Icon - Arrow LeftAn icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. Icon - Arrow RightAn icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. Icon - External LinkAn icon we use to indicate a button link is external. Icon - MessageThe icon we use to represent an email action. Icon - Down ChevronUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - CloseUsed to indicate a close action. Icon - Dropdown ArrowUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - Location PinUsed to showcase a location on a map. Icon - Zoom OutUsed to indicate a zoom out action on a map. Icon - Zoom InUsed to indicate a zoom in action on a map. Icon - SearchUsed to indicate a search action. Icon - EmailUsed to indicate an emai action. Icon - FacebookFacebooks brand mark for use in social sharing icons. flipboard Icon - InstagramInstagrams brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - PinterestPinterests brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - TwitterTwitters brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - Check MarkA check mark for checkbox buttons.
You are reading

Greatest Hits 2023: Save the Sofa: 5 Easy, Good-Looking Ways to Protect the Favorite Seat in the House

Search

Greatest Hits 2023: Save the Sofa: 5 Easy, Good-Looking Ways to Protect the Favorite Seat in the House

December 26, 2023

If you’re sitting right now, chances are you’re on your sofa. I myself am in a full recline writing from mine. The most used seat in the house deserves some preemptive measures to keep it not only intact but fully presentable. Short of adding a fitted slipcover, or encasing your sofa in plastic as past generations were known to do, there are easy, no-sew, washable ways to protect the cushions from dogs and cats, romping kids, and other wear and tear while adding visual interest. Here are our five favorite DIY approaches.

1. Add something soft.

remodelista founding editor, julie carlson, and ceo/publisher, josh groves, at  12
Above: Remodelista founding editor, Julie Carlson, and CEO/publisher, Josh Groves, at home in Mill Valley, California, on a sheepskin-layered Catherine Memmi sofa. Photograph by Matthew Williams from our first book, Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home.
same sofa as above with a new ensemble of cushions and a moroccan pom pom blank 13
Above: Same sofa as above with a new ensemble of cushions and a Moroccan pom pom blanket, photographed by Leslie Williamson for the Apiece Apart feature on Julie and her daughter, Darcy. The blanket is a discontinued design from Twenty One Tonnes; find something similar at L’Aviva Home.

2. Tuck a textile on top.

in his brooklyn living room, artist wayne pate tucked a vintage floral fabric a 14
Above: In his Brooklyn living room, artist Wayne Pate tucked a vintage floral fabric around the seat cushions of his white canvas sofa. The surrounding paintings are by Pate—see his latest @waynepate, and take a look at his Paris-Inspired Fabric and Wallpaper and Painterly Tile Collection for Balineum.
in her edinburgh apartment, nina plummer of ellei home has a le grand air sofa  15
Above: In her Edinburgh apartment, Nina Plummer of Ellei Home has a Le Grand Air Sofa with a loose slipcover that looks like the seat cushions were blanketed in a natural linen sheet. Bedding, drop cloths, towels, and yardage of all sorts can easily be wrapped protectively around base cushions—and rearranged as required. Photograph by Nina Plummer.
in his new york apartment, creative director matthew axe folded a denim patchwo 16
Above: In his New York apartment, creative director Matthew Axe folded a denim patchwork blanket—purchased at a Martha Stewart Living tag sale—atop his reupholstered Goodwill sofa. Photograph by Eric Piasecki from Quiet, Please: A Stylish Apartment in Bustling Jackson Heights, Queens.

3. Layer the cushions with bedrolls.

designer corinne gilbert tops the daybed in her brooklyn workroom with homemade 17
Above: Designer Corinne Gilbert tops the daybed in her Brooklyn workroom with homemade bedrolls made of linen and ticking. See more of her work in Expert Advice: How to Decorate Like a French Woman and Steal This Look: Modern Bohemian Living Room in Brooklyn. Photograph by Matthew Williams.
in another corner of nina plummer&#8\2\17;s edinburgh living room: the clas 18
Above: In another corner of Nina Plummer’s Edinburgh living room: the classic OGK Safari Daybed cushioned with kapok-filled Safari Daybed Mattresses by Tensira. Photograph by Nina Plummer. Follow her shop @elleihome.
tensira kapok mattress bedrolls from goodee work well atop sofas and daybeds of 19
Above: Tensira Kapok Mattress Bedrolls from Goodee work well atop sofas and daybeds of many sorts, including these Ikea Utaker Stackable Beds in TBo architects Bretaigne Walliser and Thom Dalmas’s cabin. See more of their Catskills hideaway in Steal This Look: A One-Room Family Cabin, and find a full tour in Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home. For our roster of bedrolls sources, go to 7 Favorites: Soft, Stylish Throwbeds. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

