January 20, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About Slipcovered Furniture

Coastal Home Blog

The definition of a true classic is work of art of recognized and established value, something that will never go out of style, which is the perfect way to describe our slipcovered furniture. The choices however can be overwhelming and daunting. Many companies throw their products at you without informing you or truly help you find exactly what you're looking for you. We are here to change that. Read on to learn everything you need to know about .


Slipcovered furniture is a timeless classic and works in almost every home imaginable. Whether you are looking for an elegant sofa, a casual couch, or something versatile and durable there’s a slipcovered sofa for you. At Our Boat House we offer unique coastal style while keeping comfort as the number one priority to give you an outstanding value, at the right price. We pride ourselves in the professional expertise for each slipcovered sofa, chair, headboard or other product sold, which is why we’ve outlined some common questions and concerns about slipcovered fabric products.



What is Slipcovered Furniture?

Slipcovered Furniture never goes out of style - it combines both traditional and modern furniture products made with a muslin base that is draped with a fitting slipcover made out of a variety of fabric options that is specifically cut and sewn to perfectly fit the frame.


Benefits of Slipcovered Furniture

Easy Care & Cleaning

It is a no brainer to go the slipcover route if you’re looking for something that can be early cleaned and cared for. Slipcovers can be easily be removed and washed. Many of our fabrics are preached so you don’t have to worry about shrinkage. We recommend taking the slipcovers out of the dryer while still damp and place them on the furniture to eliminate wrinkles and for best results. You can wash the slipcovers in your home washing machine or they can be professionally laundered. Some fabrics require professional cleaning and/or dry cleaning determined by the content and whether it is pre-washed. So when selecting the fabric be sure to keep these factors in mind. Many of our customers buy two slipcovers at the initial purchase which makes it easy to take one set off and have another fresh set to put on. We offer a special discount when ordering a second slipcover with the initial slipcovered furniture purchase to allow our customers easy care and also an option for different color or fabric for seasonal changes.


Endless Styles & Designs

The size, height and angle of the arm, the depth and height of the sofa, the style and type of cushions and the fit of the slipcover. The arm height, size and angle is a personal preference based on style and feel. The depth and height of the slipcovered furniture is selected based on the customers height and the foreseen use of the sofa. The type of cushions can be either standard high density foam which is comfortable and holds it’s shape, down cushions which are made of high density foam surrounded with a duvet casing filled with down or some collections have an extra firm cushion to accommodate customers with back issues. The cushion options are whether there are two or three cushions, whether they are straight cushions, t-cushion or bench seat cushion. The back cushion options are box back, rounded back or throw pillows. The fit of the slipcover is more about the style the more fitted is cleaner and simpler whereas the looser fit has a more “shabby chic” look. In between the two is most popular and will never look dated. The most popular that is tried and true to coastal style is the classic rolled arm slipcovered furniture covered in a warm white duck cotton slipcover with eco-down cushions. The next most popular is the track arm in a bleached white denim slipcover which again has the same variations to pick from as listed above based on the customers style and needs.


Custom Fabric Options

Any of our slipcovered furniture can be customized and order with C.O.M (customer owned material) Typically this raises the cost significantly but it allows for the customer to customize their own piece of slipcovered furniture that will likely never be seen elsewhere.


Unmatched Comfort

Bathing suits, sandy feet and wet dogs welcome! Slipcovered furniture was made for comfort with relaxed coastal living in mind. Washable slipcovered furniture is kid and pet friendly making it stress free and a joy to live with. The classic rolled arm slipcovered sofa is the perfect place to curl up for an afternoon nap, read a book and can also serve as a great spare bed for guests.


Sunroom & Outdoor Capable

The trend is to bring the outdoors in and the indoors out, making your home much larger and a great place for entertaining and gatherings. Indoors - slipcovered furniture can be done in denim cottons for easy use or sunbrella fabric for higher traffic homes. Outdoors and sunrooms can be furnished to look like another entire living area with slipcovered furniture made for the elements. Outdoor slipcovered furniture allows for water to run through the cushions and frame, the cushions are made to withstand mold and mildew and slipcovers are made from durable stain and fade resistant fabrics.


Surprisingly Affordable

The variety of styles, fabrics and cushions offers a wide range of pricing option that can be customized to fit any budget. The beauty of purchasing slipcovered furniture is the fact that the base furniture itself can last a lifetime and when the slipcover gets worn or stained you can simply order a new slipcover that will fit just as beautifully as the first one and you basically will have brand new furniture.


