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Let’s face it: Patio furniture can be expensive, especially considering it just sits outside for months at a time. Depending on the climate in which you live, it may only get used for a few months of the year, as well. Unless this outdoor furniture is waterproof, smart consumers know that in order to protect their investments, they’re going to need to buy patio furniture covers for all those chairs, tables, and loveseats.
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The world of patio furniture covers is wide-ranging and wild online, with page after page of options coming up on sites like Google Shopping. But, which of these covers will get you the best bang for your buck? Which ones fly off in high winds, and which ones can withstand years of exposure to the elements?
We’ve compiled our guide to the internet’s favorite patio furniture covers.
1. One patio furniture cover to fit it all
If you’ve splurged on new patio furniture, then you know that buying everything at once can get pricey. Fortunately, there are some patio furniture covers that actually cover large swaths of furniture at once, depending on how you can arrange it. Classic Accessories’ Veranda cover is one such item, fitting handily over an outdoor dining set, chairs and all. The water-resistant cover has an adjustable elastic hem cord and buckles to help get the best fit, and it is loved by QVC shoppers, who give it an average 4.5 stars out of 5.
2. A basic cover from Amazon Basics
Not looking to throw a bunch of money down for patio furniture covers? Don’t worry: There are plenty of affordable options out there, including a line of covers from Amazon Basics. A 3-seater lounge sofa cover costs less than $40, and over 8,000 Amazon buyers have given it an average 4.6 stars out of 5, calling it “well made,” “good quality,” and easy to use.
3. A worth-it splurge
People often spend tens of thousands of dollars on sites like Yardbird picking up stunning new outdoor furniture—particularly if they’re buying everything new or replacing a whole set. If you’ve already invested that much, why not get the perfect covers to match? Yardbird sells its patio furniture covers based on the collection of the furniture you’ve purchased. Thus, if you’ve ponied up for a very cute new Colby loveseat, you can easily buy the perfect Colby cover to match. You’ll never have to worry about fly-aways, either, because the waterproof covers are closely tailored, so they’ll fit perfectly.
4. A matching set of covers for those who love a look
Patio furniture can bring great joy, but it can also spark begrudging resentment, especially if you see ratty, mismatched covers on your beloved items. Hampton Bay covers could solve this, since they’re all smartly matched and handsomely striped, meaning you can pick up a cover for a table, a couch, and a fire pit, and they will all look cohesive. Buyers say the covers are “perfectly sized” and “reasonably priced,” as well.
5. A long, lovely chaise cover
Finding a cover for an outdoor dining table isn’t hard, but there are fewer covers out there for chaise lounges. It’s anyone’s guess as to why, but that means when you find a good one, you better buy a few. Wayfair customers love Arlmont & Co’s chaise cover, which comes in gray and tan and is made of chemically treated vinyl that the company says will remain pliable for the life of the cover. Buyers agree, saying the covers feel sturdy, thick, and durable, noting as well that the covers will fit on a chaise no matter whether the back is up or down.
6. A heavy-duty cover that works in winter
Does your patio furniture stay outside no matter the elements? Help protect it from wind, rain, and snow with Tempera’s waterproof covers, which come in a variety of sizes and styles, and are beloved by Amazon shoppers. Take, for instance, the brand’s rectangular table and chairs cover, which almost 5,000 Amazon customers have given an average 4.5 stars out of 5, calling it “a great product for a great price.”
7. A big cover for big sofas
Got a massive outdoor sectional that could use some love? There’s a cover for that. Amazon buyers love one made by CKCLUU, giving it an average 4.3 stars with almost 9,000 ratings. The water-resistant cover comes in a variety of sizes and dimensions, meaning you should be able to find a cover to match whatever you’re working with outdoors. The covers are fade-resistant, tear-resistant, and even offer a level of UV protection to your furniture, meaning you don’t have to worry about leaving the cushions on your sofa.
8. A sleek option from Wayfair Basics
Wayfair has stepped into the patio furniture cover market with its own line of products under the Wayfair Basics moniker. Their covers are sleek and sturdy, with ultrasonically welded seams that the brand says prevent the rain from coming through. A sofa cover starts at just $21.99 and comes in a pleasing latte color that should blend right in outdoors.
9. A 2-pack of lounge chair covers
Vailge’s 2-pack of lounge chair covers could be the perfect addition to any smaller space or patio. Protect your cushy chairs with style and flair with this set that comes in either beige or tan. Amazon buyers love them, with over 15,000 customers giving the covers an average 4.8 stars. Buyers call the heavy duty covers well made and suitable for deeper outdoor chairs, with one buyer even penning this anecdote in their on-site review: “We’ve had LOTS of rain the past few days. Last evening, I decided to sit outside for a bit and to my amazement, the furniture was totally dry! Even the couch which sits under the roof with direct runoff! I am extremely pleased with these covers.”
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