We know how it can be: you’ve just dropped a significant amount of money on a brand new couch, and only realized after the fact how chaotic your household is. Whether you’ve got animals running rampant, a few messy children, or are firmly established in your “eating on the couch” ways, you still expect this major purchase to last a good while — and you’re not alone: 91% of sofa-buyers don’t plan on needing to buy another one for at least five to nine years!
Luckily, there’s nothing to worry about; a sofa slipcover will keep your couch safe and secure without sacrificing its class or style. However, you now face one more decision: to buy custom or pre-made? Here are a few things that may help you narrow it down.
Both custom and ready-made slipcovers come in just about the same types of fabric (cotton, denim, suede, etc.), so rather than focusing on how you want it to look and feel, you should consider the shape of the piece you’re trying to protect. Fortunately, most sofas and couches are pretty much the same size and shape, so finding a suitable sofa slipcover is pretty just left to your personal choice. However, if your sofa is the only one of its kind, a ready-made cover will probably look bulky and unnatural. Use your best judgment when browsing options.
Although delivery times have certainly been reduced in this age of instant gratification that we live in, custom covers will always take longer because they need to be designed and crafted first, by real people! If you’re throwing a party in three days, your best bet is pre-made; if you just considered that having a slipcover would be wise for no immediate reason, you can absolutely take the time necessary to have a custom cover made just for you.
Custom anything is going to be more expensive than alternatives that are produced in bulk. If you only have a limited amount of money (or simply don’t want to spend above a certain number), pre-made sofa slipcovers are an easy and affordable way to protect your furniture. Otherwise, there’s no harm in splurging a little.
No matter what you choose, what’s important is that your needs are met! Slipcovers are ideal for all types of furniture: from recliner seat covers to pillow covers — even pet bed covers! — slipcovers are about protecting your furniture. Ready-made doesn’t necessarily mean low-quality, so focus on your own personal wants and desires.