Winter weather conditions, heavy rains, and even exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can shorten the lifespan of outdoor furniture dramatically. Woods, metals, and resins can become discolored, weakened, and damaged over time, and replacing patio furniture can be expensive. The ideal solution for protecting outdoor furniture is to use patio furniture covers.
Unfortunately, purchasing any random set of patio furniture covers does not guarantee that the furniture will be effectively protected. Poor quality covers fall apart quickly when exposed to temperature and weather extremes, and cheaper materials can even damage patio furniture surfaces. By paying close attention to the details when purchasing patio furniture covers, homeowners can ensure that they are choosing high quality covers that will do a proper job of protecting their furniture.
Stitching and Seams
Details that homeowners should focus on first when looking at patio furniture covers are the stitching and seams. Stitching and seams should be protected from weather exposure and hidden with a protective piping. Piping also helps to divert water off of covers, which prevents water from collecting and staining the covers.
Hems and Closures
Homeowners should also take note of hems and closures on each cover. Are the covers likely to stay on the furniture, even on windy days? Elastic hems, leg ties, drawstrings, and Velcro are some of the different types of hems and closures homeowners will find on better quality covers, and each can effectively prevent covers from flying away. The key, though, is that covers, no matter what kind of closure or hem is used, must fit each furniture piece snugly. Without a snug fitting hem or closure, covers cannot adequately protect the furniture.
Higher quality patio furniture covers will have a number of special features that make protecting outdoor furniture easier. Special features vary, but homeowners should look for any details that add value or convenience to the covers. For example, a zippered closure on a patio umbrella cover makes more sense than one with multiple ties or snaps. Also, furniture covers that come with their own handy storage pouch sewn in make it easier to store the covers neatly away when they are not in use.
Some homeowners prefer to have custom patio furniture covers made so that they can choose the hems, closures, and special features that are most useful for them. Using custom covers also ensures the highest quality and best fit. Whether homeowners choose custom or standard covers, though, doesn’t matter as much as paying close attention to the details before making a purchase. Knowing what to look for in a quality furniture cover empowers homeowners to make the best choice.