About Slipcovered Fabric

Most Popular - Cotton, Linen, Sunbrella


  • Denim slipcovered furniture fabric: Denim is the most popular fabric for slipcovered furniture. Denim is heavier in weight making it extremely durable, comfortable and washable. Denim slipcovers are like a pair of jeans the more you wash them the more comfortable they get. Denim is available in white, natural and blue denim.
  • Cotton slipcover fabric: 100% cotton is also a very popular fabric for slipcovers. Pre-Washed cotton doesn’t shrink, it is very comfortable to the touch and is easy to clean.
  • Sunbrella Sofa: Acrylic fabric made to withstand outdoor elements has become a top choice for indoors for homes with heavy traffic. The fabric is both fade and stain resistant while still being soft and comfortable making it a great choice.
  • Linen slipcovered furniture fabric: Pre-washed linens are the best option when you want that relaxed California look. Linen slipcovers have a beautiful way of covering the frame effortlessly with a natural flow and still user friendly and washable.
  • Outdoor / pet friendly slipcover fabric - Sunbrella, Outdura and High Performance fabrics are all great choices when it comes to outdoor and kid and pet friendly slipcover fabrics. These are all the best when easy care is of the utmost importance.


Slipcovered Fabric Colors:

By far the most popular color for slipcovered furniture is white. There are many variations of white to select from and you can’t go wrong with anyone - whether it be a warm white or a bleached white or somewhere in between. Next most popular are neutrals-linen and natural followed by a variety of blues from a warm coastal palette to a navy to bring in a touch of nautical.


Popular Slipcover Fabric Colors:

Whites Neutrals Blues Greys Reds


Slipcovered Furniture Themes & Styles:

Slipcovered style furniture is so versatile in style, shapes and sizes and it can fit many different themes. So whatever your space is there is a place for slipcovered furniture. There are several slipcovered themes and styles to choose from:

Apartment / Small:

In many cases a slim track arm slipcovered sofa is perfect for apartment style living. It gives a stylish look in a small space while offering comfort and versatility. It also keeps the space feeling light and airy. Shabby Chic: Slipcovered furniture is the essence of “shabby chic”. Relaxed, cozy, eclectic yet stylish and it is the best element for creating a home that is warm, welcoming and makes you want to cuddle up and never leave your spot on your favorite slipcovered sofa. Cottage: A cozy slipcovered sofa is a must have to add to your collection of coastal cottage furniture. It is the center point of the home. Every great cottage exudes the feeling of family gatherings, history and relaxation. There is no better way than to start with the most important piece - a comfy, down filled, white, oversized slipcovered sofa. Modern: Who said slipcovered sofas aren’t modern? Our South Beach collection offers and other contemporary coastal furniture. Modern is about clean lines and simplicity. The South Beach Slipcovered sofa is low and luxe modern with exposed square polished stainless steel legs. It is the perfect choice for the modern home while still being great for stretching out or providing seating for several. Classic /


Even with the many different styles of slipcovered furniture, it always remains classic, timeless and never trendy. Slipcovered furniture can also be traditional but in a way that is not dated and old world as traditional can many times be. It can be mixed with other pieces, and works well with dark woods, antiques or weathered woods making it the best option for both classic and traditional living spaces. Outdoor: The trend is to bring the outdoors in and by adding slipcovered outdoor furniture to your outdoor space you are creating an extension of your home. Outdoor slipcovered furniture is made to withstand harsh elements and has fabric that is both stain and fade resistant.


Slipcovered Furniture Collections:

We have several to choose from. Each collection offers something unique and special from the other. All collections are manufactured in the U.S.A and support quality manufacturing, exceptional customer service while keeping the environment in mind. We are here to help you decide which collection is right for you simply call us today!


Types of Slipcovered Products: Slipcovered Sofas, Chairs, Benches, Beds, Ottomans and more

In the past slipcovered furniture was limited to dining chairs, sofas and swivel gliders. Today the functionality, style and versatility has expanded the slipcovered look to many different types of furniture. Today you can find slipcovered furniture in every room of the house including outdoors living spaces.

Slipcovered Sofas & Sectionals: and sectionals are the perfect focal point in every living room where family and friends gather to relax and enjoy time together. are commonly used in great rooms and media rooms as they offer the most seating. Sectionals can be configured in many different ways and can be built to fit the space of any size room. One of our favorite features of the slipcovered sectional is the addition of a chaise on one end or even both ends of the sectional so you can put your feet up and really relax. Some prefer slipcovered sofas over the sectional as the corner seat with the arm is a favorite spot and two sofas allow for a table in between. Whatever your preference we are here to assist in designing the best configuration for your space and your lifestyle.


Slipcovered Chairs & Chaises: , such as swivel gliders and chaises and armchairs can be incorporated in every room of the house. The variety of sizes, styles and fabric options make them a great option for the living room, master bedroom or even the office. Slipcovered swivel gliders are most popular and perfect for a sitting area in groups of four or as a single in the nursery. The oversized slipcovered chaise is an all time favorite and the best seat of the house perfect for lounging and watching TV or snuggling up to read a book and room enough for two!


Slipcovered Benches & Ottomans: Benches and are great for optimizing seating at a dining table and also popular for an entry where you can sit to remove shoes. Slipcovered ottomans are available in many sizes and shapes and can even serve as storage. A slipcovered ottoman is a must have with a swivel glider to put your feet up and can also be used as a coffee table with a decorative tray as a style statement.


