When Will and I moved into our current apartment last December, my sister graciously gifted us her couch. This couch is amazing- sturdy, comfy, pretty, big enough to seat four people who really like each other comfortably, and it has stood the test of time with her kids and is therefore indestructible. It’s everything you could want in a couch.
Our current living room set up:
The problem is, though this is a great, classic couch, it’s a dark sage-y green color. This color looked lovely in my sister’s home with her more ‘English manor’ style. It’s just not really my style, and I find myself decorating around it. I like lots of white with bright pops of color, and this seems to clash with just about everything I own or want to buy. We’ve discussed buying a new couch, but Will’s one decor dream is to have a sectional, and for that to happen we’d like to be in a house and that’s still a few years away (the Austin housing market is no joke). I could get couch professionally slipcovered, but that is probably going to come close to the cost of a smaller couch that we would probably just sell in a few years when we upgraded to the sectional. So… a slipcover it the main option at the moment.
In an ideal world, I would buy a white slipcover. I had a white Ikea Ektorp couch and loveseat in my apartments as a single person, and when Will and I got married and moved into our first
shoebox apartment, only the loveseat fit. Let me say that one more time: for a year, we watched movies, read books, and did all of our lounging on an Ikea loveseat. This loveseat now sits in our master bedroom looking comically doll house tiny and doing a fantastic job of holding our clean laundry. But it was our bottom’s world for a year.
For a lot of reasons, a white slipcover is not going to happen for this couch- for one thing, white slipcovers are really hard to find. For another thing, I know you can take them off and wash them but will I? When I had our ikea couches, I washed them maybe once a year and by “I” I might actually mean my roommate. We had a famous ambiguous stain incident where a substance (likely coffee) was spilled all over a cushion at a girl’s night. We flipped the cushion over. Then another substance was spilled on the other side (likely wine). We went to flip the cushion over again, realized that was our solution to the first stain and finally washed them. I have aged since this incident, but I wouldn’t say I am open to washing slipcovers as often as they probably need to be washed to keep from getting dingy. Twice a year, maybe. I categorize light colored or taupe slipcovers with white, as they are all equally likely to be stained and then not washed. So, ideally this slipcover would be either a lovely gray color or a lovely gray color.
What’s most important to me with this purchase:
1. How it looks (obviously). I had a store bought slipcover on loveseat when I moved into my first apartment and if you so much looked at that thing it got messed up. It was constantly wrinkled and untucked and a royal pain in the a**. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I also don’t want something that looks like I’ve forced my couch into a sausage casing, or that looks like I’ve thrown an old sheet over my couch.
2. How it feels … we use our couch a lot, so if the fabric is funky or hot or itchy, it’s a no go. I am super sensitive to fabric, and Will is super sensitive about the couch in general, so this is a biggie: suede, velvet (though very trendy, makes me gag), corduroy and pure spandex are out for me on this basis.
3. How often I have to mess with it. You heard about the loveseat. Not again.
After extensive internet research, I have come up with the three option below. Surprisingly, I found the most limiting factor to be color. Almost every slipcover I looked at came in a black, green and red option. You know, the basic neutrals everyone wants. BLACK. Gray, white, and cream seemed to be in seriously short order.
- What it’s made out of: 94% Polyester/6% Spandex
- Cost: $112 with free shipping (Surefit is currently running a 20% off sale)
- It’s two pieces, which usually makes for a less sloppy fit
- I *think* it’s the same fabric as our current couch, so I wouldn’t have to worry about texture issues.
- I found a few reviews on Wayfair and Target for similar products that seemed favorable.
- I mean, that picture looks nice.
- The care instructions say you can’t iron it… or maybe that’s a pro? I just don’t want it to be wrinkly.
- It’s navy, which, I love navy, but I really want a gray or neutral color. There were other colors, but I didn’t particularly like any of them- but that could also be the screen?
- Reviews are super limited for this one so it feels like more of a gamble.
- What it’s made out of: 100% polyester
- Cost: $112 with free shipping (Surefit is currently running a 20% off sale!)
- I like the color
- I could potentially buy it at Target online and return it in store, which just always feel safer than buying from a website where I will have to pay some kind of shipping fee to return it.
- Reviews on Target.com say that it pills quickly
- It’s not fitted- so I would probably need to buy the grips from the Surefit site (another $40) to get it to stay put.
- It’s one piece, which makes me suspicious about how it plans on staying in place.
- What it’s made out of: 97% polyester/3% spandex
- Cost: $88.94 and Free Shipping
- Elastic corners (genius!) for a better fit.
- Reviewers say that the fabric is soft, and it stays in place well.
- A lot of people have posted pictures of their sofa, and it looks pretty good!
- I mean, it’s the cheapest…
- Reviews suggest that it’s thin material and attracts lint.
- Some reviewers also seem to have had trouble with it falling apart quickly… I seem to accelerate the aging process on most everything I own, so this could be a very valid concern for me.
So… which one should I pick? Any experiences with slipcovers to share, positive or negative? Will says they aren’t worth the money, but I keep going back and forth- should I just wait and sock the slipcover money away for our (someday) sectional?