Should I Cover My Outdoor Furniture?

Our local Huntsville, AL area manufacturers get asked the same questions time after time. Many of those companies have FAQ pages on their site to assist in answering these similar and frequently asked questions. As an example: The owners of a local manufacturer of high end bed swings gets asked all the time about the fabric they use to cover the cushions on their furniture.

In this article we talk more about general, separately purchased protective covers. Some types of deck or porch furniture need to be maintained and cared for more than others. If your outdoor furniture is used often and stays out in the open, you may want to consider purchasing furniture covers.

Lightweight aluminum garden furniture or screened porch furniture can be folded and stored when not in use. As the seasons change and you are not using the garden furniture, it can be cleaned and stored in a shed, garage, or closet. If you do not have the storage space, you may want to consider using furniture covers.

Wood porch furniture such as teak needs to be cleaned and maintained. During the season when you are using it, the sun is beating down on it, the rain gets it wet, and if left outside during winter, harsh winds and cold weather will take its toil. Teak wood can be polished and restored to its color. However, you may wish to use furniture covers when it is not in use.

Deck furniture covers are made from a thick gauge vinyl with a polyurethane lining. The vinyl exterior of the furniture cover protects your furniture from rain and snow. Some of the higher end furniture, such as that built by premiere companies, that comes for manufacturers is covered in almost impervious fabric. The covers also allow air to flow so that your deck-garden furniture does not collect mold or mildew. Furniture covers come loose so that you just place it over a particular piece or have an elastic bottom edge or a draw-string bottom to hold them in place. If the area where your deck-garden furniture is used is windy, you may want to purchase covers that have elastic or a draw-string bottom so they do not blow away.

There are garden furniture covers for the cushions on your sofas, settees, chairs, and ottomans. Furniture covers come in a variety of colors. You can select colors to blend in with your deck-garden outdoor room. Protecting your deck, porch and garden furniture will ensure a long life for the furniture and it will always look good for your outdoor entertaining.

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