Updated at: 22-11-2022 - By: Helen Skeates

Before you go out and buy a slipcover for your sofa or loveseat. For a slipcover to fit your loveseat, you’ll need to know its dimensions. Especially considering there is a range of loveseat sizes available. Avoid purchasing a slipcover that is either too small or too large for your furniture. The correct fit for your loveseat can only be achieved by careful measurement.

Slipcovers are measured from arm to arm along the outer edge. If you want an accurate width measurement, skip measuring under the seat. You can easily determine the width by measuring the distance between your arms. Determine how high your loveseat is by starting at the bottom and working your way up to its highest point.

Regarding the subject of loveseats. Its total width ranges from 58.1 to 73.9 inches. Measure the distance across the outside of your loveseat’s arms.

Your slipcover for your loveseat can be made to fit in one of two ways. Depending on your preference, you can choose between a looser or more form-fitting cut. A covering with a maximum height of 36 inches will fit your loveseat with ease. To achieve the desired form-fitting effect, its height should be between 30 and 40 inches.

What is the difference between a relaxed fit and a form fit?

The loose-fitting slips were designed to be more comfortable and easy to wear, with the added benefit of being able to tie or fasten the covering to achieve a unique silhouette. The stretchy material of the form-fit slipcovers may be pulled in any direction to conform to the shape of your furniture. Smart seam details and elasticized bottoms are the result of the re-papered, tailored aesthetics.

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What is a slipcover?

A slipcover is an easily removable protective cover for your furniture. Commonly, the cover is called a “loose cover.” Typically, slipcovers are constructed of a washable fabric that may be discarded after use, transported, or stored away for the off-season.

4 Home Benefits of Using Slipcovers

1. Easy to Clean

Slipcovers for sofas and blankets for pet beds make cleanup a breeze, whereas the real deal can be a pain. Simply take them off and throw them in the washing machine. You can just throw them in the wash whenever there is a spill or the dog hair accumulates to an unacceptable level. No need to clean your sofa with a vacuum and shampoo, or to try to squeeze your dog’s bed into the washing machine.

2. They’re Decorative

Slipcovers are a fantastic option for giving your home a brand new look quickly and easily. There are a variety of themed sets available for the living room that can be easily swapped out for something else whenever the mood strikes. The covers can be easily switched from a flowery to a geometric style. You can reuse your current pillows by purchasing pillowcases instead of brand new ones.

3. Easy to Use

Sofa slipcovers and other types of covers are simple to put on and take off. They are made to slip on and off your furniture with ease. They should fit without any hassle, and you shouldn’t have to worry about taking them off to clean them.

4. Blend Mismatched Furniture

The couches in our home were either hand-me-downs from relatives or found in second-hand stores. This can lead to furniture that doesn’t go together very well and ruins the aesthetic of your home. Slipcovers are a great way to bring your mismatched furniture together.

With a slipcover, you can hide your furniture’s flaws and forget about the rest of your problems. They streamline the process of keeping the living space neat and attractive. You can acquire a wide variety of designs and colors to enjoy the fun of redecorating your home whenever you wish.

How do you use leather chairs and slipcovers and furniture covers?

I suggest protecting the furniture with non-skid rug padding. When done thus, the cover won’t slide about on the leather’s smooth surface. Ideally, your slipcover wouldn’t start slipping after just one use. If you do not wish to permanently tuck your slipcover under the sofa, a non-skid rug is a good investment.

Will slipcovers match for loose back pillows for furniture?

Slipcovers and throw pillows will fit your furniture properly if the dimensions are within the norms. Just keep in mind the slipcover instructions for a loveseat, and don’t forget to account for the cushions. Adjust the look by removing or adding cushions as desired.

How do I remove the wrinkles on the slipcover?

Remove the cover from the washing machine once it is finished and then place it straight on the furniture to avoid creases. If you ironed it before putting it away, all you have to do is toss it in the dryer with a damp cloth for ten minutes to remove the wrinkles. When instructed to dry flat, please do not use a dryer. There is also a portable steamer if you need one.

How To Measure Slipcovers

Can the slipcovers suit the thin or wooden arms of the furniture?

