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).
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.
- 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.)