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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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