No Slipping, No Sliding: Finding Pet Couch Covers that Stay in Place

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Slipping and sliding are some of the most common complaints about couch covers. To maintain full protection for your couch at all times, you can’t have sloppiness like that. Couches made of slick materials like leather is more likely to not hold the couch covers in place. But there’s a solution to that. 

Here’s our top pick for pet couch covers that stay in place:

Couch cover for pets: pet couch covers that stay in place

If you decide on getting a couch cover, you may be wondering how to make sure that the cover stays in place. A couch cover can protect your couch from digging, scratching, chewing, and from pet hair. But it can be frustrating if it keeps slipping and sliding. 

Here are a few ideas to make sure your couch cover stays exactly where you want it to.

Foam Inserts

Some couch covers come with foam inserts. But you can also purchase these separately for extra security. With foam inserts, you simply place them into the cracks of the couch, like the back or the arms of the couch). They will help to keep the cover in place.

No-skid Backing

A cover that has a non-skid backing is important. This is especially true if you have a leather couch. The smooth slippery surface of leather means the cover will move and slide on your couch. 

A non-skid rubber layer on the back of the cover works to hold the cover in place. It grips to the surface of the couch without damaging it.

Cover Straps

Some couch covers come with cover straps included. But these cover straps can also be purchased separately if you need them. These straps are elastic and adjustable and go around the back or bottom of the couch to keep the cover in place.

How to choose wisely: What is the best couch cover for dogs?

To make sure that you get the best couch cover for dogs, make sure to look out for when picking a couch cover.

Durable fabric

The fabric should be scratch resistant. Some dogs love to dig or scratch, and their claws can sometimes snag the couch material. Look for a material that has a tight weave, like olefin or denim, which will be able to withstand your dog’s digging and scratching.

Pet Hair Resistant

A material like microfiber is a great option for a couch cover because pet hair can easily be removed with a lint roller or brush. On the other hand, try to avoid delicate fabrics, like velvet or silk. Any textured fabric should be avoided, because pet hair gets stuck in the fibers easily.


It is important that the cover that you chose is waterproof. Waterproof fabrics repel any mess or accidents. Whether it is water from a wet dog, or her muddy paws. A waterproof fabric allows you to wipe the fabric clean if it gets wet, making it easier for quick cleanups.

Stays In Place

A cover should have a no-skid backing, straps, or some other way of keeping the cover in place. If a couch cover slips and slides, and exposing the couch underneath, then it cannot offer total protection.

Choosing pet couch covers that stay in place

There are so many couch covers available on the market. The construction is similar in most. But here are our best picks for pet couch covers that stay in place.

Gorilla Grip Original Slip Resistant Couch Slipcover

Best suede-like pet seat cover that stay in place

This cover is made by the brand Gorilla Grip, which specializes in their special slip resistant backing. This cover has Gorilla Grip backing which will make sure that the cover stays in place, even with dogs jumping up onto the couch. It also comes with two straps that will keep the cover securely in place.

This cover is perfect for lounge chairs and can come in small (fitting a 23 inch wide seat) and large (fitting a 48 inch wide seat). The soft suede covering can come in many colors options.

The material is thick and soft to the touch, making it comfortable for both you and your pet. Another great thing about this cover is that it easily repels liquids and pet hair. It is also machine washable (wash on cold).

This cover is safe to use on both leather and fabric couches and the slip resistant backing works great on any type of couch.

Gorilla Grip Original Velvet Slip Resistant Couch Slipcover

Best velvet pet seat slipcover that stay in place

If you are looking for a velvet cover, this one by Gorilla Grip is our favorite. The velvet is so soft, comfortable, and cozy, and it also has a thick padding, adding to the comfort level.

This cover is great at repelling pet hair and dirty paws, as well as other every day messes like crumbs and dirty shoes.

The back of this cover has the Gorilla Grip non-slip backing which will keep your cover perfectly in place. The cover also comes with two inch straps that go around the back to keep the cover securely where you want it.

This cover is easy to clean. It can be washed on cold in the washer and then left to air dry. For best results, wash your cover before you use it for the first time.

This cover is designed to fit a 26 inch recliner seat and can come in 4 color options.

H. Versailtex 100% Waterproof Recliner Slipcover

Best quilted pet seat slipcover that stay in place

This cover is made out of soft, quilted microfiber and it has a 100% waterproof backing. The cover is great to protect your furniture from pet fur, accidents, and stains, as well as spills. It is also durable and can withstand normal wear and tear.

