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Protecting Your Patio Furniture with Covers for Winter
Cover your furniture during winter to keep it in better shape and cleaner for the summer
When we shop for our favorite patio furniture to relax in over the summer, we don't often think of what we will do with it in the wintertime. However, unless you live on a big estate or have a pool house, the lovely furniture and accessories that you have have on your patio or deck will need protection in the winter.
Where I live our winter gets lots of slush, rain, wind and snow which means that our wrought iron patio set needs to be covered because it can rust. Although it is heavy enough that the wind can't blow it away, the umbrella gets taken into our house, and we have to secure our barbeque to the side of our house.
It is well worth the price of a couple of patio covers to keep your outdoor furniture in great shape for next year and the years to come. This page is a jumping off point to see the best covers for your furniture. Click through any of the links for exact dimensions, warranties and more information.
Most patio covers come in brown, gray or khaki. That is because people know that they will get dirty and don't buy them for the color. However, you can buy them one at a time or in sets, and several of them will cover an entire set of furniture. These covers are meant to protect your outdoor furniture, get rained on and snowed on. You can wash them in the spring, but check to make sure that they are weatherproofed and how long the weatherproofing lasts.
If you cover properly outside, you don't need to store it inside
For most people covering their furniture outdoors alleviates the need to find storage for it indoors. These covers work well with round tables. As you can see there are several different styles of covers, and your climate will affect your decision. If you live in a rainy climate, then you do not need to worry about snow.
Keeping BBQs and Patio Heaters Safe
Barbeques and patio heaters need to stay free from rust, dust, mold and mildew. Wind, snow and rain can damage them and wear them out much more quickly than normal. Another issue with these outdoor appliances is that they do not weigh very much, so that wind can knock them down or blow them away causing even more damage.
If you cannot bring these items under shelter inside a garage, then the next best thing is to secure them to your home under a patio awning. You can use bungee cords to tie them up securely. You can also bunch your furniture and appliances together and cover them together.
Patio Furniture Covers for Each Type of Furniture
You can buy individual chair and furniture covers that are shaped for each piece. These work well to protect these items from banging into each other as well as outdoor elements. Buying individual covers is a better choice in a windy location or if you own higher end pieces.
Covers do not come equally; some are tougher than others
Terrazzo makes a great collection of covers for all your veranda or patio furniture. Protect your stuff with these mega-tough rain proof covers that hold tight with say-on loops and elastic cords. There are air vents to ensure there is no accumulation of moisture to cause mildew.
Just like furniture, you get what you pay for. These Terrazzo covers are a step higher for protection and coverage.
Patio Set Covers 116"x116" Fits Patio Round/square Table
This is a great cover for covering a large group of your patio furniture. The covers are heavy duty waterproof and have a vent to prevent mildew forming. It will fit square or round tables and 8-12 chairs. It measures 116 inches by 116 inches by 36 inches. Closes with a zipper to make life easy.
Weather Wrap Round Table & Chairs Cover
These weather covers from Weather Wrap are great for protecting your patio furniture from the worst of the weather. This cover is suitable for for a round table and chairs. These are extra thick vinyl furniture with a ventilation panel to prevent mold or mildew. Fits snugly. Measures 86 inches by 30 inches.
Get More Patio Furniture Inspiration and Help Here
These videos give lots of ideas of how to make your own cover, protect your outdoor furniture, and even build pieces for your patio. If you have the right skills, you can save a lot of money doing this for yourself.
When to buy new covers
The best time to buy new covers is when you buy the patio furniture so you have the measurements right at hand. However, you can find great sales at the end of the season if you are looking for bargains.
© 2014 Paula Atwell