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Complete guide for sofas with sliding covers | Julie Blanner

If you love the look of casual white sofas with slipcover, this guide is for you! Get the ins and outs of this casual elegant look.

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No matter the style of your home or your budget, you are sure to find the perfect sofa with removable covers! Read on for all the details.

I have long loved the look of white sofas with slipcover. There’s just something about the comfortable, easy and relaxed look of them that I love!

We have embraced two different looks between our St. Louis Tudor and our Table Rock Lake Cottage. One home is a little more traditional and the other is more modern. But our love for white sofas with slip-covers works in both homes!

In fact, this sofa style can work with many styles of home. Whether your home is casual, eclectic, formal or a farmhouse, there is a sofa with slipcover out there for you.

At one point, slipcovers were sold as loose-fitting, sloppy fabric covers to remake your existing sofa. Not anymore! Now you can buy a sofa with slipcover with the charming, relaxed feeling you love, in a style you can preserve for many years to come.

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A white living room with two white sofas

Sofas with sliding covers

What is a sofa with slipcover? The term slipcover generally refers to a piece of furniture that comes with a removable cover to protect the upholstery.

Most sofas with slipcover are skirt to the floor so no legs show up. White slipcovers are a timeless look, but you can order upholstery furniture in virtually any color or fabric type.

We have several versions of this sofa style between our two homes! We have a classic, affordable Ikea Ektorp sofa and an Ikea section sofa by the lake (unfortunately I think the section is out).

In our St. Louis home, we have a slightly more elevated look, with a sofa in both our living room and family room. Learn more about ours Pottery Barn sofa here and ours sofa in linen here.

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A bright white living room with a white upholstered sofa and light blue pillows

Why you will love it

  • So easy to clean – just throw the cover in the sink. Some can also be cleaned!
  • Actually read my guide to How to design and maintain a clean house. There is plenty of good information on how a white sofa helps us keep things clean.
  • Look dirty, remove dirt! That’s my philosophy. Just because your sofa is dark, does not mean it is not dirty … on the contrary, actually.
  • Only replace the covers if necessary over time.
  • Change easily with the seasons or when your style changes.

One of the things I love most about this look is that all it takes is a simple change of throw pillow cases to make it look brand new! A white sofa with slipcover is the perfect backdrop for any accent color you would like to bring into your home.

A white living room with two white sofas

What to consider: Pros and cons

  • Dyes for clothes – Yes, jeans and dark fabrics can leave a blue tint on your white sofa with slipcover. In our case, it generally washes clean, but that’s something to consider!
  • Washing of Slipcovers – It can be a pain, that’s right. While it’s not my favorite to wash them, I feel it’s worth knowing that our sofa is fresh and clean.
  • Replace the slip covers – Again, this is something we rarely need to do, thankfully. But when it’s time, get ready for some workouts! However, the reward is worth the sweat equity for our family.

Tips

  • Quality is often in line with price. For example, down-wrapped pillows will be available at higher price levels.
  • Keep the fabric itself in mind – not all slipcover fabrics are created equal either. Some fabrics are designed to be more stain resistant from the start!
  • Stain clean in between washing your covers. We swear to Folex – It’s a game changer!

A white living room with two white sofas

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