When choosing between different types of slipcovers for couches and sofas, you will notice that they can come in a huge variety of patterns and fabrics. While deciding on a solid or print is an easy process, picking out the right slipcover fabric is a more difficult process. This is because not all fabrics are created equal and this will ultimately affect its cost, maintenance, and durability.
Below, we will cover all the fabric options available for your sofa:
Cotton is the most common slipcover fabric for couches and for good reason. It’s highly versatile, can come in a huge variety of patterns, and is easy to clean. High quality cotton has a higher fiber count, so be sure to make a note of this when shopping around. Cotton’s only bad qualities are wrinkles after washing and the look. It simply does not look as luxurious as a suede slipcover, which we will cover further down.
Linen is very much like cotton. It is very strong and robust but as with linen clothing, is prone to wrinkling very easily. If your decor has that laid-back look, then linen can be a great choice. If you’re shooting for sleek or modern though, consider other fabrics.
Silk is one that looks and feels luxurious, but in reality don’t wear as well as other fabrics. Besides being hard to clean, silk is not as strong and is therefore better suited for more decorative furniture rather than a slipcover over a couch which is used every day. Even if a manufacturer offers this, it’s best to avoid.
Chenille is a yarn-like fabric that is used often in quilting. Chenille is soft and has a very unique look due to the weaving process and as a slipcover will give your couch an elegant country look.
Twill is a fabric that has diagonal lines in the pattern. As a slipcover for a couch, it is very durable and there are a number of great patterns to choose from. They also have an interesting texture but if you are looking for a smooth look, then twill is not for you.
Denim is actually a specific form of twill fabric and just like your favorite jeans, wear better and better with age. Though denim slipcover color options can be limited, they are easy to wash and last forever.
Suede slipcovers are generally synthetic. They give off a luxurious leather feel without costing nearly as much as they look. These are offered by retailers like Sure Fit and are quite popular because you can easily turn an old cloth couch into a sleek “leather” one. Synthetic suede is smooth and easy to clean and is much more durable than genuine suede and leather.
As you can see, there are a myriad of fabric options you can choose from when shopping slipcovers for couches. Be sure to weigh the benefits and costs of each fabric carefully as it is probably one of the biggest factors during selection.