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Recliner Covers and Slipcovers: Protect Your Furniture

by | Sep 1, 2017 | 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 2017

1. Sofa Shield Reversible Recliner Cover

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


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


The Sofa Shield protector comes in a range of colors, from the traditional beige and brown models, to colourful options like bright blue, green and pink. The cover is held to the seat base with adjustable and elasticated straps, which hold in place extremely 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.


  • 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 extremely strong, 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 realise it was fitted anymore.

Pros: Well made, easy to use and relaxes well.

Cons: Doesn’t cover the entire seat, this is more of a protector than a complete replacement.

2. Furniture Fresh Recliner Covers

with Anti-Slip Grib

Our Rating: 4.1 Stars (4.1/5)
Material Polyester & 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 really does stop the cover moving as you use the recliner, something that can really be a pain with cheap covers.

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

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


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 an obvious 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.


  • Recliner: 23 inches

Although this cover fit 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 really 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.

3. Stretch Sensations Recliner Slipcover

Our Rating: 3.4 Stars (3.4/5)
Material 96-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, that 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 every 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.


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.


  • Recliner: 24 inches

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

Pros: Reasonably cheap for what you’re getting, fits well and machine washable.

Cons: Not terribly easy to fit thanks to poor English instruction.

Final thoughts

If you have the money, and you’re only looking to protect your recliner rather than slip cover it, then the Furniture Fresh cover is exactly what you want. It’s stain repellent technology and anti-slip coating make it a real winner.

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 it’s 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 completely cover your recliner, 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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