Slipcover a Couch Beautifully

We definitely have paranormal activity in our home. Things move without explanation. Pillows that were strategically placed by me to look magazine pretty inevitably end up on the floor after I leave the room. Kid sized chairs levitate on their own and land on top of the couch.

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And don’t even mention this pillow that has systematically lost all its buttons one-at-a-time!

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When questioned, both boys emphatically shout “It wasn’t me!” Hmmph.

Well, if this continues I might have to call in an exorcist, because it is getting VERY annoying.

But, I know you don’t want to hear about my boring ghost stories. Instead I thought I’d share with you a great source for brand name (to remain un-named) slipcovers at a fraction of the cost! May I introduce to you UglySofa.com.

Slipcover a Couch Beautifully

And let me tell you, the name is a misnomer, because this family-owned company is actually on a mission to give you a beautiful sofa! When UglySofa.com emailed me and said they wanted to send me a “brand name” slipcover to try out, I was skeptical. I mean – come on – how can you sell slipcovers from the famous PB&J (minus the J) at a fraction of the cost? I really doubted their authenticity. But, low and behold, a few days later my boxpleat slipcover arrived and when I opened it up, it truly was the brand they said it was and the quality was just as good as the slipcover I bought years ago from the store “that shall not be named.”

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I immediately ran over to pull back the worn red slipcover I’ve been using for as long as my oldest has been alive. WARNING: What you are about to see is a flashback to the 90’s. I admit, I did recover this sofa way back in my college years when hunter green was popular color. (I’m sad just wondering when blue-gray will be the “dated color”.) But, if you saw the granny fabric that lay beneath you’d be even more horrified.

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Now don’t even ask me why we still have a sofa that is well over 20 years old. Someday we’ll get around to replacing it…until then I have my new slipcovered sofa! Isn’t she pretty?!

Slipcover a Couch Beautifully

Have you ever purchased a slipcover because it looked beautiful in the catalog only to get it in the mail and you can’t for the life of you figure out how they got the slipcover to look so good?

Slipcover a Couch Beautifully

That used to happen to me too, until I worked as a photo stylist for Plow & Hearth (one of my responsibilities as a graphic designer for their catalog). I learned how to install slipcovers so they look beautiful.

Here are a few easy tricks for installing a slipcover so it look less like a rumpled college frat house slipcover. Please excuse my “butt shots”. I’m still new to this little thing called vlogging!

Start out by getting the ginormous cover on.

Find the “Back” tag on your slipcover. (And don’t look at the famous PB & J (minus the J) tag. Ha, I made you look ;-).

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Throw the “back” of the slipcover over the back of your sofa.

Locate the center of your slipcover and center it between the two arm rests.

Then line up the front skirt of your slipcover. I like to let the skirt puddle on the floor a little instead of kissing it.

Slipcover a Couch Beautifully

Smooth out the fabric with your hands, and neatly tuck and fold under any excess fabric.

Slipcover a Couch Beautifully

This is especially crucial on the arm rest, you want to disguise any excess fabric so the slipcover looks like it was custom made for your sofa.

Slipcover a Couch Beautifully

Wrap the side panels around the side.

Slipcover a Couch Beautifully

Locate the D- rings on the back of the slipcover.

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Feed the straps from the side panels through the D-rings in the back of the slipcover, and loop back between the two rings.

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Pull the straps until the slipcover is tight. Be sure to leave enough slack to be able to tighten the other side.

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Tuck any excess fabric into the folds behind the side panels and the d-rings.

Once you have the slipcover positioned, folded and tucked the way you like, then insert several cardboard light-sabers shipping tubes into the crevices between your cushions.

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These will secure and hold your slipcover in place.

And now, another little video on eliminating the wrinkles in your slipcover. I just used my hands and a squirt bottle filled with water. Be prepared as I almost cross the line. I admit it, sometimes I have the mind of a 7th grade boy.

I hope those videos were helpful for you! Do you like my new UglySofa.com slipcover?

Slipcover a Couch Beautifully

The boxpleat slipcover has a nice relaxed weave, very similar to a grain cloth.

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And the sides drape nicely over my sofa’s arm. The color I chose was ivory linen.

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  1. Miss MillieRobin
    Miss MillieRobin says:

    A great tutorial! I purchased a SF sofa cover for our sofa bed. The sofa bed is 73″ long and was advised to buy the sofa size versus the love seat size. Naturally, I bought the sofa cover on final clearance–no returns. TOO BIG!! But after reading your blog I think can make this cover work with some extra nips n tucks. Many thanks!! 😉

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  2. Jacque Orlikowski
    Jacque Orlikowski says:

    Love this used on my sofa give it a plus stays put when people sit on it must be material sofa made of goes with our decor perfectly thanks for awesome idea

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  3. Katie
    Katie says:

    I ve ordered several slipcovers…urs is the prettiest I ve ever seen…..the pleats really make it
    Where did u get it? I returned all of the ones I ve ordered😢😢😢😢

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