How to Cover a Wing-Back Sofa

Written by jessica jewell
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A wingback sofa is a traditional sofa that is manufactured by a variety of companies in countless styles and colours. Like wingback chairs, the two "wings," or elements that jut out slightly from the head of the sofa on each side, were originally designed to prevent cool drafts from reaching a person sitting on the sofa. With the correct application method, you can cover a wingback sofa and renew your room's decor.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Vacuum
  • Wing-back sofa slipcover
  • Wood spoon or spatula

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  1. 1

    Remove the pillows on your sofa and clean up any dirt, debris or crumbs by vacuuming the sofa.

  2. 2

    Drape the slipcover over the sofa, starting from the back and then slowly pull it over the front. Make sure that the slipcover clears the two wings on each side of the sofa. Because the slipcover that you purchased should be specifically designed for wingback sofas, the wings should fit neatly into the pockets in the fabric.

  3. 3

    Pull the slipcover forward so that the fabric falls over the arms of the sofa. In the same way that the slipcover had pockets to fit the wings, the slipcover should also have pockets where the sofa's arms should neatly fit. Pull the fabric up the arm of the sofa as if you were putting a person's arm through a jacket sleeve. Make sure it fits tightly and that there is no loose or hanging fabric.

  4. 4

    Smooth the slipcover starting at the wings on the top of the sofa. Use your hands to smooth the fabric down the sides, gathering any excess fabric at the arms. Use your hands to smooth excess fabric from the middle of the sofa down to the bottom centre of the backrest.

  5. 5

    Tuck in loose fabric along the entire sofa. It may help to use the end of a wooden spoon or spatula. Using the stick end of the spoon or spatula, gently jam the lose fabric into the creases near the armrests and along the backrest, under the cushions.

  6. 6

    Pull or tie the slipcover at the skirt near the legs of your sofa. Not all slipcovers have the same tying mechanism, but you want to tie or fasten the slipcover using that mechanism so that the slipcover does not move or shift on the sofa.

  7. 7

    Replace the pillows on your sofa.

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