Buying Guide to Sure Fit Furniture Covers

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Size and Fit Q&A

Sure Fit has many products, styles and colors that will fit your home decor. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

  • Will furniture covers fit sofa beds?
    Sure Fit offers a Sleeper Sofa Slipcover Collection to accommodate sofa beds.
  • Will furniture covers fit Camel Back furniture?
    Sure Fit furniture covers will fit camel back furniture that falls within standard measurements. See the Measuring Guide tab. We recommend using Sure Fit Stretch products.
  • Will furniture covers fit furniture with no arms?
    We recommend using Sure Fit Furniture Throws for furniture with no arms.
  • Will furniture covers fit furniture with thin/wooden arms?
    With a little bit of creativity, Sure Fit furniture covers can fit over most thin-armed furniture. Wrap inexpensive polyester batting from a craft store on the arms to pad them. Secure with string or Velcro. They will be completely hidden under your furniture cover. For more furniture cover tips, see our Styling Tips section.

Furniture Cover Fabrics

All Sure Fit fabrics undergo rigorous quality tests in its in-house testing laboratory before being added to the product selection. Sure Fit follows industry standards ASTM and AATCC in the following areas:

  • Shrinkage (dimensional stability) - Sure Fit allows only 5% shrinkage in order to keep the best fit wash after wash
  • Appearance after washing - After washing several times, products are compared to the standard color to ensure the color remains true
  • Crocking - Tests for colorfastness so the color does not rub off on your furniture or clothing
  • Seam strength - Tensile equipment is used to pull on the seams to be sure they will hold strong
  • Stretch test - Sure Fit tests the stretch and recovery of the fabric for fit consistency for all stretch fabrics
  • Sure Fit is making new strides in keeping colors consistent with its state of the art color matching system

How do you care for your furniture cover?

Sure Fit furniture covers are easy to care for. All covers are machine washable with a few exceptions. Each furniture cover comes with its own care instructions and special product features.

Visit our Styling Tips tab to learn how to remove wrinkles from your furniture cover. The best way is to put the cover in the dryer with a damp cloth and tumble for ten minutes. Sure Fit also tests for ironing in its in-house lab - refer to the care label to see if a warm iron can be used on your cover.

Consult this chart to get the best fit

Sure Fit Measuring Guide

It's all about the tucking (and other styling tips) that can make your furniture cover go from great to fabulous!

Follow some of these tips:

Tucking tips:
Use rolled and banded magazines or foam pool noodles to keep your furniture cover in place. Simply push into the creases and sit back for a comfortable secure fit.

Can I mix and match different fabrics?
Yes. In fact, one rarely sees the same fabric all around a living room. Mixing patterns and textures is a wonderful way to get a professional decorator look in your living room. Sure Fit's furniture cover collection is designed to make mixing and matching easy: From stripes and florals to bold and light colors.

How do I remove wrinkles?
To avoid wrinkles after laundering, just pull the cover out of the dryer once the cycle is complete and immediately place it on the furniture. If your cover gets wrinkled in storage, simply toss it in the dryer with a damp cloth on low heat for ten minutes to remove the wrinkles. Do not tumble dry fabrics that have instructions to line dry. You can also use a hand-held steamer.

Will furniture covers fit furniture with thin/wooden arms?
With a little bit of creativity, Sure Fit furniture covers can fit over most thin-armed furniture. Wrap inexpensive polyester batting from a craft store on the arms to pad them. Secure with string or Velcro. They will be completely hidden under your furniture cover.

How can you apply furniture covers to leather furniture?
We suggest that you cover the furniture with non-skid rug padding. This helps prevent the cover from sliding on the leather's slippery surface.

Will furniture covers fit furniture with loose back pillows?
As long as your furniture measurements fall within the standard requirements (see the Measuring Guide tab), simply slip your cover right over the furniture and the pillows. You may have to adjust the pillows by overlapping them or removing a pillow or two depending on the look you want to achieve.

Sure Fit Furniture Cover Constructions

All Sure Fit furniture covers represented here have additional contour over the back of the furniture to accommodate loose back cushions.

Straight Skirt with Ties

Straight Skirt with Ties:

A roomier ready-made one-piece furniture cover with patented seat elastic with four sets of ties, one set on each corner. A revised fit with inner pleats to minimize tucking and designed to hold the position of the patented seat elastic for best results.

No-Tie Wrap Tailored Skirt

No-Tie Wrap Tailored Skirt:

A roomier fit with a more tailored look, wrap around skirt with elastic in the back and no ties. This furniture cover has patented seat elastic and patent-pending adjustable, elasticized and pleated back corners. Features include an adjustable arm height and a revised fit with inner pleats to minimize tucking and designed to hold the position of the patented seat elastic for best results.

No-Tie Wrap with Waterfall Skirt

No-Tie Wrap with Waterfall Skirt:

This furniture cover has a wrap fit with a waterfall skirt in the front, patented seat elastic and patent-pending adjustable, elasticized and pleated back corners. Features include an adjustable arm height and a revised fit with inner pleats to minimize tucking and designed to hold the position of the patented seat elastic for best results.

2-Piece Separate Seat (Semi-Custom)

2-Piece Separate Seat (Semi-Custom):

These semi-custom furniture covers have a 2-piece separate seat, elasticized and pleated back corners and an adjustable arm height. This fit can be adjusted for furniture with taller arms. Both solo seats and separate seats have zippered seat covers specifically for box-cushion furniture. The solo seat accommodates all cushions in one continuous cover, while the separate seat has individual cushion covers.

