When it comes to couch covers some of you may think of the ones you used to have or see while you were growing up. You know, the slip covers that you just threw over the couch and would have to straighten every time you got up. I remember having one at home too as our family was never rich and we continued to use our old and worn out sofa until one of the legs broke. Then my dad found a used sofa at a garage sale that was faded and had a couple of holes in it. So we ended up using the same old sofa cover for many more years.
When it came time for my little daughter and I to move out of my parents’ house I found a cheap unfurnished apartment for rent. My mom told me I could have the old couch that i had grown up with, and my dad would just look for another one for them to use. I was happy to have that sofa since it was quite comfortable despite being worn and dirty sofa covers. I would just buy a new couch cover to make it look nice. Having to rearrange it all the time would be a small price to pay.
So my mom and I went through the selection of sofa covers in a major department store catalog. It was a good thing we did that since they actually provided instructions on how to measure your couch to make sure you get the correct size cover. In addition, the type of couch cover you buy would also depend on the arms and back of your couch as well as the style of cushions. Since our sofa had removable cushions I was going to buy a zipped cover for the cushions, and a matching material that could be pulled and tucked into place for the rest of the sofa.
I went to a local furniture store with my measurements and told them I was looking for a couch cover. The clerk told me they had several to choose from, and I was surprised that one of them actually came with an instructional video. The sofa cover happened to be just the kind I was looking for. It consisted of zipped covers for the cushions and a sheet of fabric held in position by plastic rods placed under the cushions. The material came in a variety of colors and patterns, and was stain resistant. I thought that was perfect since my little girl was a heavy weight mess maker. Furniture is expensive. Replacing a couch can really break a budget. Couch covers are a great way to update an older couch and to hide any imperfections. These covers will cost about one tenth of replacing your furniture. A simple cover can dramatically change its look. They can be a quick pick me up for any room.
These can come in a few different styles. There are form fitting types of covers. These form fitting types or tailored types can be ready made of custom made. Usually if one is custom made it is called a slip cover. A slipcover can also be just a large piece of material that is thrown over the couch and then tucked into the cushions to give a more fitted look. They can come in an array of colors and materials. Many slipcovers can be found with other matching accessories for the room like drapes and chair covers.
Purchasing them is relatively simple. Once the decision is made as to whether purchase readymade throws or more form fitting tailored covers the shopping is easy. There are many sources available to purchase from. There are home goods stores, discount stores, linen stores, warehouse discount stores and many smaller stores that sell them. The most expensive option will be to have them handmade. Custom designed slipcovers can cost hundreds of dollars. Custom made covers are made to fit perfectly on the sofa. Custom made ones can be made in any material style and colors. They can also be homemade. Homemade ones can be created from a pattern. Patterns for them are available from any place that sells material and sewing items.
The cost of sofa covers depends on the material that they are made from and where they are purchased. The more luxurious the material is the more they will cost. Those that are purchased through a department store that sells home goods will be more expensive than covers that are purchased through a discount store. Custom made styles will be the most expensive option. Handmade styles will be the least expensive option.