty of homes.