All About Slipcovered Furniture

For us, Slipcovered Seating is the equivalent to relaxed living.

At Our Boat House, we believe that slipcovered furniture is classically timeless, tranquil and inviting - which is why opting for slipcovered furniture pieces for the home continues to be in high demand anywhere relaxed coastal-style living exists. In order to offer many styles for the masses, we carry multiple Slipcovered Collections that provide a wide variety of sizes, special features and unique designs that can be customized and finished in an assortment of designer fabric selections in order to create a piece for you and your guests to enjoy endlessly.

Find the perfect balance of both beauty and comfort with any of our slipcovered sofas,  sectionals, chairs, ottomans and even headboards. Let's take a look into the many styles and designs of what it really means to be slipcovered.  

The Crew at Our Boat House pride themselves on being professional experts on all of our collections with slipcovered sofas, chairs, headboards and more -  which is why we’ve outlined some common questions and inquiries about our amazingly versatile slipcovered products.

slipcovered defined: a removable custom-created fabric cover for Our Boat House sofas, chairs, ottomans, headboards and more.

What is Slipcovered Furniture?

Like most seating pieces, slipcovered furniture construction begins with a base piece such as a sofa or chair which are hand-crafted from hardwoods then assembled to make the frame.  The custom manufacturing process continues with crafting the backs and adding sinuous springs in the seat base. In the finishing process, the frame is padded with regenerated fiber cushioning that is then contained, shaped and upholstered with a muslin base.  The muslin base keeps the layer of fabric over it, in place and adds to the overall comfort. Then, the muslin base, seat and back cushions are covered beautifully with a choice of fabric to fully customize the piece which is referred to as the slipcover.  

Not only can you choose from a variety of designer fabrics, the cushion fill can be selected as well to fit your personal needs. Essentially, the concept of slipcovered seating combines both traditional and modern furniture products; all hand-made to with a fitted slipcover created from a variety of fabric options that is specifically cut and sewn to perfectly fit the frame. The fabrics available for the slipcover are cotton twills, canvas, linen, linen-blends, denim, performance fabrics and more. Each fabric provides a wide range of choices to create your own look of casual comfort in a relaxed, eloquent style. Fabric slipcovered sofas, chairs, and other furniture have evolved to not only provide ideal comfort, but to deliver several benefits.

Benefits of Slipcovered Furniture

Easy Care & Cleaning:The biggest benefit of having slipcovered furniture other than the classic, timeless style is the fact that the slipcovers can easily be removed and cleaned.  Unlike upholstered furniture, slipcovers simply slide off and can be washed when you have a little mishap.

Cotton: The cottons we offer as well as many other fabrics are pre-washed so you don’t have to worry about shrinkage when washing in your machine at home. When it comes to machine washing at home, we recommend you use a low-enzyme detergent with no bluing agents in cool water and on the gentle cycle. When drying, we recommend removing the slipcovers from the dryer while still damp and placing them on the furniture to have the best end result. Pre-washed slipcovers can also be professionally laundered. 

Performance:Sunbrella & Outdura fabrics are made of acrylic and are both stain, mildew and fade resistant. In the past these fabrics were primarily used on outdoor furniture, but with the quality and softness of today's technology, these materials are a highly desired option for indoor slipcovered furniture. These make a great choice for a busy household. When washing performance fabrics at home, allow to air dry only and place on the piece almost dry. Some fabrics based on their content, will require professional cleaning and/or dry cleaning. The recommended cleaning is determined by the content and whether it is pre-washed. So when selecting the fabric be sure to keep these factors in mind. 

Back-Up Set:Many 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 while cleaning. Ask about our special discount when ordering a second slipcover upon the initial slipcovered furniture purchase to allow our customers the convenience of having a set during cleaning as well as having the option for different color of fabric for seasonal changes. 

Endless Styles & Designs:There are a variety of options to choose from with endless styles and designs of slipcovered furniture that help define the overall look or feel you want for your space: 

Overall Shape: The length, depth and height of the seating piece you are choosing is selected based on the customer's height and the desired use of the sofa.

Arms:  Select the size, height, shape and angle of the arm based on how you use the seating. 

Seats: Choose the desired depth of the sofa, the fill: foam/firm, feathers/soft, shape: T-cushion, square and type of seat cushions: three seats, two seats or bench seat.

Backs: The back cushion options are box back, rounded back or throw pillows. The fill can be a recycled trillium fiber or down blend. 