4. Cloak the whole sofa.

in her shades of white bungalow in pasadena, la designer michaela scherrer pet  20
Above: In her shades-of-white bungalow in Pasadena, LA designer Michaela Scherrer pet-proofed the living room sofas with linen slipcovers  layered with white leather blankets. The linen serves as protection from cat claws and the leather as a dog guard that’s easy to spot clean. Photograph Matthew Williams from Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home.
a sheet cloaked john derian for cisco meadow sofa greets visitors in the \1754  21
Above: A sheet-cloaked John Derian for Cisco Meadow Sofa greets visitors in the 1754 Maine house that builder-designer Anthony Esteves restored for his mother: see The New New England. Photograph by Greta Rybus
in a villa in the south of france designed in the late \19\20s by jacques cou&# 22
Above:In a villa in the South of France designed in the late 1920s by Jacques Couëlle, interior designer and stylist Lauren Olivia unified a built-in banquette by covering its cushions in linen throws. Photograph by Sarah Button.

5. Patch as needed.

when your sofa fabric starts to give, consider adding some patches. at little m 23
Above: When your sofa fabric starts to give, consider adding some patches. At Little Mill Abergavenny, a dreamy holiday cottage in Wales, the sofa covered in a much-repaired vintage French striped sheet.
rather than recovering her cat&#8\2\17;s favorite spot on the sofa, archite 24
Above: Rather than recovering her cat’s favorite spot on the sofa, architect Maria Berman of Berman Horn Studio added patterned patches that lend visual interest. See more in “Silly, Thrifty and Not Too Serious: Two Architects at Home in Harlem and Trend Alert: Visible Mending All Over the House. Photograph by Greta Rybus

N.B.: This story originally ran on May 16, 2023, and has been updated.

More furniture upkeep:

(Visited 26,843 times, 4 visits today)
You need to login or register to view and manage your bookmarks.

Frequently asked questions

What are DIY sofa protectors?

DIY sofa protectors are creative and stylish solutions you can make at home to protect your sofa from spills, stains, pet hair, and general wear and tear.

Why should I use a sofa protector?

Using a sofa protector helps prolong the life of your sofa by preventing damage and stains. It also adds a decorative touch to your living space.

What are some easy DIY sofa protector ideas?

Some easy DIY sofa protector ideas include using throws or blankets, slipcovers, cushion covers, decorative quilts, and fabric spray-on protectors.

How can I make my own sofa slipcover?

To make your own sofa slipcover, you will need to measure your sofa, select and purchase the desired fabric, hem and sew the fabric according to your measurements, and fit the slipcover onto your sofa.

What materials do I need to make a sofa protector from a throw or blanket?

To make a sofa protector from a throw or blanket, you will need a large throw or blanket, upholstery pins, and possibly a sewing kit if you want to secure the throw or blanket in place by sewing it.

How do I make a cushion cover for my sofa?

To make a cushion cover for your sofa, measure your cushions, select and purchase the fabric, cut the fabric according to your measurements, sew the sides together leaving an opening, and then insert the cushion before closing the opening.

Can I use decorative quilts as sofa protectors?

Yes, decorative quilts can function as both stylish and functional sofa protectors. You can drape the quilt over the sofa or tuck it in for added protection.

What is fabric spray-on protector?

Fabric spray-on protectors are products specifically designed to create a protective barrier on your sofa fabric. They can help repel stains and spills, making cleaning easier.

Where can I find more DIY sofa protector ideas?

You can find more DIY sofa protector ideas on websites, blogs, and home decor magazines. Remodelista is a great resource for stylish and easy-to-make sofa protectors.

Can I wash my DIY sofa protector?

The washability of your DIY sofa protector depends on the materials used. Some may be machine washable while others may require dry cleaning or spot cleaning.

Product summary  

Greatest Hits 2023 Save the Sofa 5 Easy GoodLooking Ways to Protect the Favorite Seat in the House portrait 7
Daybeds & Indoor Chaises

Safari Daybed

£445.00 GBP from Ellei Home

Have a Question or Comment About This Post?

Join the conversation

v5.0