Remember the days of plastic covered furniture at your Grandma’s house? Lifting up your legs to “unstick” yourself? Agh! Thank goodness those plastic sofa cover days are over!
Unfortunately the same problems are still here…our brand new sofas, couch, ottomans, and chairs all suffer spills, dust, fading, and wear from use. Granted, with new stain resistant technology and fade prevention, we have a leg up our Grandparents did not.
Still, sofas fray, wear down, and years of spills leave most of our furniture looking a little rough around the edges. So today I’m sharing 10 Stylish Ways to Cover Your Furniture (Or Protect It)…
#1. Throws & Quilts
Whether tucked in or folded on top, a quilt or throw can protect against spills, wear and tear, or even hide it in an older sofa! Not to mention the style and texture it adds to the sofa as it becomes its own design accessory.
#2. Stain Resistant Spray
While this isn’t technically a furniture cover, it IS highly effective! Don’t assume every piece you buy automatically has stain resistant fabric. If you bought it with a high level of stain resistance, you probably paid a pretty penny for it. Or you purchased a warranty with a stain clause in it. But if that wasn’t part of the purchase, you may want to consider using a stain resistant upholstery spray to help protect your pretty new piece.
#3. Fitted Slip Covers
It is usually better to buy a couch that comes with a custom slipcover for that high-end tailored style. It’s much like the difference of wearing clothing tailored to you versus wearing one-size-fits-all. If you can find a piece of furniture you love that comes with a slipcover option, definitely spring a little extra for the cover!
#4. Box Cushion Slipcover (Non Fitted)
These are a little different from your custom or all-purpose slipcovers that your sofa wears like a jacket. These are grippy protective covers you drape over the seat, arms, and seat of the sofa.
#5. Furs, Rug Hide, & Sheepskins
Wool blankets, furs, and faux sheepskins are great when you want to protect a seat from wearing out when there is constant use. It is stylish, but keeps the upholstery of a seat from wearing out.
Obviously it can’t be washed (only spot cleaned), so it isn’t great for an area you regular bring food or drink. However it is a fantastic solution for preventing wear or sun fade while adding style!
#6. Sheets & Drop Cloth
You don’t often think of drop cloth or a sheet sofa cover as an element of style, but this space just goes to show that this laid back look can be hot!
#7. Hand-Knotted Cotton Rugs & Tapestries
Gorgeous vintage-look tapestries and even thin rugs/mats that look more like a tapestry than a rug can make a great sofa cover! You probably already chose it for it’s great design, so jazz up that plain couch with a great piece.
This can be a great way to bring pops of color, texture, and design into your home.
#8. Cushion Pad / Sleeping Mat
If your sofa is suffering from a little wear and it’s losing it’s seat comfort, adding a second top cushion might be the solution you are looking for.
Thin French or Japanese style mat rolls also work wonderfully to protect the seat of a bench, ottoman, chair, or act as a sofa cover.
Your beautiful pieces of furniture are an investment, you should protect them! What are your favorite sofa cover ideas?