Looking For Patio Furniture Covers?

By Adam Pink

In time I hope to find the perfect patio furniture covers for my patio set. I've done a bit of hunting so far and I am not going to give up until I find success. Now that summer is around the corner, my kids want to have every meal outside. That means that almost every evening after I get home from work, I'm washing the top of my patio table with a brush and a bucket of warm soapy water.

The other reason I wanted patio furniture covers is that the sun and the rain and the snow can really damaged the finish on my wooden furniture. I have some lovely furniture that looks teak but isn't teak. I got a great deal on it at Canadian Tire a few years ago. It has really held up well and I'm pleased with it. However, it can show some age.

Every autumn we have a fall clean up tradition that involves the whole family and a few family friends. We spend the day outside coiling hoses and trimming back perennials, etc. My job (or perhaps I'm the only one prepared to do it) is to shine up the patio furniture so it looks great in the spring. Each year, I lightly sand the table and chairs, re-apply a thing coat of stain and then rub some outside furniture oil into the wood. The patio furniture really looks fresh and new afterwards and I know it can withstand the coming snows. Having some new outdoor patio furniture covers might allow me to re-finish the table and chairs every second year.

I have spoken to a lot of people about buying covers and it would appear that I might be the only one in my circle of friends that has ever thought seriously about these covers. Furthermore, I have gone to a handful of patio furniture shops and very few of them sell covers for the furniture. The covers that were available were either the wrong size or far too expensive for my needs. Most of the staff at the patio furniture shop only thought about covering the furniture for the winter. One guy who was trying to be helpful suggested I just use a table cloth for family dinners.

Given that I have thought of new patio furniture covers for almost a year now, I have been able to pin point what I need to get out of the covers. I'm ok with covering the furniture with a tarp during the harsh winter so the patio furniture covers don't need to stand up to snow. The covers need to be water resistant and washable. They need to be a neutral but pretty colour. I have my heart set on sage but I'm fairly flexible in the regard. They need to be inexpensive. In my mind, I should be able to cover 4 chairs and a five foot circular patio table for under $85US.

Finding outside patio furniture covers in your price range and that fit your furniture can be a seriously difficult task. It is much harder than I would have thought. It has become a bit of a project for me. On the advice of my sister and best friend, I'm going to continue to post on my blog and write about my experiences in looking for patio furniture covers until I finally find a set to call my own. - 29857

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