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My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa – FAQ

by | Apr 24, 2019 | Decorating Inspiration, My Living Room, My Seattle House

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If you’re thinking about ordering a York 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.

My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa - FAQ

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! I hope you find these answers helpful as you are trying to decide the features that are right for you in a new sofa.

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. 

My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa - FAQ

Are the York Pottery Barn 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!

My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa - FAQ

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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. We also use thin reversible blankets on our sofas and chairs in seasons when the dogs might be prone to coming home from a walk with muddy paws. The blankets look great with our decor, and are easy to wash, so the slipcovers stay clean longer. You can see a few of our blankets for slipcovers here.

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.

However, in our new home we also have Ektorp furniture and found these affordable white slipcovers that are just as nice as the white denim Pottery Barn but they are made for our IKEA pieces.

My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa - FAQ

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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.

My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa - FAQ

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!

My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa - FAQ

Overall, our York 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! 

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  1. MaryLisa Noyes

    I just used the 25% off on the Cameron slipcover sofa bed. They had it in the Palm Desert store to look at last month so I waited and bought it last night. It arrives in June. I have the PB comfort sofa and my slipcover is 9 years old. It’s the way to go…

  2. Hillary

    Your Instagram story with one of the pups knocking all the back cushions off the sofa one by one made me chuckle! I’m curious if you often eat snacks or meals sitting on your white couch? Especially since we don’t have any kiddos yet, my hubs and I like to eat our meals on the couch and watch a TV show together a couple times a week. I want a new couch and am drawn to lighter colors but I’m worried about that!!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      We do! If we fear making a mess we’ll just put a sheet or blanket on the furniture, something we can just toss in the wash! <3 Glad you enjoyed the Instagram story, Jack sure keeps us busy ... and laughing. :)

  3. Dennine

    I love Pottery Barn sofa but I’ve seen so many of the cushions become very sloppy/frumpy. Do you have a recent picture of your sofa now? I’d like see how it’s holding up please

  4. Rachael

    My York Grand sofa just arrived yesterday, I’ve had my eye on it for almost 2 years!! I was looking for inspiration on how to use my the pillows other than the standard way & instead add different ones to add character & color & came across your page. Great tips!! I love your use of pillow options! Totally gonna use that.
    By the way, I adore your boho stool:) Where may I ask did you get it?

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