Pottery Barn Sofa Review: Why I chose a Pottery Barn Slipcovered Sofa

LAST UPDATED: Sep 02, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Oct 02, 2019 | By:

Get all the details about purchasing a Pottery Barn Sofa to help make your decision easier. We’re talking comfort, style and design elements for a Pottery Barn Slipcovered Sofa versus our Ikea model! 

White living room with a white slipcovered sofa in front of a large window, coffee table in front.

Purchasing a Pottery Barn Sofa

We’ve all been there. Choosing a new sofa can be so stressful. We measure, we look at fabric samples, we tape out the shape on the floor for scale and measure again.

We search every local showroom floor, hoping to find the one. It has to be the right style, the right materials, and the right price.

It’s no easy task, friends… and after all that debating, that’s how I ended up choosing our Pottery Barn sofa. 

When we were searching for new sofas for our living room, we knew that we wanted clean, simple lines in an updated traditional style. Above all, I wanted something that would work well for our family- it needed to be comfortable, look good, and hold up to the messes that can come along with three kids.

It’s a question I receive all the time… “Julie, how do you live with such a white house, with white sofas?” The answer lies in one of my best housekeeping tips… I like to see the dirt, so I can clean the dirt. A slipcovered sofa allows me to do just that! 

White living room with a white slipcovered sofa in front of a large window, coffee table in front.

When you can see the dirt, you can clean the dirt. Living with a white slipcovered sofa is actually the ultimate housekeeping hack! 

Get more of my best tips for how to design and maintain a clean house right here. You can also see more of this sofa in action in our living room tour

Pottery Barn Slipcovered Sofa Styles

With that cleaning concept in mind, we chose the York Slope Arm – a Pottery Barn slipcovered sofa that can be cleaned whenever we want, right in the washing machine.

That’s right, I simply throw it in the wash when necessary. Even better? If you want to take your stain protection up a notch, consider one of the Sunbrella High Performance Pottery Barn slipcovers. 

White Pottery Barn slipcovered sofas, antique wooden table with a blue lamp and simple decor in a living room.

Pottery Barn sells several classic slipcovered couch styles. We wanted the traditional look of a full slipcover, with no legs showing. Here’s a few of my favorites, and the ones that we considered when we chose the York Slope Arm. 

  • Comfort Roll/Square Arm– these are so affordable and cute! Not quite as sleek/elegant as the York, so that’s why it won out.
  • Basic Roll Arm – this is the classic Pottery Barn slipcovered sofa. In my opinion, it will never go out of style… however, it’s very close to the Ikea sofa we have at the lake. 
  • Pottery Barn English Arm Slipcovered Sofa  I do love this style, but it wasn’t quite as transitional as we wanted. While I am very traditional, my husband likes a touch more modern.
  • The SoMa Hawthorne – this one is similar to the English Arm, and while it is beautiful, it felt just a touch too traditional for us.

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White Pottery Barn slipcovered sofa, entryway in the background.

Why did the York win out? We loved the sleek, slightly modern line of the sloped arm, and the depth was perfect for us. Because we are minimalists, the design needed to be simple and compliment the rest of our home.

The down-wrapped cushions add a little luxury and it’s so comfortable, even for Netflix binges. In fact, I work on my laptop from this sofa for many hours of the day! 

A Pottery Barn Couch vs. an Ikea Couch

As you can see in the video that goes along with this post, we own the Ikea Ektorp sofas at our lake cottage. We’ve had them for a few years and while they’re holding up so well, there are a few distinct differences when comparing the Pottery Barn couch to the Ikea options. 

  • While the Ektorp is just fine to sit in for a while, it’s simply not quite as comfortable as our Pottery Barn sofa. This works fine for us at the lake because we spend much of our time there outdoors! 
  • The look of the York is a little more luxurious- that down wrapping makes a world of difference in the look and feel of the sofa.
  • I love that the Pottery Barn slipcovered sofas are available in so many fabric options, and they offer free swatches. Ikea is certainly more limited when it comes to slipcovers and covers! 
Cream colored living room with white slipcovered sofas, large coffee table.

Obviously, we all know that you get what you pay for, and quality comes at a steeper price. The Ikea sofa completely suits our needs for the lake and I am super happy with it, especially considering the price point!

However, for long-term lounging and a little more luxurious, high-end feel, the Pottery Barn slipcovered sofa wins out! 

White living room with a white sectional sofa, pillows, and a glass and brass coffee table.

Cleaning Your Pottery Barn Slipcovers

Here’s what I love about slipcovers. When we get a spill on our Pottery Barn couch (ahem, red wine… raises guilty hand!) we can simply remove the cover on that cushion and treat the stain accordingly.

I very rarely need to remove the larger pieces for cleaning- but even when we do, it’s not a big deal. I love knowing that it’s one area of our home that we can keep truly clean with very little effort.

Yes, buying a dark colored or patterned sofa is an easy way to hide the dirt- but that’s exactly what you’re doing. Trapping and hiding the dirt can create some pretty icky build-up over time.

Why not recognize the mess and treat it as you’re able? We treat slipcover stains as we would any other laundry stains- research the type of stain and what treats it best, and we’ve had great luck.

We’ve had everything from markers to red wine on our Pottery Barn slipcovers, and the results are always great! 

White living room with a white sectional sofa, pillows, and a glass and brass coffee table.

Where to Buy Pottery Barn Slipcovers

You can buy slipcovers directly from Pottery Barn, of course. Slipcovers (for the York and so many more) are available in an incredible range of fabrics and you can replace or simply switch out your look at any time. 

However, there are several manufacturers of slipcovers that can fit a variety of their frames. I’ve heard great things about the Comfort Works slipcovers, but we have never tried them. If you’ve bought one of these Pottery Barn slipcovers, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

White Pottery Barn slipcovered sofas, blue blanket draped across, antique wooden table with a blue lamp and simple decor in a living room.

Purchase Details

We have the York slope arm sofa and a loveseat as well. Sofa details: 

White Pottery Barn slipcovered sofas, antique wooden table with a blue lamp and simple decor in a living room.

My best tip when you’re considering this purchase? Wait for a sale! Pottery Barn almost always runs a sale for anywhere from 20-30% off your purchase. This can save you a significant amount of money!

We’re also very lucky to have a Pottery Barn outlet here in St. Louis, and I’ve seen some incredibly beautiful sofas in there at bargain prices. It’s worth the drive if you have one nearby! 

What are your thoughts? Do you own a slipcovered sofa? Are you team slipcover, or are you more into traditional upholstery? I’d love to hear from you!

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