White sofas often get a bad rap for being hard to care for with daily life. In this post I’m sharing an honest review of my Pottery Barn Slipcovered Sofas that we have had in our beach home for 4 years now. You can find the PB Sofa by clicking right > HERE <
I’m often asked about how I live with so much white in my home. I have to say that I keep a VERY clean home environment and by utilizing a few mantras it’s pretty easy. In our beach home, we aren’t here full time and from the get-go I decided that it would be easier to keep clean if it was clutter free. We have had this place for 16 years now and I’ve tried to stick by that and it does make sense. As for white…in both homes we have opted for white upholstered furniture and everything is either slipcovered or constructed with heavy duty fabrics that can be spot cleaned. In the bedrooms the sheets and blankets are always white, and I’ve talked about that more in THIS POST. If you stop and think about it, white shows us where the dirt is and that makes it a no-brainer for washing or spot treating. Darker colors get just as dirty, or possible more..since the dirt is hidden! My husband’s office at the house has a darker sofa and I try and stay far away!
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Pros Of White Slipcovered Sofas
- Easy to keep clean, just toss in the wash and dry until slightly damp. Then put on the cushions and they will be less wrinkled than if you dry completely.
- You can easily see where the dirt is. Spot treat if necessary and wash when they need more help. I find that the areas where your calves rest show the body oils and then I know that it’s time.
- White slipcovered sofas have a relaxed appeal, They are perfect for many decorating styles from a coastal theme, modern farmhouse or French country as well.
- I cannot find any cons for owning white slipcovered sofas to be honest, unless you don’t like a relaxed somewhat wrinkled vibe.
White sofas are in both of our homes and yes, these pups are allowed on the furniture. In THIS POST I shared a hack for protecting the seats and show how to make sofa covers easily. While my kids are grown and I don’t have to deal with grape juice spills and chocolate faces, we do have those three dogs and entertain and have guests. Couch slipcovers can go in the laundry and on my Pottery Barn slipcovers I wash them when they are looking dingy.
This is not sponsored and I purchased these Pottery Barn Slipcovered Sofas with my own money. In our living room at the Miami house my white sofa that is the button tufted French style piece has a slipcovered cushion. I knew that I wanted the same durability as that, and when we went looking for a new sofa and loveseat for our beach home it had to be white cotton twill. While it’s not one of today’s “performance fabrics”, it does perform and hold up beautifully and is very heavy duty. I suggest when you are looking for couch slipcovers you go for something like a twill or a white denim. These are the precursors to performance fabric and will stand the test of time from my experience.
PB White Slipcovered Sofas vs. IKEA (Ektorp)
We did go to both Ikea and Pottery Barn and try out the sofas in person. There is no comparison and I do love Ikea, but their furniture quality simply cannot compare to PB. My mom gave me the advice early in my marriage to buy the best quality sofas and beds that you can afford and I agree wholeheartedly. The rest she said…it doesn’t matter as much in terms of quality, since you won’t be depending on your nightly sleep or sitting when you want comfort and durability. My mom perhaps was a bit ahead of her time, as I recall slipcovers on our living room furniture growing up. One set was a velvet for cooler months and one set a twill. Pottery Barn slipcovered sofas are made to order in the U.S. and we selected down-blend-wrapped flame-retardant-free cushions for a softer feel. Quality often comes with a higher price, so we saved up for these and purchased them when we could. PB often has sales, so look for that and strike while the iron is hot!
We purchased the PB COMFORT ROLL ARM SLIPCOVERED SOFA in the Sofa Size and the Loveseat Size. As mentioned they are super comfortable and have a relaxed look. If you are looking for complete perfection and don’t care for wrinkles, then I would say to look for something more structured. These are relaxed and have that perfect beach house vibe that we love.
Suggested Care And Maintenance
- Rotate cushions and vacuum regularly.
- As with all fabrics, to prevent fading keep out of direct sunlight.
- Blot spills immediately with a clean white rag, towel or sponge.
- Spot treat with something like Oxyclean when necessary.
- When necessary, machine wash in cool water, tumble dry on low and put slipcovers back on when slightly damp.
Those are my suggested care instructions and I don’t claim to be an expert, therefore can’t be held accountable if this doesn’t work for you. It has worked for me and the sofas have been holding up great for the four years that we have owned them! I also love white sofa for the ease of adding in any decorating accents and styling for the seasons. Simply add seasonal flowers (peonies and hydrangeas in this case), a soft cozy throw, perhaps a tray and some books on your coffee table and you are good to go.
Would I recommend the PB COMFORT ROLL ARM SLIPCOVERED SOFAS? Definitely a YES on that and if you have a chance to get into one of the Pottery Barn stores, I would recommend testing out the comfort on your own. I’m here to answer any questions that you may have from my experience as well!