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Definition: Slipcover

A slipcover is a removable fabric covering that provides a quick and easy way to reupholster a sofa, chair, or loveseat. Alternately very helpful and endlessly frustrating, slipcovers come in various forms to suit different needs and price points.

The most basic slipcovers are one-piece swaths of fabric that you secure to furniture with ties. However, you can get an even better fit with stretchy fabrics or multi-part slipcovers that allow you to cover the cushions, arms, and back separately.


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TrinityOne TrinityOne 9 years
I *HATE* slipcovers. And I totally agree with pinupsweetheart.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
I agree with everyone above me, I can't seem to see any slip cover that screams "I can't afford a new couch so I threw a sheet with ties over this old piece of ___." LOL
barjar1122 barjar1122 9 years
My parents used to have them to cover old furniture. After constantly re-arranging them, I learned to loathe them!
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
They are only good when you can get one custom made for your chair or couch. My mom had a couch custom slipcovered and you would never know it's a slip cover because it fits so well. The couch was just too comfy to get rid of and she no longer like the fabric.
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 9 years
not a fan either...
BethS BethS 9 years
I have yet to see a slipcover that looks good, they're all too obvious, which makes me think that they're trying to hide something...not a fan.
pargie pargie 9 years
What a coincidence--I'm going shopping later today for fabric to create my own. My sofa has a nontraditional modern t-line shape so I think it's my only route. Plus, I want to use a nice linen and I haven't seen any at that I really dig except for a tweed one which they don't sell anymore (I saw the style for a armchair on the clearance page)...just my luck.
millarci millarci 9 years
I always hated slip covers. My parents used to have them when I was younger and it was awful. Not only did they slip off all the time, but they didn't match (which is another story lol). However, I really like the one in this post, casasugar. It actually looks nice.
MegLahr MegLahr 9 years
I have a slip cover at home that is more trouble then it's worth. but it's cheaper than a new couch so I use it. I'm changing this month to a stretch one that will hopefully be less of a hassel.
mellerbug mellerbug 9 years
Gross. Sorry guys... I have hated and will most likely always hate slipcovers. I have yet to see one that doesn't resemble a potato sack.
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