If you want your stylish outdoor chairs and table to last you for many more summers, it's vital to invest in protective patio furniture covers that keep them safe during the coldest and harshest months, too. You can either opt for neutral colors that shift the attention towards other elements in your garden, bright shades that immediately stand out, or the same ones as your existing palette for a consistent look. Either way, it's important to figure out exactly what type of covers you need.
Depending on what pieces of garden furniture you own, there are several options: covers for larger individual chairs, taller models for stackable ones, and covers for sofas.
If you have a wide but fairly regular-shaped dining set, you can save yourself some time and money by investing in a large cover for the entire area instead of many separate elements.
Whatever you choose, your patio furniture covers must fit them meticulously. If they touch the ground, you could encounter mold or mildew and, if they're oversized, you'll probably find unhealthy pools of water.
As for materials, you need to look for breathable and weather-resistant options. The best models will keep your patio furniture safe from anything, but you can also think of your climate and choose one that prioritizes the most useful features for it.
For example, polyester is very breathable and, because it's one of the most UV-resistant fabrics, particularly useful in the warmest areas. Vinyl, on the other hand, is the most effective when it comes to heavy rains. Polypropylene can be a cheaper but versatile alternative.
If you live in a windy location, you might want to look for tie-down straps, too.