You may not realize it, but it is probably a lot easier that you thought to make your own outdoor patio furniture covers. If you are the crafty type, there are a few advantages to making your own – 1) a custom fit cover can be quite a bit cheaper, 2) you can choose whatever color and pattern you would like so you have a completely individual set for your backyard.
I don’t have to tell you how important it is to keep your patio furniture covered if it will not be in use for extended periods of time. Protecting your patio set from the elements, regardless of the season, is key to keeping your investment protected and in the best shape possible. Particularly vulnerable are outdoor patio sets in tropical or seaside climates, where extremely intense sun and/or salty air will break down your furniture’s protective finish in well under a year. Covering your furniture is a time and money saver compared to completely refinishing your furniture.
Step one to designing and making furniture covers for your patio set is choosing your material. This is probably the most important step, since this is where most of the cost is factored in, and it will also determine the longevity of the covers that you end up with. You might not want to choose the cheapest available material, since non sun-resistant and flimsy material will be broken down by the sun and wind sooner than you might expect. Look into finding materials with special weather resistant qualities, such as SunBrella ?, and your covers will protect your furniture for a lot longer.
The goal in making your own patio furniture covers is creating a well fitting set of covers customized to your particular furniture. You must be careful to take proper measurements at this stage, as this is the most important part of creating a tailored cover. One of the simplest table covers that you can easily make is simply a piece of material cut 16 inches larger than the table (8 inches larger on all four sides), and then folded over one inch to make a wide hem. Run a cord through this hem to use as a drawstring, and your table top cover will fit perfectly.
Creating a custom fitting cover for your chair is as simple as creating essentially a cube with one side shorter than the other. The back will be a rectangle measuring the same as the back of the chair, and the front will measure the same as the front of the chair, either as high as the seat, or the top of the arms if your chair has arms. The sides are slightly trickier, since they are not rectangles, but rather they are cut with one side as high as the arms or seat at the front, and the other side cut to the height of the chair back. Make sure that all your pieces have a seam allowance, and a bit of extra size so they will slip easily over the chair once constructed. As with table covers, you can add a hem with a drawstring at the bottom if you chair covers need extra securing.
This should get you started on the right path to making your own outdoor patio furniture covers. As you can see, it’s not much harder than creating a pattern which will suit your furniture, and adding a little extra seam allowance. Once you’ve decided to make your own, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is, as well as how much choice you now have for color and pattern options.