Couch Cover Instructions


Furniture slipcovers are a great way to update your home without a lot of money or effort. They come in an array of colors and fabrics for everyone's style of living. The couch covers are available in one piece, two piece or three piece options. The new stretch couch covers are great because they have a form-fitting feature that ensures that your slip cover will stay put. Before setting out to buy a couch cover, check if you have a T-cushion seat or a box cushion to ensure that you purchase the right cover for your couch.


  • Remove the couch cover from the packaging and toss it into the dryer with a damp cloth on a low setting to remove the wrinkles. Remove it promptly to ensure that the fabric stays smooth. If you are putting a lighter color couch cover over a dark couch, cover the couch first with a plain white sheet so that the darker color will not show through. If your couch has very narrow arms, cover them first with a few layers of batting found at a fabric store. If you are covering a leather or vinyl couch, place nonslip rug pads on the arms and seat to prevent the cover from slipping.


  • Locate the back center and front center of the couch cover. Drape the back of the slipcover over the back of the couch keeping the center tab in the middle of the couch. Drape the front of the slip cover over the front of the back of the couch and tuck the center tab inside the back of the couch. Locate the positioning tabs for both the right and left arms. Fit one side over the arm of the couch and then do the other side. Line up the seams on the front, back and arms of the couch cover. Pull the couch cover down tightly on all sides of the couch placing the elastic edge underneath the bottom of the couch to secure it in place.

Smooth and Tuck

  • Smooth out and tuck the excess fabric into the crevices of the couch with a large wooden spoon. For a one-piece slipcover, lift up the seat cushions and tuck the fabric down underneath and then press the cushions down onto the couch. Tuck the fabric into the sides of the cushions to smooth out the cover. Continue smoothing and tucking the fabric into the entire back of the couch with the wooden spoon. If you have a two-piece slipcover with a separate cover for the seats, overlap the seat cushions and insert them into the cover. Once inside, separate the cushions and zip the cover closed. Place the covered seats down on the couch and tuck any excess fabric into the sides and back.

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