Slipcover Fit: 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. 

Best Selling Styles: 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 pieces can be customized and ordered with C.O.M (customer owned material). Typically this raises the cost and the lead time, but it allows you to customize the piece of slipcovered furniture with a personal choice of material, making it truly unique to you.  

Unmatched ComfortSlipcovered furniture is made for comfort with relaxed coastal living in mind - bathing suits, sandy feet and wet dogs are all welcome. Washable slipcovered furniture is kid and pet friendly making it stress free and a joyful living. 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 CapableThe latest trends lean toward bringng the outdoors in and the indoors out,  making your home a great place for entertaining for big gatherings. 

For the Indoors: slipcovered furniture can be covered in denim cotton twills for easy use or sunbrella fabric for higher traffic homes. 

For Covered Sun Rooms or Outside Spaces: these can be furnished to look like an additional living area with outdoor friendly slipcovered furniture made for enduring the elements. Outdoor slipcovered furniture is crafted to allow for water and moisture to run through the cushions and frame. Outdoor slipcovered pieces have cushions are mold and mildew resistant as well as being covered with today's comfortable performance fabric options. 

Surprisingly Affordable:  With the wide variety of styles, fabrics and cushions offered, there is a wide range of pricing options that can be customized to fit any budget. The beauty of investing in slipcovered furniture is the base construction of the furniture itself can last a lifetime with normal residential use, so when the slipcover ever becomes worn or stained you can simply replace the slipcover thus creating the look of a brand new sofa. Most all of our slipcovered collections maintain an archive of the slipcover pattern so even if a collection is discontinued you will always be able to order a new slipcover. Replacement seat and back cushions are also an option to order, if desired.  

All About Slipcovered Fabrics

Slipcovers can be manufactured from a variety of fabric types. The most popular fabric choice for the slipcovers are cotton, linen and performance fabrics such as Sunbrella, Crypton or Outdura. 

Denim Cotton Twill, is by far, the most popular fabric choice for slipcovered furniture. The reason being is that denim is a heavy-weight cotton twill making it extremely durable, comfortable and washable. Denim slipcovers are like a pair of your favorite jeans the more you wash them the more comfortable they feel. Denim is available in white, tan, blue, gray and red dye lots. 

Cotton slipcover fabric is made of 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. We also offer 100% Organic Cotton. 

Performance fabric like Sunbrella Acrylic fabric is made to withstand outdoor elements has become a top choice for indoors for homes with heavy use. The fabric is both fade and stain resistant while still being soft and comfortable making it a great choice. These are also great for kid & pet-friendly homes.

Belgian 100% Linen or Pre-washed Linen blends are the best option when you want that relaxed, yet sophisticated look. Linen slipcovers have a beautiful way of covering the frame effortlessly with a natural, loose flow. Most are user friendly and washable. 

Stripes & Plaids can be great for a sofa or accent chair. A bold navy stripe is perfect for a nautically designed style while plaids used in slipcovers are most popular for lake houses or houses in the mountains. 

Slipcovered Fabric Choices

By far the most popular fabric color for slipcovered furniture is white. White fabric can be from a variety of contents such as cotton, linen and performance fabrics. There are many variations of the color white to select from and you can’t go wrong with any one of them - whether it be a warm white or a bleached white or somewhere in between. Next most popular are neutrals-linen and natural tans. With these lighter, neutral tones, you can pull in any accent color you wish. Finally, we offer a wide variety of blues from sky to navy as well as shades  and variations of grays, reds, stripes and patterns combing colors.

Popular Slipcovered Fabric Colors

-Whites : keep the main seating crisp, clean and relatively neutral. White cottons can be brightened and white allows any accent color into the space.

-Tans/Neutrals: keep the space a safe, a good light color choice that feels natural and organic and it also allows a variety of accent colors.

-Blues: define a look, hides everyday use fairly well, offers a coastal feel whether it is pale, sky, aqua, navy or a classic stripe.

-Greys: define a cooler look and feel, hides everyday use fairly well,  when lighter -offers a modern feel.

-Reds:  the flip side of nautical blues with bold warmth and energy.

Furniture "fitted" Slipcovers vs. Slipcovered Furniture

There is no comparison to a.) furniture that is manufactured with slipcovers whereas the slipcover is made for that specific frame, to b.) furniture that is upholstered and a generic slipcover is bought to cover the originally upholstered sofa. 

