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Jan Johan

May 4, 2019

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IKEA VS. Custom Sofa Slipcovers: Which Is Better?

Our IKEA sofas will always have a special place in our hearts.

They’re reliable, comfortable, and the best part, affordable. But as our beloved sofas start to show signs of ageing, maybe it’s about time you show them some love by giving them a second chance at life with a new slipcover.

While IKEA might still be the go-to place to find all of your home furnishing needs, when it comes to sofa slipcovers, some people prefer to get their slipcovers custom made.

If you’re in the market for a sofa slipcover, but are still unsure which one to get, here’s a quick comparison between IKEA slipcovers and those that are custom-made to help you decide.

Get the look you want.

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When it comes to having options and choosing from a wide selection of fabrics, colours, and styles, there’s nothing quite like custom made.

IKEA offers a decent range of colours and fabrics to choose from, but their availability largely depends on the specific sofa model you have.

Generally, their sofa slipcovers come in a very narrow range of colours and options, and the fabrics they offer are generally of lower quality, which severely limit your ability to create the look and feel that you want.

Unlike IKEA, a custom slipcover maker can design and produce a slipcover that reflects your unique style and personality, like this  Muji-inspired custom slipcover, which was made to complement the minimalist design of its owner’s space.

Has Your IKEA Sofa Been Discontinued?

Custom slipcovers

If you’ve answered ‘Yes’, chances are that you won’t be able to find a slipcover from IKEA.

This can be especially frustrating if you currently own one.

The beauty of having a custom slipcover made is that it can be done for almost any kind of sofa model.

Better customer support.

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If you want to get the most out of your sofa slipcover, you’re likely to be happier having it custom-made.

Here’s why: While IKEA does have a general return policy for most of their products the return policy doesn’t apply to their slipcovers.

Most custom slipcover makers however, typically offer a warranty for their slipcovers just in case their customers have questions or issues with their slipcovers.

Your best bet: Look for a slipcover maker with plenty of positive reviews. This indicates that they have a dedicated customer support team in place to answer questions, troubleshoot problems and keep their customers happy.

Make Your Sofa Prettier…And Smarter.


What’s better than a slipcover that looks good, feels good, and makes your living room look great? A slipcover that does all of that and charges your phone without you having to get up from your sofa.

Choosing to have your slipcover custom-made gives you the option to incorporate cool functionalities to your sofa,  like USB and wireless chargers that you otherwise wouldn’t get with a standard IKEA slipcover.

To IKEA Or Not To IKEA?  

At the end of the day, if all you’re looking for is a quick and immediate fix and a limited selection of fabrics and colours doesn’t bother you, then buying an IKEA sofa slipcover off the shelf is the perfect solution for you.

But if you’ve got your heart set on a particular colour and style that reflects your unique taste in decor, a custom-made sofa slipcover is what you want.

Where should you start if you’re looking for a custom IKEA slipcover? Click here to get started! Still undecided on which fabric or colour you should choose? Order up to 8 fabric samples for free and see how they feel in person by clicking here.