With a little creativity, slipcovers can be made to fit over virtually any piece of furniture with skinny arms. You can get inexpensive polyester bats to use as wrapping material at a craft store. Use a secure fastener, such string or Velcro. They’re hidden away safely under your duvet.

May I blend various fabrics onto the loveseat and balance them?

It’s true that no two living rooms are cut from the same cloth. With the help of a skilled decorator, a living room can look amazing when different shapes and textiles are combined. Alternately, you may always complement your loveseat’s fabric with another, such as a throw blanket or an extra pillow. This will enhance the visual appeal of your living space by giving it more depth and texture.

What if my measurements are in between two sizes?

A greater size should be chosen in this scenario. If the slipcover is too big for your loveseat, you can make it work by tucking it in very well.

How do I blend the lines between my cushions?

To achieve a clean, finished look on the face and under the cushion, begin wrapping the polyester bathing from behind the cushion.

How is extra fabric best for tucking?

If you use an extra piece of fabric and a tucking tool, you can repair cracks in wooden furniture. This is readily available for purchase on the Internet. It’s a tool made specifically for tucking materials that would be difficult to do by hand. Instead of having to manually tuck the fabric into place on your loveseat, you can utilize this. It will look nicer and save you time.

How do I get a special slipcover with different seat cushions?

Place one cushion in the slipcover’s upper right hand corner. Place the other coil in the upper left corner, then stack more covers in the upper middle. To secure the cover, use your right hand to pull the zipper to the right.

How Long Will My Slipcover Last?

1. Choose a tightly woven denim, canvas, linen or hemp fabric in a weight that matches the function of your slipcover.

  • Minimalist in bulk, just 7 ounces (sometimes known as “drapery weight”). Fits well on slipcovers that won’t be used often and washed seldom.
  • An 8- to 10-ounce weight is suitable for slipcovers that see occasional use but not too much dirt.
  • The best choice for high-traffic slipcovers that need to be washed every few months is a heavy weight, 12-ounce fabric. This is an excellent choice for families with children and/or animals.
  • Cotton duck made with two ply yarns is considered to be of heavy duty weight #12 (11.5 ounces). The width of this #12 weight canvas is woven with twice as many strands as the weight suggests. Denser and more tightly woven than standard 12 ounce canvas. Can be used to create a sturdy, long-lasting slipcover that can be washed multiple times a year without showing signs of wear.

2. Have realistic expectations about your fabric’s performance and longevity.

Just because a fabric can be washed and dried repeatedly does not guarantee it will last forever.

Keep in mind that a washable slipcover will behave similarly to other items made from natural fibers, such as your favorite pair of denim jeans, canvas cargo shorts, or a set of cotton sheets and towels, in the laundry and over time.

If you use bleach frequently and your pets sit on the furniture, you can anticipate some stains, fading, shrinking, possibly a few split seams, and definitely thread bare patches.

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3. Extend the life of your slipcover with proper care.

How well you care for your slipcover will determine not only how long it will last but also how well it will resist the many types of wear it will experience. For the best outcomes, try the following:

  • If you want to prevent the fabric from shrinking once you’ve started making your slipcover, you should preshrink it.
  • When cleaning your slipcover, do so in a cold water cycle in the washing machine. Put the load in the dryer and set the temperature to warm. Avoid over-drying. It’s best if you keep the temperature down. Bring your slipcover in from the dryer while it’s still damp to prevent wrinkles. Let it air out on the furniture.
  • The use of chlorine bleach should be avoided. Natural fibers degrade or get weakened over time. Choose an alternative that doesn’t include chlorine, such as OxyClean, for a more secure cleaning experience.
  • You should stay away from optical whiteners in laundry detergents. As a rule, they diminish hue intensity.
  • Always try any stain-fighting or removing products on a hidden area of your cleaned fabric before using them on your slipcover. Fabric discoloration is a real risk with some products.
  • To prevent soiling and wear on your slipcover, use arm coverings.


This FAQ and detailed explanation should answer any and all concerns you may have about sizing your loveseat for a slipcover. Slipcovers can transform the look of your furniture, but it’s important to get the right fit by carefully measuring each piece. This will be a cost- and labor-effective solution.