Slipcovered Beds & Headboards: and headboards offer a great alternative to the traditional hard wood headboard and footboard. The underlying base is soft and covered in muslim offering a comfortable place to sit up and lean against. The decorative slipcover can be made in a fabric of your choice bringing your style and color or keep it simple with our most popular whites in linen or cotton.


Outdoor Slipcovered Furniture: Aesthetics of your outdoor spaces is becoming as important, if not more important than that of your indoor space. It’s proven that spending time outdoors with nature is good for your health. Why not make this area as special as the indoors? is the perfect answer to accomplish this goal. The options are endless in size, configuration, style and color. Outdoor slipcovered furniture is extremely comfortable, made to withstand the elements and creates a welcoming environment that you and your guests will want to relax and enjoy.


What's the Difference Between Furniture Slipcovers vs. Slipcovered Furniture?

There is no comparison in furniture that is manufactured with slipcovers made for the frame to furniture that is upholstered and a generic slipcover is bought to cover the sofa. We have requests constantly from customers who have furniture that is close to our furniture dimension to sell them slipcovers only for their furniture. The answer is alway a no. The reason is that a professional slipcover is made to fit a specific frame and it will never look right on a frame that varies in any way. We highly recommend that if you want slipcovered furniture you buy from a manufacturer that builds the frame and makes the slipcover to fit and keeps the pattern so that you can always buy in the future making your purchase a wise investment. If you are set on slipcovering furniture that is not manufactured for slipcovers the only option in our professional opinion is to hire a local seamstress to custom make the slipcover. Typically the cost is not much less than buying a new slipcovered piece which you can easily get new slipcovers in the future so in the end a better investment. What about Fabric Slipcovers? Furniture covers such as sofas slipcovered from generic slipcovers really don’t compare to actual designer slipcovered fabric cushions. Having to “tuck-in the sofa” every time you get up can quickly become old and tiresome. Additionally, the lower quality fabric, that allows it to be affordable, will start to fade and show signs or wear.


Slipcovered Fabric FAQ & Common Questions

Can you wash slipcovered fabric? People who buy slipcovered furniture do so because they want the look, the comfort and equally important is the worry-free lifestyle that it affords. Many slipcovered fabrics are machine washable for this reason. The fabric is pre-washed prior to manufacturing the slipcover so there is no worry about shrinkage. Sunbrella fabrics are also a great option and these fabrics are extremely durable, washable and both stain and fade resistant. There are also many fabrics to choose from that are not washable but can be easily dry cleaned and/or professionally cleaned depending on the fabric content.

Is slipcovered fabric kid friendly? Slipcovered furniture is the perfect choice for a family with children of any age. The ease of removing the slipcovers and laundering makes for no stress living. Let the kids be kids and know that the proper slipcover fabric choice is the key for longevity. Additional slipcovers can also be purchased for about half the price any time in the future for as long as you own the slipcovered furniture.

Does slipcovered furniture wear out or fade? Slipcovered furniture made in the USA is held to a much higher standard than those made overseas. We highly recommend choosing your slipcovered furniture with this in mind. Slipcovered furniture made with hard woods, corner blocks, double doweled and sinuous springs are vital keys in the quality and durability of the furniture. Eco-friendly products are also key factors in the quality and durability of the furniture. The key to comfort is the content and density of the cushion so be sure to understand the type of cushion and it’s contents that you are purchasing. Slipcovers should be made with quality workmanship, reinforced seams and quality fabrics to ensure a long lasting durable product. Products in the made in the USA have strict quality assurance programs in place to ensure the end product is of best quality. The best of fabrics are subject to fading when in a room with sunlight. If sunlight and fading is a concern we would recommend having the slipcover made in an acrylic fabric such as Sunbrella or Outdura.

Can slipcovered furniture go outside? Outdoor slipcovered patio furniture with bright colors withstands both harsh rays from the hot sun and coastal elements from rain and salt water. Strong slipcover fabric such as Sunbrella is constructed with impressive ratings. Outdoor slipcovered furniture is manufactured to withstand the elements, let water drain and built to resist mold and mildew. Simply pressure wash the furniture with slipcover on as needed and the furniture will look brand new.

How to measure slipcovered sofas? Deciding on the size of a slipcovered sofa can be a challenge. The two biggest criteria are the room size and the height of the users. You want to select a sofa size that is scaled properly for the room and is also comfortable and purposeful for the end user. It is best to provide a floor plan with dimensions of the room and have a professional furniture layout done. We provide this service at no cost but if you are a do-it-yourselfer you can do it the old fashion way and tape out the size on the floor with masking tape and try to envision how it will feel and look. As for the size for comfort I would again recommend professional guidance for selecting the right size based on height and planned use to ensure the most comfortable choice. If you have a sofa that you love you can also measure the seat depth, seat height, arm height and back height and pick one that closely fits those dimensions.



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