How to Fit a Recliner Cover

Written by tiffany holley
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People have been using slip covers for years as a way to cover old, torn or stained furniture. They come in a variety of fabrics and colours and are relatively inexpensive compared to buying new furniture. The problem is getting them to fit properly, especially if you have a recliner. Many people forgo buying a slip cover for a recliner for fear they will not get it on right. There is an easy way to fit a slip cover onto a recliner.

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  1. 1

    Lay the pieces out on the table or floor and identify the pieces first.

  2. 2

    Put the back on first. Stretch and pull the back piece over the back of the chair and pull it down. Line up the corners so that they are straight. Tuck the excess fabric into the seat back.

  3. 3

    Place each arm cover on the chair. Pull and stretch the right and left arm covers on the chair. Don't forget to pull the reclining handle through the opening provided in the fabric. Some recliner slip covers come with a side pocket on the opposite side to hold remote controls. Don't place the one with the pocket on the wrong side of the chair.

  4. 4

    Place the footrest and seat cover piece on the chair. Start at the footrest and wrap the elastic around the bottom edge of the footrest. Next, pull it up and stretch it over the chair seat. Tuck in the excess fabric into the back and sides of the seat cushion.

  5. 5

    Secure the cover to the bottom of the chair. After all of the pieces have been fitted onto the recliner properly, turn the chair upside down. Place the loops on the bottom of the back and arm covers onto the hardware on the bottom of the chair to secure the pieces to the chair. This will prevent the pieces from slipping off the chair when you and your guests sit down.

Tips and warnings

  • Often, a recliner slip cover doesn't fit right because the owner has put a piece on in the wrong place. Most recliner slip covers come in four pieces that consist of the back seat and footrest and the arm covers. The back and the seat pieces are close in size and can very easily get confused with each other. Separating the pieces will save you the big headache from having to take them off again to put them on correctly.

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