10 White Slipcovered Sofas on a Budget

A shopping guide with 10 white slipcovered sofas on a budget, plus why they are the best option for any families with kids and pets.

Remember back when I shared all of my starry-eyed playroom makeover plans and said to myself, “I’ve barely sewn anything in my life, but I’m going to make the most fabulous sofa slipcover in the history of ever”? Yeah, that idea lasted two seconds.

We’re sofa shoppin’, people! Because I can’t sew myself out of a paper bag (also, that expression makes absolutely no sense in this scenario).

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For a couple of years now, we’ve had this tan microfiber sofa hanging out in our playroom. It’s barely been used except for when Robert and I lived in our tiny apartment for a short while after we got married. (Now, it’s just where I dump laundry to be folded.)

The lines are clean, the cushions are no-fuss, and I figured how hard would it be to make a slipcover? Turns out, very. But I still needed to figure out the best way to make the sofa situation work in here since the playroom will be doubling as a media room.

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  1. The Handmade Option: I decided if this baby was getting a slipcover, it needed to be super durable to handle a lot of washes (hello, a sticky messy kid lives here). I seriously thought about a no-sew method using hemming tape and drop cloths but knew it would be very time-consuming and not at all industrial strength. With the One Room Challenge being only a 6-week start-to-finish makeover race, that wasn’t happening.

2. The Professionally Made Option: I looked into buying a ready-made slipcover, but the store-bought kind had a wide mix of consumer reviews, many were really bad, and I really didn’t feel like fighting bunchy sliding fabric all the time. Then, for the price of purchasing a professionally made custom slipcover ($500-800!!!), I might as well buy an entirely brand new couch since our current one was pretty cheap to begin with.

3. The Sell the Old Sofa and Get a New One Already for Goodness Sake Option: I’ve been convinced by several blogger friends (like in this post from Chelsea at Making Home Base) that white slipcovered sofas are the bomb diggity if you have little kids. You can toss the covers in the wash with bleach whenever they get grimy (or when those icky tummy bugs attack). So we’re officially calling it quits and selling the old couch for an entirely new one since it makes the most sense for budget/time/durability.

It doesn’t hurt that they can also make a room feel so light and airy and gorgeous! But since we want to keep the price tag as low as possible, I scoured the internet to find the most inexpensive white and cream slipcovered sofas out there. You can click the images below to navigate.

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So those are the options.

Have you thought about getting a slipcovered sofa before? Or do you have one already? Do you love it / hate it? Or have a favorite from the list? Or have you ever sewn your own slipcover before? Teach me, Obi-Wan. (Actually, don’t teach me. It’s a lost cause, I promise. I’ll just remain jealous of your talents.)

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  1. We have had many slipcover pieces….a couch and two chairs from IKEA and newly, one of the couches in the pictures above, from Joss and Main. The couch from Joss and Main is absolutely amazing and a stellar price. I haven’t tried to wash the slipcover yet, but the cushions are down and the quality is top notch. I was hesitant to buy such a huge piece of furniture online, but now I am a believer!!
    BTW….we have the one that is second down from the right with more square arms. SO comfortable!

    1. What’s the cost comparison? I’ve heard the ekorp isn’t very deep sitting. I need to purchase a sofa, and I’m a little confused on which one to go with.

      1. I haven’t sat on all of these sofas in person, but I agree. The Ektorp isn’t very deep sitting. I have a friend who just bought the Cindy Crawford white slipcovered sofa from Rooms to Go though, and it’s a good price for still great quality. It’s more deep sitting than the Ektorp.

  2. I have had several Ektorps over the years first cloth, then leather and now 2 more cloth. We love them and buying 4 over 15 years (we went two sofas instead of one in the new house because we had space) But WHITE? WHITE? I too have read the blogs but I can never keep white things white. No matter the cleaning agent or bleach. With 2 boys, 2 large dogs and three cats I can’t keep my light beige ones clean. we live with blankets tossed over the seat bottoms and oh how I wish for arm covers. I wash often but not often enough because it is a chore. My mother has white, she lives alone with no pets and she uses blankets too to keep things cleaner. By all means buy Ektorp but keep in mind another slipcover to swap out when cleaning.

