How To: Measure Your Sofa For A Custom-Made Slipcover

How To: Measure Your Sofa For A Custom-Made Slipcover

Rebecca Orlov
Sep 9, 2008

If you are looking to change the color scheme in your home, it may include changing the color of your sofa. With a measuring tape in hand and a bit of patience, you can correctly measure your sofa for your own custom-made slipcover. This process can be easy by following these measuring tips after the jump.

Measuring the cushions and frame:

Please refer to the diagram and matching steps. While this may seem overwhelming, just take it step-by-step and you'll have your measurements in no time.

Keep in mind that most companies custom make slipcovers to match a back. Common backs are Round Back, Tuxedo Back (both back and arm are the same heights), Low-Straight Back or High-Straight back. Here's information on how to measure for a round back. For all 4 styles, click here for measurement information.

  • Seat Length (A) - Enter total length of all seat cushions in between the arms.

  • Seat Height (B) - Height of seat cushion.

  • Couch Length (C) - Measure base, left to right, approximately 4" below seat cushion.

  • Arm to arm (C1) - Measure distance outside the arms at widest point.

  • Couch Depth (D) - Measure side depth of furniture at the bottom. (at seat cushion level)

  • Arm Depth (D1) - Measure Arm depth, from tip of the arm to the back.

  • Skirt Width (E) - Measure from underneath of seat cushion down to the floor. (in center of furniture)

  • Back Overlay (F) - Remove seat cushion, measure from seat cushion base over the back and down to floor.

  • Arm Width (G) - Top of arm. Measure at widest point.

  • Arm Width (G1) - Bottom of arm. Measure at lowest point.

  • Arm Height (H) - Measure from tip of arm down to cushion base.

  • Seat Depth (I) - Measure depth of seat cushion.

  • Back Height (J) - Remove seat cushion, Measure from base of furniture to the top.

[Information via Slipcovershop]

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