How to Measure a Sofa for Slipcovers

A slipcover can transform a drab-looking sofa into a chic piece of furniture. Finding a well fitting slipcover that doesn't sag or stretch too taut is the key to changing or improving the look of an overused or stained couch.

Step 1

Measure and record the length of the sofa at the widest width.  This is probably from one arm to the other.

Step 2

Measure and record the back of the sofa from top to bottom at the highest point . 

Step 3

Measure the cushions from one end to the other.  This is especially important if you are buying a slipcover that has separate covers for the cushions.

Step 4

Measure and record the front of the sofa from top to bottom. 

Step 5

When choosing a slipcover, choose the smallest size that will work.  A tight fitting slipcover looks best. Also look for slipcovers with ties around the edges.  This improves the look and fit of the slipcover.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Paper and pencil

About the Author

Amber Webb started her professional writing career in 2005. She has written for the United Way, the National Forest Service and has worked in corporate communications at several technology companies. She now works as a freelance writer. Webb holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Brigham Young University.

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