Measure the sofa before removing the sofa slipcover from its package.
Vacuum the sofa. You will be covering the sofa with a heavy slipcover so you don’t want to trap dust and food crumbs underneath. If the cushions have a removable, washable cover, wash and dry before installing the slipcover.
Check the positioning of all sofa cushions to make sure they are all arranged properly.
Remove the slipcover from the package. If the slipcover is excessively wrinkled, steam or iron the fabric. Follow the manufacturer’s care instructions, as placing a slipcover in a hot dryer or under a hot iron may damage the fabric.
Identify the center of your sofa. Usually a visual estimation is sufficient.
Identify the center of the slipcover. The easiest way to do this is to fold the entire slipcover in half (horizontally) on the floor.
Match the center of the slipcover to the center of the sofa and then drape the slipcover over the entire sofa. Keep in mind that you will lose some length as you install the slipcover over the sofa.
Adjust the slipcover to smoothly fit the arms of the couch.
Tuck the slipcover under and behind the sofa cushion, following the existing edges of the cushions with your hands to meet the contours of the sofa. Use a large wooden kitchen spoon to help you tuck the fabric into the crevices of the couch. Keep an eye on the bottom edge of the sofa. As you tuck the fabric securely into the sofa, fabric pooled on the floor may start to get pulled upward. Make sure that the fabric covers the sofa and that any pooling disappears.
Continue pulling and tugging at the slipcover until it fits the way you want it to. If necessary, begin again. Just pull the cover completely off the sofa and begin again.
Things You Will Need
- Wooden spoon
- You’ll find that there is a bit of a learning curve when installing a slipcover to your sofa. Don’t get discouraged, as it takes practice and familiarity to discover the best way to install a slipcover to a sofa.