Sure Fit Slipcover Tips – What to Look For in a Sure Fit Slipcover

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Written By MartinCorbett

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Since the first housewife looked down at her dirty upholstered chaise or chair and shook her head with despair, someone has been making slipcovers. The slipcover first started out as a furniture throw, a roll of matching or contrasting fabric that was simply “thrown over” an upholstered piece of furniture.

Modern Sure Fit slipcovers are removable fabric covers that can be slipped over a chair or couch to protect the upholstery wear and tear. Later on slipcovers were hand made by professional seamstresses and upholstery shops. Slipcovers like these were ‘tailored” or custom made and often took a long time to sew and were very expensive to make.

But in the 1960s a new type of slipcover the “ready-made” started to dominate the market. A ready-made slipcover is one that is machine manufactured instead of exclusively hand-made. And since 1997 Sure Fit has been one of the industry leaders. Sure Fit has many different sizes, styles and offers several semi-custom fitted slipcover designs.

Sure Fit Slipcover Fitting Tips

But slipcovers began to drop in popularity because the early makers of ready-made just didn’t have the technology or design skills to make slipcovers fit properly. We all remember those old slipcovers with all the bags, sags and fabric folds!

But reputable companies like Sure Fit slipcovers (hence its name) began to design covers that could be fitted using an easy to adjust system that holds the cover in place. A Sure Fit slipcover is made from fabrics that have enough elasticity to snugly mold the shape of the underlying furniture, yet doesn’t create wrinkles and bumps and lumps.

But in order to get the right Sure Fit slipcovers for your couch or chair, you must learn how to match your furniture style to the Sure Fit slipcovers that you want.

Check out the Back

First look at your furniture’s basic design. With a couch, sofa or loveseat you need to notice the back design. A tight-back type has no cushions or pillows on the back. Next is the Attached-Cushion back which has a pillow or padded backstop sewn onto the chairs or couch’s back. The next step up is Multi-Pillow back which has removable cushions (2 or more) the across the back.

But be realistic because even the best fitting Sure Fit slipcover may need additional padding or foam underneath to fill in the gaps between the back cushions or to fill out very narrow armrests.

Look at the Seat

Now you need to look at the seating cushions. Most chairs or couches have some standard shaped seats: squares, rectangles or blocks with curves at the back or “T-shape” tips at the front. Sure Fit slipcovers come in a variety of styles from a one piece, a two-piece with a separate seat cover or a three-piece with separate covers for the couch base, seat cushion and back.

Of course there are other ready-made cover vendors other than the Sure Fit slipcover [] company but you get what you pay for. So if you want slipcovers that are semi-custom fitted, washable and come in a wide selection of patterns, colors and styles than you really can’t do better than Sure Fit slipcovers.