Affordable, easy-to-use, and available in every color under the sun, the best couch covers are not only surprisingly chic, they’re able to withstand everything from pets with boundary issues to our pandemic-born habit of dining in the living room (we’ll see your red-wine spill and raise you a pizza-oil stain). They’re also the simplest way to reinvent your space—because who can stomach the wait for backordered furniture, delivery delays, or the steep price tags of a new sofa or sectional? And with a slipcover, a white sofa can finally be yours without the stress of keeping it clean. Scroll through our six picks to find the best couch slipcover for you. They’re sure to cover up every eyesore and give your furniture a new lease on life after just one trip to the laundry room.
- Best overall: Comfortworks Pure Linen Sofa Cover
- Best value: Kekou Stretch Sofa Cover
- Best tie-front: Farmhouse Basketweave Sofa Slipcover
- Best loose Fit: So Good Linen Couch Cover
- Best for IKEA: Bemz IKEA Sofa Covers
- Best for pets: Molly Mutt Couch Cover
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
Size: Most couches are roughly 80 inches wide, but can be as short as 75 inches or as long as 90-plus inches. Some covers are designed to fit specific products from brands like IKEA, Pottery Barn, Muji, or West Elm, but you can find universal covers that work for a variety of sizes (typically small, medium, and large) and styles as well. Our advice is to go with a cover that’s slightly bigger than your furniture to avoid having to grapple with the fabric, tucking anything extra into the corners for a smooth, streamlined look.
Material: If you’re trying to avoid the draped sheet look in your grandparents’ living room—or fool guests into thinking you’ve ordered a brand-new piece of furniture—stick with fabrics that not only look good but feel high-end. Skip polyester-and-spandex combos and opt instead for luxurious linen, cotton, velvet, or corduroy.
Comfort: Having to constantly readjust a cover can be annoying, so look for covers that either come in multiple pieces or are held together by zips, ties, or Velcro to keep them in place.
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Comfortworks Pure Linen Sofa Cover
With Comfortworks’s Pure Linen line, DIYer Sara Le finally has the white sofa of her dreams. More than a year after purchasing it, the cover has held up beautifully in her active household. “I have two kids who eat and play on our sofa every day; I can’t get them off of it,” she says. “Spills most definitely happen—I’m talking orange juice, blueberries, hot Cheeto fingers—but I don’t stress about it because I know the cover is washable and so durable. It always comes out bright white all over again!” Her favorite part, though, may be the invisible zippers that prevent sliding.
Best Value: Kekou Stretch Sofa Cover
This magic sofa cover is a bargain for anyone who doesn’t want to bother with multiple pieces of fabric. Sold as one elastic-edged piece, each stretches to fit a variety of shapes—the jacquard-like fabric is available in 20 colorways, and sizes range from small to extra-extra-large—and comes with a foam rod that can be placed between cushions for a smoother look.
Best Tie-Front: Farmhouse Basketweave Sofa Slipcover
This faux linen cover from Target is thick enough to hide even the wildest colors and patterns, and its classic ties work just as well in a new traditionalist’s space with English cottage vibes as a modernist room that’s dominated by clean lines. The only problem? Made with polyester, the basket weave slipcover isn’t quite as breathable as linen, but it’s still worth every penny.
Best Loose Fit: SoGoodLinen Couch Cover
For the furniture equivalent of a Netflix-and-chill session, drape your sofa in this Etsy favorite, which blends sturdy fabric and quality stitching. Available in a range of saturated colors, from olive to mustard, the boho-chic linen coverlet is large enough to fit over both your king bedspread and sofa, yet is a more durable option than just tossing on a throw for the same effect. But don’t just take our word for it: SoGoodLinen is backed by an Oeko-Tex certification and has completed more than a thousand positive sales.
Best for IKEA: Bemz IKEA Sofa Cover
Don’t part ways with your starter sofa just yet. Bemz slipcovers are compatible with 30-plus IKEA models and come in loose and regular fits, as well as a range of fabrics (cotton, linen, velvet, and more) in nearly every color you can think of. Made in Europe to maintain quality and minimize waste, they’re even available in a 100 percent recycled line. And the company just launched new fabrics in teddy, bouclé, and tweed just in time to offer both visual texture and a warm, cozy feel as the temperatures start to drop.
Best for Pets: Molly Mutt Couch Cover
Here’s a quick solution for furry companions that love to sprawl out on the sofa as much as you do. A nonskid backing combines with discreet anchors to keep this cover in place no matter how restless your pooch is. But the biggest draw has to be the no-fuss quilted cotton canvas material, which brushes clean with little effort and can be washed just as easily. Reviewers also rave about the brand’s outstanding customer service, as well as the quality construction.
How do you cover a couch and make it look good?
According to Christina Nydahl, head of brand at Bemz, it’s all about the wiggle. After removing each cushion (and the original fabric, if you can), adjust the opposite sides simultaneously as you pull the cover over the sofa; in other words, don’t cover one side completely before addressing the fit on the other side. “And make sure the seams are aligned to avoid unwanted creases,” advises Nydahl. But for a fit that looks upholstered, it’s best to order a custom-made cover.
How often do you need to wash a sofa slipcover?
At least once a month is ideal, though Le suggests tackling the chore more often. “My favorite thing is to sit on it when it’s fresh, just like hopping into bed with crisp sheets,” she notes. “The cover is usually washed on a cold cycle, and it’s recommended not to tumble dry. But we’re rebels and do it anyway. It comes out perfect every time.” For routine upkeep, it’s best to fluff up your cushions on the daily and vacuum crumbs regularly.
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