The back of the cover has a non-slip backing in an adorable rubber paw print design, which ensures that the cover stays on the seat without budging. You can use this cover on both leather and fabric couches.

You can select from many colors for this cover. The cover is designed for a reclining chair and can come with a 22 inch seat width or a 30 inch seat width.

The recliner cover is very comfortable and has five layers of quilted material. For added convenience, this cover is machine washable. Toss it in the washer and wash it in cold water on the gentle cycle.

Floppy Ears Design Waterproof Couch Protector

Best microfiber pet couch cover that stay in place

This cover is made of microfiber and polyester, but it has an inviting suede look and feel. This couch cover can fit a two cushion loveseat, a two cushion couch, or a three cushion couch.

This cover stays nicely in place thanks to simple ties and rubber that goes between the cushions. Simple cloth ties secures the protector in place. And the rubber anchors further secure the protector.

It will not move even with your dog jumping on and off the couch. It is a great way to keep your furniture clean and fur free, and it is also waterproof (a must for pet owners).

This cover is very durable and will be able to withstand your dog digging, chewing, or scratching.

This cover is machine washable and it will do its job on both leather and fabric couches. Choose from three color options.

PureFit Reversible Quilted Sofa Cover

Best microfiber pet couch cover that stay in place

This cover is very comfortable and it is made of quilted microfiber fabric. It has three layers and a foam filling, making it so soft and comfortable.

This cover will protect your couch from your dog’s nails, as well as accidents. It is tough and is built to be able to handle the daily wear and tear of your favorite piece of furniture. It will always stay in place thanks to the non-slip foam anchors. This cover also comes with adjustable back straps to make sure that the cover does not move at all.

This cover is very easy to install and care for. To install, you simply drape it on your couch, tuck the fabric in, add the anchors, and tighten the adjustable back strap. It can be washed in the machine in cold water and after washing, it will look brand new.

A neat thing about this cover is that it is reversible! You can easily change the color of your couch just by flipping the cover over. You can also get the cover in large or extra large, so you are sure to find a cover that is perfect for your couch and home.

How do I secure a sofa slipcover? 

Here’s how you can secure your sofa slipcover to make sure it stays in place. 

  1. When you get a new slipcover, wash and dry it so that it is clean and smooth. 
  2. Put the slipcover on the center of the couch and spread it smooth outwardly. 
  3. Tuck the fabric into the back and arms of the couch. Many slipcovers come with ties or hook and loop systems to ensure that the cover stays in place.

How can I cover my couch cheaply?

Many couch covers are affordable and can be purchased at big retail stores like Walmart and Target. But if you would rather, you can use an extra sheet you have at your home as your sheet cover! 

If you have a spare king size sheet, you can turn that into a washable couch cover. Just lay the sheet onto the couch you want to cover and tuck the ends into the arms and back of the couch.

Another way you can cover your couch with sheets is with two queen sized or larger sheets. Take the cushions off of your couch and place the first sheet onto the couch, covering the back and body of the couch. Make sure you tuck the sheet in so that there is not much excess. If you want, you can use upholstery pins to keep it in place.

Out of your second sheet, cut small pieces that will just fit over the arms. Use upholstery pins to pin the arm material to the arms. With your remaining sheet piece, place the couch cushions onto it, face down, and wrap the cushions. Secure the cushions with upholstery pins or safety pins, and remember that if the entire bottom of the cushions are not covered, it’s okay because no one will see the bottom.

Then just place the wrapped cushions back onto the couch and smooth out any wrinkles. Now, you have a new, cheap couch cover.

Full instructions can be found here.

Can I use a fitted sheet as a couch cover?

If you want to use fitted sheets, you will need a couple of cheap fitted sheets in a solid color or a simple pattern that you like. Fold a fitted sheet in half and cut it down through the middle. 

Snag the corner of one arm with the fitted sheet, tucking it under the couch cushion and pulling it down the side to be tucked under your couch. Repeat on the other side.

With another fitted sheet, spread it onto the body of the couch, also covering the cushions, draping it down to the bottom, where it can be tucked under the couch. If you have a larger couch, you may want to stitch multiple fitted sheets together to fit the entire length of the couch.

Use upholstery pins or safety pins to keep everything in place.

Full instructions can be found here