Last updated: August 11, 2021

Welcome to our large armchair protector test 2021. Here we present all the armchair covers that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. In this way, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best chair protector for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy an armchair protector.

The most important facts

  • Armchair covers protect your armchair from external influences, such as jeans stains or animal hair. They also offer a visual eye-catcher in your living room, if you want it.
  • You can choose between armchair protectors made of different materials. Most chair protectors are made of polyester, cotton, pure new wool or a blended fabric.
  • The advantage of an armchair protector compared to a blanket to protect your armchair is that they usually come with an elastic band to prevent slipping.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an armchair protector

Why do you need an armchair protector?

You need an armchair protector to protect your armchair from external influences. The main purpose is to protect the fabric or material that the chair is made of. Some materials are more sensitive than others. Light-coloured fabric armchairs can easily discolour from sitting on them with jeans trousers. Of course, this also applies to darker fabric armchairs, but the discolouration is not as visible on them.


If you often sit on your armchair with dark clothing or shoes, an armchair protector is perfect for protecting the fabric.
(Image source: / Sammy Joonhee)

If you buy a leather armchair for a lot of money, you obviously don't want the material to wear out from sitting on it so often. Here, too, an armchair protector can help. An armchair protector also protects your armchair from stains caused by food or drink. If you have pets, an armchair protector will protect them from pet hair or claw marks.

What material are chair covers made of?

Chair covers are usually made of polyester, cotton, new wool or a blended fabric. The respective materials differ in quality and price and have various advantages and disadvantages. In the following table, we have compiled the properties in the form of advantages and disadvantages of the different materials that chair covers can be made of.
Material Advantages Disadvantages
Polyester Low tendency to crease, hard-wearing, fade-resistant, easy-care, takes up little dirt Low moisture absorption, formation of unpleasant odours, electrostatic charge, possible skin irritation
Cotton Skin-friendly, boil-proof, temperature-regulating, renewable raw material Tends to crease, sensitive to ironing
Blended fabric Combines the advantages of cotton and polyester Depending on the blend ratio, the disadvantages of the more strongly represented fabric come out
Pure new wool Warming, high moisture absorption, high heat insulation, binds unpleasant odours Perceived by many people as scratchy, too warm in summer, difficult to clean

What alternatives are there to armchair protectors?

As an alternative to an armchair protector, you can also put a blanket or a sheet on your sofa to protect it. In principle, this serves the same purpose. The disadvantage is that blankets or sheets do not have the exact shape and dimensions as an armchair. So there is a great risk that they will slip.

Decision: What types of armchair protectors are there and which is the right one for you?

What distinguishes a reversible chair protector and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A reversible chair protector has the special feature that the fabric has the same texture on both sides and can therefore be used from both sides. This means you don't have to choose one colour, but can decide which colour you want to be visible according to your mood. This allows you to save money because you don't have to buy two different armchair covers.

  • Can be used from two sides
  • Offers more visual variety
  • Cheaper than buying two armchair protectors
  • May not have the colour combination you want

What are the features of an elasticated armchair cover and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

An armchair protector with elastic has the advantage that it sits tightly on the sofa and does not slip. The elastic can be attached to the back of the armchair protector so that it is almost invisible. Another option is to have an elastic band attached to each side of the armchair protector, which are pulled over the two backrests. This ensures an even stronger hold, but the elastics are also visible.

  • Tight fit
  • Prevents slipping
  • Visual visibility of the elastic
  • Possible risk of wearing out

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate armchair covers

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible armchair protectors. The criteria with which you can compare the armchair protectors with each other include:

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what the individual criteria are.


We have summarised the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials in the first section.

Chair covers are available in different materials and compositions. They also differ in quality and price. The materials that chair covers can be made of are cotton, polyester, virgin wool or a blended fabric. Cotton is a natural fibre that is very skin-friendly and therefore also suitable for allergy sufferers. It is characterised by its longevity and durability. In addition, cotton does not become electrostatically charged. Cotton is therefore well suited as a fabric for an armchair cover. You can even sit on it with short clothing in direct contact with your skin without any problems. An armchair protector made of cotton is also suitable for the summer because of its good temperature regulation.


Cotton is a naturally renewable raw material that can be processed in various forms and qualities.
(Image source: / Trisha Downing)

Pure new wool is also a natural fibre. It can insulate heat very well and is therefore a good warming fabric in winter. Pure new wool doesn't take on much dirt and is wrinkle resistant.

If you are interested in an armchair cover made of pure new wool, you should first test whether you are sensitive to the fabric. Many people find virgin wool uncomfortable on the skin and feel a strong itch when the skin comes into contact with it.

Polyester is a man-made fibre that is easy to care for, wrinkle-resistant and keeps its shape. It is well suited as a material for chair covers because it is very insensitive to stains. Polyester is also often mixed with cotton in different proportions. In this way, the advantages of both fibres can be exploited.


You can buy armchair covers in many different colours. Chair covers in neutral colours such as grey, brown, beige or cream are particularly popular. This is because armchairs are usually bought in these colours and the chair protector should match the colour of the armchair. You can also buy armchair covers in bright colours or patterned if you like it a little more unusual. Armchair covers in virgin wool are usually left in their original colour. If you can't decide between two colours or you need something new more often, you should buy a reversible chair protector. This has a different colour on both sides and can be used as you like.


Standard dimensions are usually approx. 200 cm x 50 cm.

The size in which you buy your armchair protector depends, of course, on the size of your armchair. Many shops or online shops offer armchair covers in standard sizes. There are also armchair covers for recliners that also have a standard size. Of course, you can also have an armchair cover made individually if you have an armchair with unusual dimensions.

Facts worth knowing about the topic of armchair covers

What are modern armchair covers?

Armchair covers are rather classic and neutral. That is why they usually have a warm, neutral colour. However, modern armchair covers are also available in bright colours and with unusual patterns. There are also armchair covers that have the design of a conventional blanket. These are fringed at the bottom and do not have a sewn-on armrest protector.


This chair is only protected with a conventional blanket. There are also special modern armchair protectors that make an eye-catcher in your living room.
(Image source: / Abe B. Ryokan)

Which armchair protector is best in summer?

Cotton armchair covers are best for summer. These are temperature-regulating and thus prevent the development of unpleasant odours. Armchair covers made of virgin wool are more suitable for winter, as they insulate a lot of heat. Due to the low moisture absorption of polyester, strong odours can develop. So polyester armchair covers are also less suitable for summer.

What can I do if my chair protector slips?

Some armchair covers are supplied with elastic bands to prevent them from slipping. If your chair protector does not have an elastic band, you can use clips to attach an elastic band to your chair protector and tighten it around the back of the chair. Another way to minimise the slippage of your chair protector is to place a non-slip pad between the protector and the chair. You can easily cut non-slip pads to the right size.

Can I make my own chair protectors?

If you have a talent for sewing and own a sewing machine, you can of course make your own chair protector from various fabrics.

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