  3. Hi Lauren, Yes, I’m the crazy gal who sewed white denim slip covers for two sofas and a love seat. I zippered the pillow covers the first go round but the second time, I used Velcro instead of zippers. The first time I made my own bias cut welting using the white denim but the second round I bought some welting at the fabric store.

    I did these sofas and a love seat for my daughters who couldn’t afford new furniture. They turned out great and it was a labor of love and I had my own sweat shop: )

    Would I do this again? Heavens NO! You were wise to buy.

    Barbara

  4. I have the white ikea Erktop sofa with a chaise and we love it. It has survived 3 years of 2 dogs and their muddy paws plus two small children. I do wash the cover every 2 weeks or so. I just wash it with Tide and a splash of bleach and then line dry it. In nice weather, I put it outside to dry in the sun to help brighten the white. It takes 3 loads to get it all washed- 1 of just the main couch cover, then two separate washes for the cushion covers. The only thing that I would do differently is to buy an extra cover to rotate so your couch isn’t “naked” while the covers are being washed.
    For the price, it is fantastic quality and a very comfy couch.

  5. My vote is the Ektorp–great couch, great price. Either way, I do recommend getting a sofa with 3 cushions as opposed to 2…there are 3 of you, and whoever sits in the middle sinks into the crack 🙁 Oh, and if you like the chaise idea, the Ektorp has the ottoman and cushion so that you can add a chaise. Just a thought…

  6. I have had Cindy Crawford Beachside for probably 10 years. I wash those covers every couple of months and they are still going strong. We have 2 dogs, but no kids (unless you count my husband).

    1. Do you know where to find replacement slip covers for the Cindy Crawford beachside couch and love seat? I’ve looked every where ?

  7. I have the Ektotp sectional along with two matching chairs from ikea. Mine are 7 years old, in our beach home, with grandkids all over it. My slipcovers are white and they are wonderful. Once a year I take everything off head to the laundromat, and wash everything. I can put all the pieces in two of the huge washers. The rest of the year I wash individual pieces in my home washing machine as needed. The only piece that has to go to the laundromat is the base sofa piece. The best part is if something really terrible gets on it, a replacement is very inexpensive.

  8. I found the Ektorp sofa and loveseat on Craigslist for $150 and bought white covers at Ikea for under $100. The matching chair showed up on my local fb yardsale a year later for $50!
    I love the Ektorp. I wash the slipcovers about every 2 weeks (4 kids, 1 dog). I don’t dry the couch covers because they are nearly impossible to put back on-they shrink. When they are wet, there is some give. I dry the cushion covers a bit but put them on damp. I do this process in the evening and everything is dry by the morning.

  9. My daughter has the Ektorp and loves it. It’s the most comfortable thing I think I’ve ever set on . She as a big black lab and has washed them a few times now. After 2 years holding up beautifully. I wish I had one but with my hubs…..ya no way unless it was black 🙂

  10. Slip covered sofas are great. Mine is from Ethan Allen and it is a full size sofa. Please NOTE: you cannot wash the base in a home washing machine in any way. So give that some consideration when you find the couch you want. The bigger it is, the more likely you will have to have the biggest part done professionally and that gets very expensive.

    Of course when I bought mine, there weren’t any slip covered sofas anywhere! They last forever – mine is 15 years old. Many of them have replacement covers or alternate cover colors as mine did. So you can buy an extra cover as I did.

    So my tip is, check out the size of the biggest piece that you would have to wash and see if it will fit in your washer or at the very least, fit in a large commercial washer.

