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Recliner Covers and Slipcovers: Protect Your Furniture

Mar 22, 2018 | Reviews

If there’s one universal truth in the furniture world, it’s that recliners can get extremely dirty over time. They’re often one of the most used items of furniture in your home, so it makes sense that they need a little love to stay at their best.

An easy to way to get your recliner back to its best, is to purchase a new cover to slip over the existing fabric. Modern fabrics and better fitment mean you’ll be able to get close to the original look, without having to purchase a brand-new recliner.

In this review, we’ll look at 3 of the best recliner covers available right now. Some of them are simple protector covers, whilst others are full covers that look to give your chair a while new lease of life.

Our Favorite Recliner Covers of 2018

Original SOFA SHIELD Reversible Couch Slipcover

1. Sofa Shield Reversible Recliner Cover

Our Rating:   (3.9/5)
Elastic Straps
Waterproof? No


Sofa Shield has been manufacturing sofa and furniture protectors for some time now. All their protectors come with stain repellent technology, plus their extremely well priced too.

Features of the Sofa Shield Reversible Recliner Cover

The Sofa Shield protector comes in a range of colors, from the traditional beige and brown models to exciting options like bright blue, green and pink. The cover is held to the seat base with adjustable and elasticated straps, which stay in place exceptionally well. They also have options for oversized recliners as well as double recliners which is a great option.

One thing that you’ll need to be aware of with the Sofa Shield protector is the fact it’s not recommended for leather. This is because the abrasion of the cover against the leather can strip the color coat off.

One of the cool things about the Sofa Shield cover is the fact it can be reversed for extra use. You can also purchase a cover with two colors, one on the front and one on the back – great if you fancy a change occasionally.

sofa shield recliner cover


  • Recliner: Up to 30 inches.
  • Standard chair: Up to 21 inches.

This should just about cover most recliner sofas, although you might need to measure up if you’re purchasing a cover for an oversized model.

In Use

The instructions that come with the Sofa Shield are easy to understand, and fitting the cover takes just a few minutes. The straps are stable, part of the reason using them with a leather recliner is a bad idea.

Once fitted, the cover doesn’t get in the way of your recliners original “sink in” comfort. We found that after a few days, the fabric began to relax and you didn’t even realize it was fitted anymore.

  • Well made, easy to use and relaxes well.
  • Doesn’t cover the entire seat, this is more of a protector than a complete replacement.

Furniture Fresh Recliner Cover

2. Furniture Fresh Recliner Covers

with Anti-Slip Grib

Our Rating: (4.1/5)
MaterialPolyester & Polyester Blend
Elastic Straps
Water Resistant?Yes


The Furniture Fresh cover is like the Sofa Shield, in that it’s not a complete replacement but rather a protector to avoid stains and wear running the look of your recliner. The big difference though is the anti-slip guard applied to the fabric, making it perfect for RV recliners and small form factors. This does stop the cover moving as you use the recliner, something that can be a pain with cheap covers.

Stain repellent technology has also been applied to the fabric, with most stains merely falling off after a wipe down with a damp cloth.

The Furniture Fresh protector is available in a Fawn, Chocolate and Pure Black color.

Features of the Furniture Fresh Recliner Cover

The Furniture Fresh cover has better adjustable straps in our view; wider and the clip system is far stronger. Couple this with the anti-slip coating on the fabric and you have a recliner cover that becomes part of the chair, not a visible addon.

As I mentioned earlier, the stain repellent technology is extremely good with this cover. Stain just fall away, leaving the underlying fabric nice and fresh.

This cover is going to be ideal for busy families where accidents do happen.

Furniture Fresh cover for recliner


  • Recliner: 23 inches

Although this cover fits our recliner well, it’s on the smaller size when it comes to recliner bases. Our advice would be to measure up and ensure you’ll achieve a snug fit.

In Use

Once again, a set of decent instructions were provided, although some of the English was poor. Still, we understood everything, and fitment only took 10 minutes.

Those better-quality hooks and the anti-slip fabric coating helped to get a snug fit. Most of our review team felt the Furniture Fresh cover looks better than the Sofa Shield.

Pros: Anti-slip technology, stain repellence, and a good fit make this a real contender.

Cons: It’s twice the price of the Sofa Shield, so you’ll pay for those extra features and fit.

  • Anti-slip technology, stain repellence, and a good fit make this a real contender.
  • It’s twice the price of the Sofa Shield, so you’ll pay for those extra features and fit.

Stretch Sensations Crossroads Recliner Stretch Slipcover

3. Stretch Sensations Recliner Slipcover

Our Rating: (3.4/5)
Material96-percent polyester 4-percent Spandex
Machine Washable


A completely different style of cover this time comes courtesy of Stretch Sensations. This time, the cover is a full slip on type, which covers the entire recliner and uses elastane to hugs the curves exactly.

Unlike the models above, the Stretch Sensations cover is machine washable, handy if you want to give it a spruce up occasionally.

One thing we will mention is the fact the cover is manufactured with a small amount of Spandex in it; something to be aware of if anyone in your family is allergic to it.

Features of the Stretch Sensations Recliner Slipcover

The Stretch Sensations cover is fully machine washable and made from Polyester, an extremely comfortable fabric for long-term use.

As the cover is made using a small amount of Spandex, it should be able to slip over most recliners easily, even oversized models.

As for colors, the Stretch Sensations slip-on cover is available in Beige, Deep Red, and Brown.

Stretch Sensations recliner slipcover


  • Recliner: 24 inches

Measuring isn’t quite as extensive of a problem with this cover. As it’s made of Spandex, it will stretch over most recliners, although we wouldn’t suggest it for large chairs.

In Use

Unfortunately, the instructions were of poor English, making it a little difficult to figure out what to do. Even so, we managed to get the cover fitted in about 20 minutes.

The stretch fabric does make slipping over your recliner a snap; we doubt there are many chairs out there you won’t be able to cover.

Unfortunately, there’s a lack of strain repellent technology or anti-slip with this cover. On a more positive note, it is machine washable, although we’re not sure how many times the fabric will take that kind of punishment.

As for comfort, the Polyester component of the fabric is nice and soft, relaxing into its new position after a few days use. Our only problem was that the material had a habit of collecting lint and dust to it. We needed to hoover it after a few days to keep the cover looking its best.

  • Reasonably cheap for what you’re getting, fits well and machine washable.
  • Not easy to fit thanks to poor English instruction.

Final thoughts on these Recliner Covers and Slipcovers

If you have the money, and you’re only looking to protect your recliner rather than slipcover it, then the Furniture Fresh cover is exactly what you want. It’s stain repellent technology, and anti-slip coating makes it a real winner. Honestly, here at Reclinercize, we feel they are absolutely essential.

If you want a full cover to give your recliner a new lease of life, then the Stretch Sensations slip-on cover is probably what you’ll want to buy. Its Spandex fabric makes fitting easy, plus its machine washable.

Our only major problem is the fact it lacks any form of stain guard, and we’re not 100% sure how machine washing the fabric will work out long term. Even if you want to cover your recliner entirely, it’s worth taking a look at the Furniture Fresh cover to see just how much of your recliner you need to cover up.

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