Because Our Boat House specializes in slipcovered seating, we do have requests from customers who have furniture that is similar in appearance to our furniture or has similar dimensions and they wish to purchase slipcovers for the furniture. This is not something we can provide and the reason is that a professionally made slipcover from our manufacturers is made as an exact fit for a specific frame. Unfortunately, a custom slipcover from Our Boat House cannot be ordered for any sofa as it will never fit properly or look appropriate on a frame that varies in any way. 

We highly recommend that if you like slipcovered furniture, simply buy from a manufacturer that specializes in the muslin-covered special frames and custom slipcovers. If a customer would like to have a sofa or special piece slipcovered, we recommend using a professional seamstress to custom make a slipcover for that piece.

What about purchasing generic fabric, fitted/elastic slipcovers? Furniture covers such as sofas slipcovered from generic slipcovers really don’t compare to actual designer slipcovered fabric cushions. The fit rarely works for all pieces that exist. Having to neaten the extra material, tuck in or tie every time you get up can quickly become old and tiresome. Elastic can look sloppy and ill-fitting as well.

Slipcovered Sofa Reviews

"I love the idea of changing the look of my living room simply by switching out the slipcover!"

- Carol G. Boca Raton, FL 

"My wife and I were in the market for new seating and we did not want worry about the grandkids, the sand they have on their feet or our two labs getting on the furniture. We decided to go with a slipcovered sectional and it's the best thing we have done in a while. The whole family piles up for movie time, we nap, we snack, we truly use and enjoy the furniture without worrying about anything. We wash it, dry it a little and put it back on! Highly recommend for a busy family."

-Gary M. Stratham, NH

"I love my new St. Barts sofa. I never thought I would go with a white sofa, but it looks so clean, inviting and beachy plus it's really easy to maintain. The size and style fits perfectly in my condo. I love it!!"

-Amber J. San Diego, California

Just like our reviews, we can say that there are many pros to purchasing a slipcovered sofa. There is a wide range of style, shapes and sizes making it a possibility for every home. The fabric options for the slipcover is endless, the slipcover can be easily removed for washing and can also be replaced in the future for half the cost. Slipcovered furniture is classic and timeless never looking dated or trendy so no need to replace for many years. The look and feel of slipcovered furniture is relaxing, welcoming and simply makes you feel good and inviting to your guests and you can feel good about purchasing pieces that are manufactured in the U.S.A. 

Slipcovered Furniture Styles & Themes

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 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. 

Eclectic/Boho Chic - Slipcovered Furniture is the essence of looking relaxed and yet tidy at the same time. It's a bit eclectic and yet stylish and it is the best element for creating a home that is warm, welcoming and makes you want to cuddle up with a book 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? We offer quite a few collections with modern looking slipcovered sofas and other contemporary coastal furniture. Modern is about clean lines and simplicity. Modern is sleek, clean-lined, with features like exposed square polished stainless steel legs or a neatly appointed bench seat. It is the perfect choice for the modern home while still being an ideal choice for lounging and entertaining. 

Classic/Traditional - 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 slipcovered furniture collections from which to choose. Each collection offers something unique and special.  All of these 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! 

Oceanside Collection: Nantucket, Carmel, South Beach, Santa Barbara, Malibu, Newport, Hampton Bridge 

Beachside Collection - Montauk Point, Annapolis, Key Biscayne, Manhattan Beach, Naples, Palm Coast & Sanibel Island

Island Collection - Bali, Caicos, St. Barts, St. Kitts, Majorca, Barcelona, Bermuda, Fiji, Maui, Gustavia, St. Lucia, Laguna, Lounge, Vista & Grand Cayman

Harborside - Morada Bay, Westchester, Newport

 Seaside Collection - Montauk III, Big Sur

Types of Slipcovered Products

Slipcovered Sofas, Chairs, Benches, Beds, Ottomans and moreIn 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 & SectionalsSlipcovered Chairs & ChaisesSlipcovered Benches & OttomansSlipcovered Beds & HeadboardsOutdoor Slipcovered Furniture.