  11. I had the same dilemma! We needed a new couch, I knew I wanted white slipcovered but was terrified! I read the same blig posts about being able to wash/bleach them especially the Ikea one. So I started by buying the white slipcovered chair from Ikea. Was working great so I also went back and got the sectional. We have 3 boys, a dog & my husband owns a landscaping business so yes sometimes he will sit down all dirty (yes I get aggravated) BUT is washed great and even if we were to need another sofa, Id buy another one!

  12. I may not have kids – but I have a husband and 2 german shepherds with white Ikea furniture. OxiClean White Revive is my BFF. It gets out muddy paw prints, spaghetti, taco stains and whatever my husband drags in (he’s in landscaping) with no problem. I’d recommend not drying them completely when putting them back on, I’ve found that if they’re a little damp they stretch easier and keep the language more PG 🙂

  13. Lauren, I have the Rooms to Go Cindy Crawford beach collection slipcovered sofa in white ( just slightly off white actually). Has two back cushions two seat cushions., all removable machine washable. It came with two end pillows 18×18 and two more 18×18 pillows with choice of coordinating fabric. I’ve had it one year and have washed seat covers twice. They washed very well. (reference directions provided.) it was certainly affordable;$500.00 plus tax no interest payments of $15.00 monthly. It’s serviced me just great. Also comes in sleeper for couple hundred more.

    1. Hi Kathy
      I’m thinking about getting this sofa. Is it comfortable? There isn’t one one the showroom floor for me to try out. Do you still like it after all this time? Thanks for your time!

    2. I was looking at this cindy crawford couch to buy and the directions read “dry clean”. Almost all white slipcovered sofas online have similar directions. Is this just a ploy to cover them if slipcover unravels in washer? The ones I am referring to are all cotton so washing should certainly not be an issue.

    3. Do you know where to find replacement slip covers for the Cindy Crawford beachside couch and love seat? I’ve looked every where ?

  14. I had 2 chairs that are very well made & comfortable, I went the professional white slipcover direction. With no little kids in the house, I’ve had them almost a year without washing, but it’s about time, before the holidays, to bite the bullet and do it! I’m nervous but love the suggestion of putting them on before they get completely dry to avoid wrinkles! Thanks for those who comment for that helpful suggestion.
    Fingers crossed!
    Good luck choosing your new sofa, I’m loving your makeover so far!

  15. Lauren, we have the Ikea Ektorp sofa and we L.O.V.E it! Our previous sofa was custom made and expensive but not anywhere near as comfy as our Ektorp. Both hubs and I have been found snoring in the cushy comfort of this sofa 😀 The slipcovers took me a time or two to get the knack of but now I get it, taking them off to wash is a breeze. I recommend placing the covers back onto the sofa still a little damp after washing, which helps them to smooth out nicely. If I’m too slow to catch them still damp, I have a garment steamer that i use to smooth over any bigger wrinkles after I have placed the covers back on….too easy! At first I was really nervous about having white covers (keep those new denim jeans away from my sofa!) but now, meh, it’s all good.
    I’m really enjoying watching your playroom come together and am looking forward to the final reveal. Have an awesome day 🙂

      1. Lauren,
        We purchased an IKEA Ektorp sofa about 7 years ago and it still is going strong. It is in our family room and has went thru 3 teenage boys. I did however buy it in tan but have been thinking of buying a new slipcover. I am surprised thou how well it has and how affordable it was.

  16. White sounds dangerous with little ones. Aka Design wrote a post a while back about how she really disliked light colors and went for a dark grey instead. You may want to read her post….just saying….to weigh your options!! Have a great day and love the room so far!!!

    1. We’re giving it a shot and if it is a massive fail, I figured we’d just sell the white cover and buy a darker one. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

  17. Awesome post Lauren. I have a sofa that we purchased a long time ago and it needed a slipcover. I went on the Ikea website and found a sofa with the same measurments and cushion style and was able to get a white slipcover and navy blue slipcover for under $300 total–the ones for the chairs were only $29 each! slipcovers are awesome

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