How to Keep a Slipcover in Place

Slipcovers use hook-and-loop tape, ties or similar methods to stay in place, but the covers sometimes need extra help to stay put. Because slipcovers work on a variety of couch styles, they often have excess fabric you need to tuck securely. Placing a pool noodle, PVC pipe or other long, narrow object in the crevice also keeps the slipcover snug and secure.

Tuck Snugly

If the slipcover is loose, remove it from the couch and start fresh to get a smooth, secure cover.

  • Wash and dry the slipcover so it is clean and free of wrinkles.
  • Center the cover over the couch. Smooth the fabric as much as possible. Excess fabric may make it difficult to get it perfectly smooth, but get as many wrinkles and bumps out as possible.
  • Tuck the extra fabric into the crevices of the couch. Start in one spot, such as an arm. Smooth and tuck as you go. Move to the other arm and the back of the couch.
  • Push the fabric as far down in the crevices as possible. A deep tuck keeps the fabric from pulling up. Use a spatula to push the fabric deeper if necessary.

Tighten the Ties

The ties or Velcro on the slipcover is designed to prevent movement. Securely press the two sides of the hook-and-loop tape together. If the slipcover uses ties, pull the pieces tightly when you tie them together. Periodically check the ties or Velcro to ensure they stay secure.

Add Tension

Pulling or shifting is possible even with a deep tuck and secure ties. A long, rounded object placed in the gap where the back meets the seat adds tension to keep the fabric in place:

  • For an inexpensive option, roll magazines tightly and hold them with rubber bands.
  • A narrow PVC pipe or a section of a pool noodle also works. Pool noodles are easy to cut to length and also cut in half if it is too large for the crevice. Push the selected material into the crevices so it is hidden and can't be felt when seated on the sofa.

Add Friction

Tension underneath the slipcover keeps the fabric in place as people sit and get up.

  • Nonslip shelf liner or rug-grip material works to increase the friction between the couch and the slipcover.
  • Cut pieces of the material slightly larger than each couch cushion. Place it on the cushion before putting the slipcover on the couch.