by Kat Cooper June 30, 2018

When it comes to sofa makeover, two words will occur to your mind – reupholstering and slipcover. Comparing to reupholstering, buy a slipcover is much more cost-effective and time-saving. It’s also easy to install. Before buying it, how to choose the right slipcover fabric is very important. Below, we will list the pros and cons of common fabrics from different angles.

1.Why People Always prefer cotton

For homes with pets or small children, cotton can be one of the best slipcover fabric. It is a light fabric that is machine washable. Preshrunk fabrics can be washed many times. Additionally, it is extremely durable and can endure wear and tear of pets and children. Usually, it can absorb stains and water and protect fabric on the sofa below. And cotton is a versatile material that comes in a wide range of colors and patterns to match any decor.


Excellent Durability




Absorb Water

Resists Pilling

Good Abrasion Resistance

Comfortable, Soft Hand

Easy To Clean



Shrink After First Wash

Absorb Stain Easily

May Mildew


2.Linen is Also a Good Choice Among All Slipcover Fabrics

Linen is made from flax and is an incredibly strong natural textile fiber. It’s a smooth, soft, and naturally lustrous fabric that offers excellent durability and natural resistance to moths, pilling, and abrasion. It’s often used in conjunction with cotton for greater elasticity. When washed the linen becomes soft and comfortable with a natural wrinkle, a great casual option. Unwashed linen will stay smoother and flatter, though they will still wrinkle with use. Unwashed linen will require dry cleaning, whereas washed linen can be cleaned at home.



Extremely Durable

Feel Cool To Touch


Mildew Resistant


Wrinkles Easily

Not Stain Resistant

Cannot Expose To Sun

3.Velvet is The King of Soft, But

Velvet is a woven fabric distinguished by its thick and short pile. Though comparatively difficult to clean, velvet stands out for its comfort, texture, and rich color. And Velvet can be the most suitable for a cozy winter night because they can keep the heat and provide a creamy feel, which makes it very comfortable.


Ultra Soft And Luxury


Color Is Quite Rich

Good Insulation

Have Sophisticated Styles


Challenging To Clean


4.Leather Can Be A Kind of Luxury Slipcover Fabric

This sturdy material can be gently vacuumed, damp-wiped as needed, and cleaned with leather conditioner or saddle soap. When it comes to quality, luxury, comfort, and warmth, many people feel there is nothing quite like genuine leather furniture. Faux leather, vinyl, imitation or synthetic leather has significantly improved over the past few decades regarding its realistic look, feel and performance.


Easy To Clean




Not Pet-Friendly

Can Be Expensive

5.Microfiber: People Like The Way of Cleaning It

If you like the look of leather, but you have young kids and pets, then microfiber slipcover fabric could be your best option. Microfiber is designed to look like leather, but are stain resistant and easier to clean. Additionally, they provide the soft touch of fabric, which some people prefer over leather. The thick fabric provides a high level of protection to the furniture beneath. And foods or liquids spilled on the surface can be easily wiped off before turning into a stain.(Here is the full guide of microfiber couch.)


Super Easy To Clean




Look Like Leather


Easy To Stick Lint

Poor Sunlight Resistance

Light Color Can Fade

6.One of the Greatest Human Inventions: Polyester

First introduced in the 1950s, polyester is a one-of-a-kind human-made fiber that does its best work in tandem with natural materials such as cotton and wool. Polyester blends provide excellent strength, easy cleaning, and resistance to fading, wrinkling, and abrasion. Usually, stretchable slipcover fabrics are made from polyester and spandex, which are really cost-effective. And manufacture uses this type of fabric to make a bulk production. Thus, this sort of ready-made slipcover are cheap and typically machine washable.



Easy Care


Superior Abrasion Resistance

Good Stain Resistance

Plenty Of Choice

Resistance To Fading



Poor Resistance To Oil And Greasy Food Stains

Not Environmental-Friendly

Kat Cooper
Kat Cooper

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