An Essential Shopping Guide for the Best (Stylish!) Sofa Slipcovers
Oh, slipcovers. We really like the idea of you (protective, durable, great with kids and pets) but we wish we liked you more. That’s from my one-woman show “Slipcovers: A Journey.” Kidding, but slipcovers can be tricky to implement because their practicality often trumps style—except when a cover looks as good as it functions. In those cases, slipcovers are wonderfully helpful on many levels. I’ve rounded up some of the best options on the market today to help you find slipcovers that are high functioning in both style and practicality.
Bemz offers 250+ washable fabric options specifically designed to cover IKEA pieces, including discontinued models. And what a trip down memory lane their discontinued IKEA options are (or, more aptly, what a trip down losing all sense of time and space for five hours only to reemerge, confused, into the harsh daylight covered in sweat, flat-packed boxes of who knows what, and cinnamon bun frosting. Oh, that’s just me? Sigh.) Anyway! They even have covers for the erstwhile Fågelbo, and remember the Karlanda? And the Nikkala? Me neither, but for anyone who owns an IKEA sofa they would love to revitalize, these covers are worth exploring.
- It should be noted that the Bemz covers are not inexpensive, but could be a smart investment if you’re planning on keeping your IKEA piece for the next few years.
Custom-Works offers customers the chance to create custom slipcovers for their sofas, loveseats, chairs and ottomans (they also have a lot of options geared towards IKEA pieces), which is a great option if you still like the comfort of your current seating but want to freshen up the look. Their product page notes their covers are “affordable…beautiful…unique” and durable—they guarantee their covers will not fall apart after multiple washings, which is great for those of us with kids and pets!
If you’re looking for a classic and long-lasting slipcover, Pottery Barn has a nice selection of covers for a variety of seating models in a range of fabrics at different price points—including some less traditional and bolder options, like a linen blend in pink magenta and grass green.
If you’re looking for an easy, breezy Pottery Barn-style aesthetic at a fraction of the cost, take a look at this linen option from Sure Fit. It’s also available in an indigo blue and neutral sand.
If you’re interested in a slipcover that has the elegant dropcloth look made famous by RH, KARUILU Home’s heavy fabric slipcovers are available in a range of colors and receive high marks for quality and appearance, with lower marks coming in for the cover’s inability to fit properly with certain sofa models (so do some measuring before ordering).
Wayfair in general has a healthy selection of slipcovers, but this design in particular stands out as looking more streamlined and less slipcovery—it also receives great reviews from buyers for looking modern and for bringing new life to older sofas. I can see how this cover could look fabulous dressed up with some colorful accent pillows or elevated with a soft, pretty throw.
Another one from Sure Fit, this machine washable slipcover receives overall very high ratings (rare for any slipcover on Overstock!) for its overall performance—including the velvety appearance, solid fit, and comfort.
In researching slipcovers, I found there are a lot of, how do you say, er, tacky patterns out there. I like this patterned cover because it offers a cheerful pattern (yay to cheerful pattern!) but isn’t so busy that it would completely dominate a room and it remains subtle enough that you could easily add in pillows and additional decor to create your own look with this as a base.
Ok, technically a futon is not a sofa, but it is seating that many of us may have, so it’s nice to see some attractive and durable slipcover options, like this series from LL Bean—available in a variety of patterns. My favorite is the Raven Blue Stripe pictured above, which looks tailored and attractive.
Last but not least, there’s this little out-of-the-way place you may have heard of where they sell seating with changeable covers, it’s called IKEA? Sorry, how could I not slip in a little IKEA slipcover humor? But truly, if you have an IKEA sofa or loveseat and haven’t taken a look at their slipcovers recently, check their site for the current selection of covers that are always affordable, washable, easy to dress up, and like a good friend, usually available.