Slipcovered Sofas & SectionalsSlipcovered sofas and sectionals are the perfect focal point in every living room where family and friends gather to relax and enjoy time together. Slipcovered sectional sofas 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, Swivel Gliders & ChaisesSlipcovered chairs, 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 & OttomansBenches and slipcovered ottomans 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 & HeadboardsSlipcovered beds 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 FurnitureAesthetics 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? Outdoor slipcovered furniture 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.The trend is definitely to make your outside an extension of your homes living space. Outdoor slipcovered furniture is the best way to make you outdoor space feel like a an indoor living room outside. Outdoor slipcovered furniture is made to be resistant to mold and mildew with cushions that allow for water to easily flow and drain. The furniture is easily cleaned with soap and water and/or pressure washing as needed depending on the exposure and elements. The options in size, style and color are endless. Let us help you to design the perfect use of your outdoor space and we promise you will enjoy for many years to come.

Slipcovered Furniture by Room Type

Slipcover Furniture by Room: Living Room, Dining, Bedroom and OfficeToday slipcovered furniture can be found in every room of the house as it is available in many styles, shapes, sizes and fabric choices. Slipcovered furniture is available in sofas, sectionals, lounge chairs, swivel gliders, dining chairs, bar stools, counter stools, chaises, beds, outdoor furniture, ottomans and benches making the options for every room endless. 

Slipcovered Living Room FurnitureThe living room is the most important room in the house. It is the room that many times defines the home. If you want your living room to be comfortable, warm, welcoming and the same time a style that is classic and timeless you will want to have your most important pieces in the room be slipcovered furniture. Whether you go with two slipcovered sofas or slipcovered sectional either pairs well with one or two slipcovered swivel gliders or an oversized slipcovered chaise. Any of these configurations will offer plenty of comfortable seating and a look that will never be dated. Slipcovered furniture is also worry free as the slipcovers can be easily removed for washing and can also be replaced anytime in the future making slipcovered furniture the best investment for every living room. 

Slipcovered Dining Room FurnitureThe dining room is a special room. It is where families and friends gather to share a meals and conversations. Slipcovered dining chairs are comfortable and can be both arm chairs and side chairs and fabrics can be mixed and matched to create an interesting stylish dining experience. Many times the heads of the table are done with arm chairs in a different slipcover fabric color than are the side chairs. Another alternative is to have one side done in a slipcovered bench which keeps the space open and airy and provides for more seating than side chairs. Perfect solution for kids with lot’s of friends. Slipcovered bar stools and counter stools are also a great way to add comfort, color and coastal style to the kitchen dining experience.

Slipcovered Bedroom FurnitureThe master bedroom is a place for peace and serenity. A slipcovered bed gives you that feeling. A loose or fitted slipcover in a washed white linen is a favorite for a master bedroom. A white or colorful cotton slipcovered headboard is a favorite for the kids or guest room in every cottage or beach house where you want your kids to have fun and guests to feel welcome.

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.

Recent Slipcovered Furniture Articles

View recent articles related to slipcovered furniture styles, design, product releases and other news, for both indoor and outdoor coastal living furniture

Furniture Construction

Sustainable frames, reclaimed hardwoods, 8-way hand tied springs, sinuous spring, feather cloud fill, eco-down fill and hgh resilient foam - these are some of the materials and methods used to make our seating pieces.

Fabric Selection

Cottons, Linens, Blends, Crypton, Sunbrella are just a few of the materials we offer in a wide variety of solids, stripes, prints and more.

Slipcovered pieces can be customized in any fabric of your choice.

Furniture Guide

Coastal Furniture pieces are used in a home and arranged to become the house where everyone gathers and creates memories meant to last for a lifetime.

All About Slipcovered Furniture 

Why choose slipcovered seating pieces? What are the benefits of slipcovered seating?

Learn more about our slipcovered collections and discover why they are easy to use, carefree and comfortable.

Selecting the Perfect Sofa

Length, depth, arm style, seat style, fabric choices, price & pieces offered are some of the key factors in selecting the perfect sofa from Our Boat House. We will assist you with the process.

Sectional Selection

Sectionals come in all shapes and sizes these days. Build the perfect seating combination with any of our slipcovered lines to give everyone the best seat in the house...together!

Why Buy from Our Boat House



A majority of our products are Made in America using eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials and woods as well as some of the finest organic fabrics.



We provide extensive customer support and service over the phone, live chat or email. Questions about your order?   Give us a call!



Our Selections are of the highest quality in today's marketplace. We use the finest textiles and fabrics for our custom seating pieces.


We offer free, in-home white glove delivery when three or more pieces from the same slipcovered seating collection are purchased which provides hundreds of dollars in savings.


Old World rustic lanterns, authentic ship's lamps, vintage wooden oars or ship salvage. We are your source for all coastal finds, rare and unique.

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