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Is your sofa already getting on in years and has a few signs of use and blemishes? Or do you live in a colourful, lively household where there is a lot of action and things can sometimes go wrong? No problem, your sofa can still look great. How? With a sofa cover, of course.

Sofa throws are a wonderful way to upgrade your old sofa or protect your new furniture from dirt and wear. To make sure your sofa looks great at all times, we have compared different sofa covers. You can also find out what to look out for when buying and we answer the most frequently asked questions about sofa covers.




Summary

  • A sofa cover is a simple and usually inexpensive way to enhance the look of your sofa or protect it from dirt and wear.
  • Sofa throws come in a wide variety of styles. The most common types are complete covers, half covers, seat cushion covers and blankets.
  • Depending on the dimensions, fabric, design and type, there are inexpensive and also high-priced sofa covers.

The Best Sofa Throw: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for sofa throws

To make it easier for you to buy your sofa throw, here are the most important criteria to look out for when buying. These criteria are as follows:

We will briefly explain what these aspects are in detail in the following sections.

Size

Not all sofas are the same. Upholstered sets come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. And depending on the type of sofa, there are also countless sofa covers. The good news is that there is a matching cover for every sofa. Even for round sofas, armchairs, recamiers and entire living room landscapes.

For most sofa shapes, you will find predefined sizes from the manufacturers, even for oversized sofas or those with special shapes. If in doubt, you can also have a sofa cover made to measure. In any case, you should think about whether you want to cover your sofa completely or only partially.

Material

Sofa covers are available in a wide variety of materials. Depending on the type of material, the cover has different properties. Leather (imitation leather), for example, is waterproof and non-slip, but not breathable. Cotton, on the other hand, is hard-wearing, breathable and pleasant on the skin, but is not very elastic and not waterproof.

You should therefore choose the material for your sofa cover carefully. The most common materials are polyester, cotton, imitation leather and plush. However, you can also find sofa covers made of other fabrics such as linen, corduroy, jersey, fur (imitation), velvet and fleece. The material is often a mixture of cotton and polyester or polyester and elastane.

Elasticity

Elasticity indicates how stretchy a fabric is. A sofa cover with high elasticity adapts to the couch individually. It usually lies crease-free and is non-slip. High elasticity can be especially important if your sofa has a special shape or special dimensions. Polyester, for example, is a material that can be very elastic.

A sofa cover with low elasticity is less stretchy. It can also have a good fit, but it can also lie loosely on the couch. Most of the time, it will look something like a blanket thrown over. Leather and cotton, for example, are materials that tend not to be elastic.

Design

The design of a sofa throw depends on various factors. And you should decide according to your own personal taste which design suits you and your interior. The most important aspects in terms of design are the colour, the pattern and the finish.

You will find a huge selection of both colours and patterns. Some sofa covers have a special finish, such as quilted or woven. Some sofa covers also have special details such as fringes, tassels or a skirt that hides the view under the sofa.

Care and cleaning

Depending on the material of the sofa cover, it should be cared for and cleaned differently. As a rule, there are no special care instructions for a sofa cover. However, if there are special care instructions, you will find them in the product description or on an enclosed note.

Sofa covers can vary in terms of cleaning. Most slipcovers can be washed at low temperatures and on the gentle cycle without any problems. However, some may only be washed by hand and others can be washed at 60° C. When buying a sofa cover, make sure you know whether and how it can be washed.

Guide: Frequently asked questions on the subject of sofa covers answered in detail

In this section we answer the most frequently asked questions about sofa throws. So you are optimally informed when you want to buy a sofa cover.

Who is a sofa cover suitable for?

A sofa cover is suitable for anyone who wants to protect or renew their sofa. The cover can protect your sofa from dirt and also from moisture and humidity. It can also reduce normal wear and tear on the couch. A sofa cover is especially useful in households with animals and children.

But even if you want to give your sofa a new look, a sofa cover is perfect. You can cover up traces of use or blemishes and your old sofa can shine in new splendour.

Bed, cat

A sofa cover is wonderful for protecting your sofa from dirt and moisture. But your couch is also protected from sharp claws and pet hair with a slipcover. (Image source: Helena Lopes/Pexels)

What types of sofa covers are there?

Sofa throws come in many different varieties. Basically, however, there are four types that you will always come across. These types are as follows:

  • Complete covers: Complete covers completely cover the sofa, including the back and armrests. They nestle completely against the sofa and are usually firmly fixed.
  • Half covers: Half covers usually cover the back and seat of the sofa. Sometimes armrests are also included, but the sofa is never completely covered. They are attached to the backrest with a strap and are often used for armchairs as well.
  • Seat cushion covers: Seat cushion covers only cover the seat cushion of the couch. They usually have an elastic band at the hem and can thus be stretched around the seat.
  • Blankets: Blankets can be used as complete coverings or only for parts of the sofa. They lie rather loosely on the sofa and are usually not firmly fixed.

Depending on which features and style suit you, you can choose the right sofa cover for you from these variants. Each variant has certain advantages and disadvantages.

What does a sofa cover cost?

The price of a sofa cover depends on its type, material, size and design. Therefore, there is a price range from low-priced to high-priced sofa throws. To give you an overview, we have listed the price ranges in this table:

Price range Available products
Low-priced (10 - 50 €) blankets, seat cushion covers, half covers and simple complete covers. Plain cotton, fleece and polyester (blends).
Medium-priced (50 - 200 €) complete covers and blankets. Plain and with elaborate patterns and embroidery in cotton, polyester (blends), plush and wool.
High-priced (from 200 €) seat cushion covers with backrest, complete covers and blankets. With colourful patterns and special designs in velvet, linen, cotton and polyester(-blends).

It turns out that the prices of sofa throws can vary greatly. Depending on your personal wishes, there is something for every taste and budget.

Conclusion

Sofa throws are a great way to protect your sofa from damage or to give your interior a new look. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials and you can create great styles with them. They are also a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to buying a whole new couch.

The different types of sofa throws and their materials are suitable for a wide range of needs. You can cover your sofa completely or partially, equip it with warm or cool fabrics and even make it completely waterproof. You can fix the sofa cover firmly in place or leave it loose.

There are no limits to your imagination and your wishes when buying a sofa cover.

(Cover photo: Peng Chen / Unsplash)

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