If you’re thinking about ordering a Pottery Barn slipcovered sofa, I’m here to share more about ours! I’ve had my Pottery Barn white slipcovered sofa for about eight months now. You might recall that I had a similar sofa with the same fabric slipcover years ago, so I was confident when purchasing this one that I would love it. And I do! Ours is called the York, you can find the exact model here.
Since I get a lot of comments and questions about it, I thought it was high time I do a little update to answer some FAQ!
What are the benefits of a bench seat?
I personally love the bench style seat. It makes it extra comfortable as an extra bed or nap spot! And if you have a lot of people needing to squish onto the sofa at one time, no one has to sit on (or avoid falling in) the crack.
Are the cushions and deep seat comfortable?
The cushions are a down blend so they are soft! Our family is on the “smaller side” with shorter legs, but we find this sofa very comfy. If you choose the deep seat, you will likely want to put some pillows behind your back, unless you are super long-legged! But that’s one of the things I love about it. It’s the kind of sofa you want to curl up on, so I think the depth, the sloped arms and silhouette makes it all the more cozy and inviting. An added benefit is the dimensions make it a perfect sized twin bed! We use regular twin sheets on it for guests and it works great.
How do you like the denim slipcover?
The main reason I chose this sofa and the cotton denim fabric was due to the versatile style, quality and ease of maintenance. Our slipcovers are the Warm White Denim and the color is lovely–a soft white (not cream!). It goes well with our casual coastal style (I think in general this style of sofa with the sloped arm versus rolled arms would look equally at home in a farmhouse or contemporary room!). Our last white sofa had this same slipcover so I was confident in this decision before I even got it! It is still so soft, durable and machine washable. Of course, you can get this sofa or a new slipcover a wide range of fabrics!
How do you keep a white slipcover clean?
It has been very easy to keep clean in between washings and simple to wash the slipcovers in the machine. For in-between washings I spot clean with Thieves Household Cleaner.
Unlike my experience with IKEA sofa slipcovers, the denim fabric on our Pottery Barn sofa is so much softer to the touch, and it doesn’t attract as much hair or fuzz as our white IKEA Ektorp slipcover did. It doesn’t get as wrinkled, either! I just take the covers out of the dryer and put them back on before they are completely dry.
How does the slipcovered sofa hold up to your dogs?
It’s a white sofa, so it doesn’t hide everything. But that’s one of the things I love about it. I like my sofa to be clean, so trying to hide dirt or gross messes isn’t really my intention. I’d rather just do the spot cleaning when I see a need.
If you have a dark haired pet you might prefer a darker couch, but our dogs don’t shed so that really isn’t an issue for us. The machine washable slipcovers do make it easier to keep feeling fresh, though. No white fabric is ever “no maintenance” so that’s something to keep in mind.
When my dogs were puppies I gave up and got my leather sofa (above). Since it was our main sofa and we had so many puppies, I loved how easy the leather was to keep clean!
I’ve tried to uphold a no dog on the white sofa rule in this house, but Jack chooses to defy my rules. He still leaps up here on occasion, tosses the throw pillows on the flow and tries to dig the fluff out of the seat. But so far, I’m happy to report there has been no lasting damage!
(Read more about how we keep our house clean with dogs here).
All things considered, I still find it quite easy to keep this sofa clean. Of course, our dogs do love to sit on the back cushions so they are always a bit smooshed. But it just looks cozy and lived in! It’s easy to fluff up the cushions, and you can even add additional inserts to firm the up if that bothers you.
And if you have kids, I think you’ll love how easy it is to wash the slipcovers and keep them looking clean!
Overall, our Pottery Barn white slipcovered sofa is very comfortable and easy to care for. It’s a classic sofa that should last for years (I also love that it has a hardwood frame!), so I am very happy with it!