How to Choose a Sofa Cover

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Whether you are looking for a way to protect your sofa from small children and pets or simply want a whole new look to your boring, old sofa, sofa covers are a perfect solution. From vibrant colors to luxurious designs, choosing the best sofa cover can change the look of your living room in an instant.

However, choosing the right cover for your sofa can be the difference between improving the style of your home to making it look worse than before. Below are our easy-to-follow guide about choosing the best sofa cover for your home.

Type of cover

The type of cover you need depends on how you use the furniture. If you have pets like dogs or cats, you need a durable cover that can protect your sofa from stains, scratches, and spills.

Type of Fabric

There is a wide range of fabrics to choose from for your sofa. The right choice will depend on how you often use it and the style of your home.

Some of the best fabrics are:


Cotton has high durability, breathable, and hypoallergenic, which makes it suitable for people with sensitive skin. Cotton is a great cover for everyday use.

Although machine washable, cotton wrinkles easily and can give it an untidy appearance. It also tends to soak up spills quickly, which puts your sofa at risk of developing stains or odors unless it has a waterproof coating.


Linen has the highest durability of all fabrics, and it can resist abrasion and pilling. It also has a high resistance to mold and mildew, which is perfect for homes with high humidity.

But like cotton, linen wrinkles easily. It also makes it more difficult to find the right cover for your sofa as it offers very little stretch. Linen also needs extra care and maintenance, as it is prone to shrinking.


Velvet is super soft and can add a luxurious appeal in your home in an instant. Unlike other fabrics, velvet does not have raised weaves or loose threads, making it ideal for homes with pets as it is difficult to get snagged. The material has a flat pile similar to a rug, making it highly durable.

How to Measure for a Sofa Cover?

Start by measuring the width of your sofa from the outside of one arm to the other—the measure from the floor to the highest point of the backrest. Finally, measure the width and depth of the seat cushions.

Features to Look for in a Sofa Cover

Non-slip bottom and other features to keep the sofa covers in place. You wouldn't want these covers to slip out of your sofa; otherwise, you'll lose its style and protection factor. Look for a sofa cover that has silicone, non-slip bottom with multiple straps to keep the cover in place.

Waterproof layers are a big plus, especially if you have pets to protect your sofa from spills and stains.

Side pockets are a great feature to have to keep your space organized and items within easy reach.

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