How to Measure a Couch for a Couch Cover - Nolan Interior

How to Measure a Couch for a Couch Cover

guide you through the process of accurately measuring your couch and matching these dimensions to our specific sofa cover sizes. We’ll offer an easy step-by-step approach to measuring every part of your sofa.

Transforming your living space with a couch cover is a cost-effective way to extend the life of your sofa and add a new touch to your decor. However, the key to achieving a great look and ensuring that your cover lasts is getting the right fit. 

This blog post will guide you through the process of accurately measuring your couch and matching these dimensions to our specific sofa cover sizes. We’ll offer an easy step-by-step approach to measuring every part of your sofa. Whether you're aiming to conceal your couch's wear and tear or just refreshing your interior design, it’s important to get the measurements right for your sofa cover.

Step 1: Understanding Couch Cover Dimensions

woman installing couch cover

Components of a Couch: Seat, Back, and Chaise

Before we get into the specifics of couch cover dimensions, I want to go over the three primary components of a couch that require measurement: the seat, the back, and the chaise, if applicable. Understanding these elements and how they come together to form your couch is important when measuring your couch.

The seat refers to the main seating area of the couch, where you sit. The back is the rear portion that supports your back when you sit, while the chaise is the extended section of some couches where you can stretch out your legs.

Couch Cover Dimension Ranges

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It's important to remember that each component of your couch - seat, back, and chaise - will require individual measurements.

Seat Cover Size:

Our seat covers are designed to fit seats with the following dimensions:

Length: 25.6 - 33.5 inches

Width: 25.6 - 33.5 inches

Height: 2 - 7.9 inches

The length and width ensure the cover fully encompasses the seating area, while the height measurement is important for different cushion thicknesses.

Back Cover Size:

For the back cover size, we cater to these dimensions:

Length: 31.5 - 39.4 inches

Width: 19.7 - 25.6 inches

Height: 2 - 7.9 inches

The back cover is often slightly larger than the seat cover to provide ample coverage for the backrest of the couch, taking into account varying cushion sizes and couch designs.

Chaise Cover Size:

For couches with a chaise section, our chaise covers have the following size range:

Length: 63 - 74.8 inches

Width: 37.4 - 47.2 inches

Height: 2 - 7.9 inches

The chaise cover is notably larger to accommodate the extended design of this particular couch component.

The Importance of Accurate Measurements

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Taking accurate measurements is crucial to ensure your new sofa covers fit snugly and securely. Too large, and your covers may slip and slide, failing to protect your couch adequately and detracting from your living room aesthetic. Too small, and you risk the covers not fitting over your couch at all.

Understanding these dimensions and ranges will enable you to measure your couch accurately, ensuring you find the perfect fit when choosing your new couch covers. In the following sections, we'll guide you through the measuring process step by step, so you can confidently compare your couch's measurements with our cover sizes.

Step 2: Measuring Your Couch

Grab Your Tools

tools to measure a sofa

Make sure to grab your measuring tape, a pen, and paper. A flexible measuring tape is best for measuring furniture since it can easily bend around corners and curves. A pen and paper will be useful for noting down the measurements as you go along.

Step-by-Step Guide to Couch Measurement

sectional sofa with couch covers

Getting the correct measurements for your couch can be a bit challenging, but with a systematic approach, it becomes much easier. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process:

Measure the Length

Start with the length of your couch. For the seat cushion, measure from one end of the seat cushion to the other. Similarly, for the back cushion, measure from one end of the cushion to the other. Remember to take this measurement at the longest point if your couch's backrest is curved.

Measure the Width

Next, you'll measure the width of your couch. For the seat, this is essentially the depth of your seat cushion from the front to the back. Start your measurement from the edge of the seat closest to you, extend your tape to the back of the seat where it meets the backrest. For the backrest, measure its thickness from the point it connects with the seat to the furthest point backward.

Measure the Height

Lastly, the height of your couch. For the seat cover, you're interested in the thickness of your seat cushion. Measure from the bottom to the top of the cushion at its thickest point. For the back cover, start from the top of the seat where it meets the backrest and extend your tape to the highest point of the backrest.

Remember to repeat this process for each part of your couch: the seat, back, and if present, the chaise. Each measurement is important to make sure your new couch cover will fit perfectly.

Tips for Accurate Measurements

measuring tape

Make sure your measuring tape is flat and straight when taking measurements. If it bends or twists, it can distort your measurements. It's also a good idea to take each measurement twice to confirm accuracy. Writing down each measurement as you go along will also help prevent any mix-ups.

Step 3: Comparing Your Measurements to the Sofa Cover Sizes

couch with sofa covers

Reviewing Your Couch Measurements

Once you have all your measurements recorded, it's time to compare them to the sofa cover dimensions we provide. Carefully review your notes and cross-reference each dimension (length, width, height) for each part of your couch (seat, back, chaise) with the respective dimension ranges provided for our sofa covers.

Assessing the Fit

living room with section couch with couch covers

When Your Measurements Are Within Range:

If all your couch measurements fall within our specified ranges, congratulations! You can be confident that our covers will fit your couch perfectly.

When Your Measurements Are Slightly Off:

What if your measurements are just slightly outside the provided range? If the discrepancy is minor (say, less than an inch), our covers may still fit. Couch covers are designed with a certain degree of flexibility to stretch and adjust to your couch's shape. However, it’s important to be aware that they may not fit perfectly.

When Your Measurements Are Far Off:

If your measurements are significantly different from our specified ranges, it's likely our standard covers won't fit your couch adequately. In this scenario, you should look for covers that will fit your dimensions.

Navigating Uncertainty

Even with careful measuring and comparing, you may still feel uncertain. Remember, it's normal to seek help in these situations. If you're unsure, don't hesitate to contact us for assistance. We can guide you through the process and provide advice tailored to your particular situation.

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Ensuring that you've accurately measured your couch and properly compared those measurements to the sofa cover dimensions is important in guaranteeing a great fit. A well-fitted cover not only looks great but also lasts longer, providing you with peace of mind and a refreshing new look for your living space.


Finding the right fit for your couch cover comes down to careful and precise measurement. Accurate measurement and comparison to our provided sofa cover sizes ensure that you select the perfect cover to extend your couch's life and enhance your living space aesthetics.

While it might seem like a challenging task, following our comprehensive guide will make the process straightforward and manageable. Whether you're looking to protect your new couch, give your old one a makeover, or simply switch up your living room style, our sofa covers offer a flexible, cost-effective solution.