Changing sofa covers and armchair covers can breathe new life into your favourite furniture and spruce up the atmosphere in an entire space. Not only do couch covers act as a decor element, but they also help keep your sofa's condition intact over the long haul. Protect your precious furniture and browse our extensive array of easy-to-clean sofa covers below!
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When buying a couch cover, it's important to take measurements of your living room furniture, so that you're buying a fabric that fits the size of it. Measure the length of your sofa from one outer arm to another, then measure the depth from the front of the couch to the back. Finally, measure the height from the floor to the top of your seat cushions. Note whether the cushions are square or if they wrap around the arms of the sofa. Choose a one-piece design that slips on and off with ease.
In terms of colour, choose a slipcover in a natural shade such as grey, cream, or brown to provide a neutral backdrop for a more colourful décor. Neutral shades are also suitable for small houses or studio apartments as they help create an illusion of spaciousness. Of course, you can also choose bold colours like maroon, emerald, or navy blue if you're more into modernistic designs or want to protect against prominent stains left by liquid or food crumbs. To add an extra dimension to your living space, you can look for a couch cover with a subtle design or texture.
Cotton is a great choice for chair and sofa slipcovers because it's a light, natural fabric and is machine washable. Cotton slipcovers are generally soft to touch and add a casual feel to the room, and most people like cotton because it is highly breathable and durable.
In general, canvas, cotton duck, denim and twill blends are by far the most common choices for slipcovers. They are very durable and can be easily washed at home.
Avoid heavy-duty and thick fabrics chenille and velvet as they don't conform well to the shape of your furniture. While silk and wool provide a sophisticated touch to your furniture, both fibres won’t last long, and when it comes to cleaning them, they can only go through the "dry clean" cycle to remain in good condition.
What are sofa covers called?
Sofa covers are also called slipcovers (also known as loose cover), a fitted protective cover that may be slipped off and on a piece of upholstered furniture. Slipcovers are usually made of cloth and they slip on and off, they come fresh and may be removed for seasonal change, cleaning, moving, or storage.
Can I take the covers off my couch and wash them?
Read the care instruction label on your sofa cover. If your fabric tag says that the fabric can be machine washed, you can unzip the cover and remove it from the cushion. Wash it on a gentle cycle in cold water with a mild detergent. Be sure it is completely dry before you put the cushion back on your couch.
How often should you wash your sofa covers?
To ensure that a clean and beautiful sofa is free of germs, it's recommended that we wash the covers every 3 – 6 months. Generally, it's too impractical to be washing them every month or so, but if dirt gets accumulated for too long it will be hard to clean as well.
Drying the upholstery fabric is important and requires careful instruction. Avoid putting a slipcover into a dryer because it can shrink or its colour will fade, even if it washes just fine. Put it on the tumble dry or fluff setting to dry but not shrink it. Alternatively, you can also allow it to air dry. When drying in the sun, do make sure to turn your sofa covers inside out to retain their colours.
Does IKEA sell sofa covers?
Yes, IKEA offers sofa covers in a vast variety of colours, sizes, patterns and styles. Their sofa covers are available for 2-seat sofas, 3-seat sofas, 3-seat sofa beds, and armchairs.