How to Measure Chair for Slipcover

Are you looking to give an old, worn-out chair a fresh new look? With a slipcover, you can transform the look of your furniture without having to shell out brand-new pieces.

Slipcovers not only add color and texture to any room but also help protect beloved chairs from spills and wear. However, finding the correct size slipcover isn’t always easy. To make sure your cover fits perfectly around your chair, it is important that you first understand how to measure it correctly – read on for our guide on how to measure chair for slipcover!

How to Measure Chair for Slipcover

What Is the Standard Size of Chair Slipcover?

The standard size of chair slipcovers depends on the shape and style of the chair. Slipcover sizes for square chairs typically range from 25 to 30 inches wide, 24 to 36 inches deep, and 31 to 38 inches high. For barrel-shaped chairs, look for slipcovers that are 54 to 63 inches long with a circumference of 56 to 64 inches. For wing chairs, the width should be between 28 and 38 inches, with a depth of between 32 and 40 inches and a height of 40 to 46 inches.

If you have an odd-shaped chair, measure the chair thoroughly before shopping for a slipcover. The measurements should include the length, width, and height as well as the circumference of any curved areas. This will help you find a slipcover that fits perfectly to your chair. When measuring for a slipcover, remember to add about two extra inches in each direction for a better fit. This will also allow for some shrinkage when washing the slipcover.

So, when shopping, make sure you look at the product’s size chart and measure accurately before buying it. With careful measurements and quality materials, you can have a nicely-fitted chair slipcover that adds beauty and comfort to your living space.

10 Methods How to Measure Chair for Slipcover

1. Use a Measuring Tape:

Take a flexible measuring tape and measure the width of your chair from the outside edge of one arm to the other. Once you have the width measurement, measure from the back of your chair to the front of it. Then, determine how deep your chair is by measuring from the top of the backrest to the front edge of your seat. If you have a cushion, measure from the top of the backrest to the underside of the seat. Finally, measure from the floor to the top of the backrest.

Take a Flexible Measuring Tape

2. Measure Seat Height:

Measure the height of your chair from the floor to the top edge of the seat cushion. This measurement is important when selecting a chair slipcover because it will determine the length of the skirt and leg openings.

Measure carefully to avoid purchasing an ill-fitting slipcover. If in doubt, it’s always a good idea to round up the measurement to ensure you have enough fabric. Although the extra fabric can be tucked in or pinned, it’s better to have too much than not enough. Try to get the exact measurement for the best results.

3. Measure Seat Depth:

Measure from front to back along the top edge of your chair’s seat cushion. Take your time and make sure you are getting an accurate measurement. Measure from the front edge to the back edge of the seat cushion, then round up to the next whole number. Make sure you record this measurement, as it is important for selecting the right size slipcover.

While you are measuring, be sure to also check the seat’s height. This measurement is taken from the floor to the top of your chair’s seat cushion. This can help you determine if your chair is standard or barstool height. Again, make sure to record this measurement. You will need it when selecting the correct slip cover.

Selecting the Right Size Slipcover

4. Note Arm Height:

Measure from the floor to the armrest on both sides. Record this measurement in inches. This measurement is important in deciding which slipcover size will fit the chair properly. If the armrests are too high or wide for a standard-size slipcover, a custom size will need to be made. While measuring, be sure to take into account how much extra fabric needs to be used in order to stretch it over the arms.

If the armrests are too low for an off-the-shelf slipcover, the fabric may also need to be shortened from the top. However, it is always best to buy the slipcover size that matches the armrest height as closely as possible.

5. Measure Arm Width:

Measure the width of each arm from the outside edge to the other, starting at the top of your chair’s armrests. This is the distance between two points on opposite sides of the chair. For armless chairs, measure the width from one outside edge to the other, starting at the back of the seat. Record this measurement and use it to compare with slipcover measurements. While some slipcovers come with adjustable arms, it’s usually best to match your chair’s arm width as closely as possible.

6. Note Skirt Length:

Measure from the floor to the bottom of the seat cushion on all sides and record this measurement in inches. This will ensure that your slipcover has a good fit and the desired length. If you want a full skirt, you will need to add an additional inch or two to your measurement. Next, you will need to consider how much fabric you will need to cover the chair’s legs. To do this, measure around the circumference of each leg and add the measurements together.

Finally, if you would like a tailored look, you will need to take measurements of the front and back skirt panels. Take the measurement from the top edge of the seat cushion to 1-2 inches above the floor and record this measurement.

Consider How Much Fabric You Will Need

7. Measure Back Height:

Measure from the top of your chair’s seat cushion to the top of its backrest. This will help you determine the type and size of slipcover that is ideal for your chair. Keep in mind that back heights are measured from the floor up to the top of the backrest. If your chair has a loose cushion that can be removed, measure from the floor up to the top of the backrest.

However, if your chair has a built-in cushion, measure from the top of the seat cushion to the top of the backrest. This will better ensure an accurate fit for your slipcover.

8. Consider Back Width:

Measure from one outside edge of the backrest to the other. Record this measurement in inches. If the backrest of your chair is contoured, measure both the widest and narrowest points and record each measurement. If your chair has wings, measure from the edge of one wing to the other. Your slipcover should be able to accommodate both measurements. Try to select a slipcover that is slightly larger than the measurements you have taken to allow for ease of installation.

9. Evaluate Chair Shape:

Determine if your chair has a unique shape or features that could affect how it is covered with a slipcover, such as tight corners, rolled arms, and an exposed wood frame. Be sure to make a note of these features when measuring your chair for the slipcover. It is also important to consider how much fabric will be needed to cover the shape of your chair and how much tucking, pleating, or gathering will be involved to get a smooth fit.

While most slipcovers are made to fit standard chairs, unique shapes may require additional fabric and customization. If your chair is a unique shape, make sure to factor that in when measuring for the slipcover.

10. Check Arm Style:

Is your arm style straight or curved? If curved, be sure to take note of how much curvature there is so you can accommodate it when ordering your slipcover. Measure the distance from the outside of one arm to the outside of the other. Make sure to measure both arms and note any differences if there are any.

Also, make sure to measure from the seat of the chair up to the arms. This will help you determine if you need a box-style cushion or a t-style cushion for your slipcover. With this information in hand, you should be ready to order your slipcover with ease!

T-style Cushion for Your Slipcover


If you’re looking for a slipcover for your chair, it’s important to get the measurements right. Otherwise, the slipcover will be too big or small and won’t fit properly. To measure a chair for a slipcover, start by measuring the width of the chair from arm to arm. Then, measure the height of the back of the chair from top to bottom.
Finally, measure the length of the seat from front to back. With these three measurements, you’ll be able to find a slipcover that fits your chair perfectly. We hope this guide on how to measure chair for slipcover was helpful. Please share it with your friends on social media if you find it useful. And be sure to check back here soon for more informative guides like this one.

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Adrian Green

Adrian is a woodworking hobbyist and has loved Woodworking since he was 10 years old. Back then in childhood, his father used to have a furniture shop. He used to help his dad and learned a lot from him about how to fix woodworking furniture, basic carpentry knowledge and also about how to work hard and take care of business. He enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He loves the feeling of creating something with his own hands, and the satisfaction that comes from seeing his finished products used by others.

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