Have you already found the outdoor furniture of your dreams? Well done, you! Now you just need to make sure that it lasts you for more than one season. It's only logical to invest in good patio chair covers to protect your furniture throughout winter and the harshest weather conditions without having to waste precious storage space by bringing everything indoors.
Not sure how to choose patio chair covers that would protect them properly without becoming an eyesore in your garden? No worries: we've got you - and your chairs - covered.
What Is the Right Size for Patio Chair Covers?
Your covers must fit your chairs like a glove. To avoid disappointment or time-consuming returns, it's vital to measure the chair before purchasing them.
While it's pretty obvious why choosing patio chair covers that are too small would backfire, going for something too big instead of measuring them is just as bad: the covers can end up touching the floor and building up dirt and water, or even fly away in the wind.
Regardless of the shape and design of your chairs, follow these three steps:
To determine the correct width, measure your chair from side to side in its widest point;
Find the deepest dimension from the chair-front to its back to calculate the right depth;
Measure your chair from the ground up to its tallest point to have the correct height.
If you're buying a cover for multiple plastic chairs, make sure they're already stacked before measuring them.
What Is the Best Material for Patio Chair Covers?
We're sure that, when you picked your beautiful outdoor furniture, you've taken comfort and aesthetics into account. However, when it comes to choosing patio chair covers, functionality should come first: it's important to focus on materials that ensure weather resistance and durability.
For these reasons, synthetic materials will be your best choice, such as:
- breathable and highly UV-resistant polyester
- vinyl, which is very effective for particularly heavy rains
- cheaper stain-resistant polypropylene.
What Features Should I Consider for My Patio Chair Covers?
Choosing a durable and weather-resistant material is a great start and, in some cases (like with cheaper plastic chairs), that might be all you need to worry about. However, it might be worth considering these features to avoid unpleasant surprises after winter:
If you've got pets that enjoy chewing at your furniture or scratching it with their sharp nails, look for tear-resistant covers;
If you live in a particularly windy area, a drawcord or some tie-downs will be a practical feature to stop your covers from flying away;
Essential if your outdoor furniture is expected to withstand lots of rain but a wise choice in general, breathable side panels or vents avoid common problems like moisture buildup and mildew; not only they reduce the risk of condensation by allowing the air to move through the cover and around the chair, but they also minimize ballooning on the windiest days.
What's the Right Color for My Patio Chair Covers?
The fact that patio chair covers are mainly functional doesn't mean that they must look boring! Now that we've covered their practical features, you can get creative with the aesthetic side of things:
Choosing the same color as the chairs that they're hiding can help you maintain an element of familiarity;
If you want them to be the key to a cohesive palette, choose the accent color of your garden, patio and house exteriors, such as the hue that you've picked for your fence, mailbox, house numbers or wall décor;
If, on the contrary, you'd rather shift the focus towards other more decorative elements in your patio, go for neutral tones like gray, light brown or matte black.
Do you remember everything we've covered? Let's take no risks!
Measure your chairs before choosing patio chair covers: they must fit them perfectly!
Stick to synthetic materials like vinyl, polyester and polypropylene that can ensure waterproof and weather-resistant properties
Have you considered features such as tear resistance (if you've got mischievous pets), drawcords and tie-downs for particularly windy locations, or breathable vents to avoid moisture buildups?
As for colors, you can either pick one from your patio's palette to ensure consistency, the same as the chairs for a familiar feel, or neutral tones to keep the focus on other more decorative elements.