1-Piece T-Cushion with Ties

1-Piece T-Cushion with Ties:

A roomier fit with 4 sets of ties, one set on each corner. Our patented elastic in the seat area helps keep the furniture cover in place. This furniture cover is designed specifically for T-cushion furniture. It has a T-shaped seat to fit on the corners of your T-cushions.

Stretch Cover

Stretch:

A Stretch one-piece form fitting furniture cover with patented seat elastic and an elasticized base for a secure fit in both box and T versions. Features include an adjustable arm width and a form fit due to the stretch-ability of the fabric as quality tested to meet the Sure Fit Stretch standard. Also, includes inner pleats to minimize tucking and is designed to hold the position of the patented seat elastic for best results.

2 Piece Stretch Separate Seat

2 Piece Stretch Separate Seat:

A Stretch two-piece form fitting furniture cover with patented seat elastic and an elasticized base for a secure fit. Features include an adjustable arm width and a form fit due to the stretch-ability of the fabric as quality tested to meet the Sure Fit Stretch standard. Also, includes inner pleats to minimize tucking and is designed to hold the position of the patented seat elastic for best results.

OR JUST THROW AND GO!

Use a Sure Fit Furniture Throw for easy, fast and affordable decorating.
Sure Fit Furniture Throw

Available in loveseat (80" x 140") or sofa (80" x 170"). It's an easy and economical way to protect your investment! Furniture throws have an additional 10" of contour.

We've Got You Armed With Fit Tip Solutions

Form Fit Arm Shapes

Our stretch slipcovers fit most furniture styles and are perfect for hard-to-fit furniture.

Round Arms - Stretch Narrow Arms - Stretch Angled Arms - Stretch Short Arms - Stretch


Relaxed Fit Arm Shapes

Sometimes all it takes is a simple pleat or fold to fit your furniture right. Below are some examples of how to pleat your slipcover for the best look.

Round Arms - Relaxed Narrow Arms - Relaxed Angled Arms - Relaxed Short Arms - Relaxed


Ways to help you fit smaller furniture with simple pleats.

Pleats Step 1 Pleats Step 2 Pleats Step 3 Pleats Step 4


Tips for a Great Fit

LESS WRINKLES: Simply place your cover in the dryer with a damp hand towel on a low heat setting. Be sure to remove the cover from the dryer after several minutes and re-install it on your furniture immediately for a smooth look.

Less Wrinkles

IDENTIFY CUSHION TYPE: Use the images shown to choose a box or "T" cushion shape and then select the appropriate furniture cover.

Identify Cushion Type

USE A WOODEN SPOON or spatula to help tuck extra fabric into furniture crevices. Rubber gloves also help grip the fabric while positioning the cover.

WHEN COVERING DARK COLORS or bold patterns, drape a light colored sheet over the furniture and under the cover to prevent show through, especially when using a light colored furniture cover.

TO SECURE YOUR FIT, use rolled and rubber banded magazines or foam pool noodles to keep your furniture cover tucked firmly in place. Simply push into creases and sit back for a comfortable, secure fit.

FOR NARROW ARMS: For furniture with wooden or skinny, straight arms, wrap the arm with a layer or two of polyester batting (found at craft stores), and places furniture cover over the padded areas.

OR Consider folding the furniture cover arm fabric over to make smooth creases and create a more casual look. This look was achieved with our classic fit furniture cover.

For Narrow Arms

LOOSE BACK PILLOWS: If you have loose back cushions that make the furniture difficult to cover, either remove one cushion and lay the remaining cushions flat or remove cushions altogether, install your furniture cover, and accent with coordinating decorative pillows.

Loose Back Pillows

WHAT ABOUT LEATHER? If your furniture is made of leather or a smooth, shiny fabric, use a non-skid rug pad, cut to measure and place on the seat between the furniture and the cover to keep the material from sliding.

What about leather?

EXISTING PIPING? If you have piping on your seat cushion that shows through the furniture cover, you can remove the existing cushion cover and install the furniture cover over the bare seat or you can use polyester batting to cover the piping before covering the seat with your furniture cover.

To easily slip on your separate seat cover

TO EASILY SLIP ON YOUR SEPARATE SEAT COVER: Place one cushion into the corner of the cover. Place additional cushions in to the cover by overlapping them. Once the cushions are in place, push them apart until they are side by side. Polyester batting can be used to smooth out the lines between the cushions.


If the cover has a tight fit, you may want to remove existing covers from your cushions. Use a large plastic bag to cover the seat cushion(s) before placing into the zippered separate seat cover. Simply pull the bag off before closing the zipper.

If the cover has a tight fit...

SEAT ELASTIC: The elastic in the seat is designed to tuck under the seat cushion and will help you achieve a smooth, snug fit in this area.

Seat Elastic

BACK OF COVER: Pull side and back sections together to meet at the back bottom corner. Adjust and smooth fabric over the hidden, fabric covered, elastic band.

Back of Cover

SMOOTH EXCESS FABRIC: Pre-sewn pleats in the area where the back and inside arm come together will hg the back edge of your seat cushion. Tuck excess fabric into the pleats and down into the crevices of your furniture.

Smooth Excess Fabric

SLEEK FURNITURE FRAME WITH STRETCH COVER: When furniture has a sleek, smooth frame, you can place furniture cover under the legs of the furniture to help the furniture cover stay in place.

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