Are you often annoyed that your sofa is easy to get dirty and break down sometimes? It means that you have forgotten an indispensable thing for your sofa—a slipcover. It can not only protect your sofa from stains and damage in some ways but also refresh your home decor.
There are two popular slipcover types: custom slipcover and ready-made slipcover. Words like “custom made”may show an image of rare and luxury in your mind, and “ready-made” gives an impression of convenience and affordability. Therefore, you should distinguish these two slipcovers and choose the one you need before purchase. Being aware of the benefits and drawbacks of them is the most efficient way to help you make the right decision.
Next, I’ll compare these two types of couch covers in six aspects. By the way, the ready-made slipcovers discussed below are elastic. After that, you will totally clear about which one is for you.
In this aspect, it is clear that custom couch cover far overweighs the ready-made couch cover. There are more choices if you decide to customize a sofa cover. For instance, heavy duty, cotton blends, velvet blends, cotton duck and linen blends are all within the range of your cover fabric choice. You can select the one at your option. Besides that, nicely tailored and trimmed with custom cover is another merit. According to the fabric itself, some fabrics like cotton and linen are quite comfortable and not easy to stick hairs.
Conversely, there are few fabric choices of ready-made couch cover. As the name implies, this kind of slipcovers caters to standard furniture. The highly elastic materials like polyester&spandex are the common choice of ready-made slipcovers. However, the only drawback is that it’s much easier to stick hairs and requires tucking and pinning to get a good fit.
2.Size and fit
For custom covers, you can measure the precise size of your piece before purchase, and then customize an exactly suitable one. It can lower the risk of inappropriate size. Sometimes, we may encounter the matter that we have expected a beautiful slipcover for a long time but only find that is too big or small for our sofa. The only way we can do is to return it back. How sucks it is! Don’t worry, if you’re troubled by this situation, choose a custom couch cover is your perfect choice.
If you’re a super-dawdler and think that measure your sofa is totally a waste of time, you can turn to the ready-made couch cover. It can help you get rid of the troublesome selection process. You only need to click the mouse to place an order and wait for delivery.
Price is one of the essential factors considered while purchasing. Everyone wants to buy high-quality things with affordable price as much as possible. Thus, custom couch cover is the underdog in this aspect due to its higher price than ready-made one. The price varies with brands, materials and craft. In general, the price range of custom slipcovers is from $200 to $500 up.
Due to its bulk production, the general price of ready-made slipcovers is from $40 to $100 up. It is about six times lower than custom cover. That can completely explain why almost 80% of people prefer the ready-made slipcovers.
Time is another factor we need to consider. Obviously, you need more time to wait for your custom slipcovers than ready-made covers. It often takes about 3-4 weeks to customize a slipcover after ordering. If you are detail-oriented and care about qualities and styles more, customization can meet your requirements.
The delivery time can be highly shortened when you choose a ready-made slipcover. Generally speaking, you can receive your goods within three days. Therefore, if you’re urgent to get a cover for your sofa, the ready-made couch cover is your priority.
After receiving your slipcover, next step is to dress your sofa. Compared to custom slipcover, the ready-made one is relatively easier to install because of its super elastic fabric. It only takes three steps to revitalize your sofa in 5 minutes.
For custom slipcover, you’re hard to stretch its fabric when install and may take twice of the time to install than a ready-made one. You need two more steps to tie the knots on four sides of the sofa and iron it after installation. If you are not patient enough or do not want to spend too much time on it, just give up the custom one.
Customization means that it’s made according to your sofa’s specific size and will be more suitable. You can choose the pattern, style and color which are your taste. All in all, custom couch cover can give you a more neat and elegant look.
As for ready-made slipcover, it cannot completely match with your sofa sometimes. If its size is a little bigger than your sofa, it may leave you with a sloppy look. What’s more, it may wrinkle a bit after long-time use due to the loose fit.
As we all know, even the sun has the dark side, so do the above two kinds of slipcovers. Pick up perfect goods never be an easy thing. So it is essential to make their pros and cons clearly before making the purchasing decision.
If you want an exquisite slipcover and have a big budget and enough time, you can customize a cover for your sofa, otherwise, you can choose the ready-made cover.
In conclusion, I list the below table which compares these two types of slipcover in the above six aspects. After that, you can make a right decision.