Garden Furniture Covers

February 16, 2012

Veranda Grill and Firepit Cover

A few wrinkles never hurt anyone, ask my mother

If you’ve been considering some garden furniture covers, here is what they actually look like in action. Keep in mind these are new and still wrinkly. They will straighten out over a few days of use. For your reference, these are the Veranda line with all the bells and whistles like a drawstring hem, buckled clasps (for the grill cover) and vents to keep moisture from building up. Special thanks to Joe C. for the pics.

Oval and round patio furniture covers can be versatile

One big cover to fit them all

If you have an unusually shaped piece of patio furniture, you’ve been there. Maybe you’re a free-spirit, or simply didn’t have room for a standard 70″ sofa. So you bought that low-slung 63″ loveseat to fit in that nook, and didn’t want the hanging gardenias to knock people in the head when they sat down. C’est la vie. You may wish to consider getting a bit creative. oval and round patio table covers come in many different sizes, and are typically shorter than regular furniture covers, at 24″. You will want to consider if there are pieces you have that can be combined into a larger lump of patio furniture goodness to fill out the cover. Another nice thing about this concept is that you can space out the furniture to the maximum width or length of the cover, using those gaps to get a pretty tight fit. The only limits on this application are a) being strong/driven enough to move the patio furniture around, and b) finding pieces that are relatively uniform in height so that there is not a slanting end that puts the cover on the ground where it can soak up water. It’s kind of like playing tetris with your furniture, and while it’s not ideal, it will be much more cost-effective than buying a custom cover.

Patio Furniture is Rusting?

December 13, 2011

Rusting patio furniture is easy to fix. Just use a dremel and remove the rusted portions down to the clean metal. If it is a painted surface, re-paint as necessary. If it is a bare surface, like wrought iron or the like, you may want to consider patio furniture covers to keep moisture and rain off of your furniture. Rust is caused by moisture, in that it speeds up the oxidization process of the metal, making it brittle. All unpainted metal will rust eventually due to moisture in the air, but keeping rain and the elements off the furniture will delay the process. You can treat the metal with certain coatings (like WD40), but this is not convenient for those who actually want to use the furniture without staining their clothing. Short of painting the metal, which effectively coats it with an impermeable layer preventing oxidation, your best bet is to put patio or garden furniture covers on top of it when not in use.

Garden Furniture Covers

December 8, 2011

Why is my garden not as comfortable as I want it to be? Your first problem is that you don’t have garden furniture to lounge and relax on. Your second problem is that you’re not protecting your garden furniture with garden furniture covers. Covers make your furniture last longer and are much more convenient than dragging it inside after every time you use it. You can also keep cushions on the furniture as the covers will protect it. Don’t let your furniture get pounded by the sun and ruined by the rain. Cover it up!

adjustable patio umbrella cover

Maintain flexibility with this handsome cover.

As most of us know, the sun moves throughout the day. This fact of life makes a tilting patio umbrella very convenient for matching the pesky sun and its movements across the sky. Time has passed and the sun is obscuring your iPad? No problem. Just tilt the umbrella down. But wait? How do I do this?

Most adjustable umbrellas are of the ‘crank and tilt’ variety. The crank opens and closes the ribs of the umbrella and there is a joint
that lets the umbrella pole bend in one direction. Like a knee. There is usually a button that acts as a latch for the joint, locking it together in a straight line. Depressing the button allows the joint to move, pushing the latch out of line with the hole that secured the top portion. These buttons can get rusty and can become difficult to operate. You should keep the joint lubricated with WD40 to keep it flexible.

Other means of tilting involve the same joint as mentioned above, but with a sleeve that locks over a lip on the bottom portion. Lifting up the sleeve should allow the joint to flex and let you adjust the angle of the umbrella.

Like I said, these joints that allow you to ajust your umbrella can get rusty and/or filled with debris. You should consider protecting your umbrella with a patio umbrella cover. These covers will keep moisture, dirt and debris out of the mechanism and reduce maintenance and prolong operation. They can be quite stylish, as well.

Waterproof Covers

December 18, 2008

Waterproof?  Or just resistant?

Waterproof? Or just resistant?

Everyone wants to keep the elements off of their outdoor gear.  Sun and rain are the usual suspects when it comes to damaging equipment, and a question I hear often is, “How waterproof are these covers?”

Well, covers have to do a balancing act between breathability and water-resistance.  There’s a reason people don’t just Visqueen their gear.  While almost completely impermeable to moisture, the same is true of air, meaning that with little circulation, the interior of these covers become little terrariums, with closed ecosystems that produce mold and mildew.  That’s not good.  So, manufacturers use synthetic fabrics for breathability, then usually coat them with a layer of plastic or acrylic to make them more resistant to moisture, not to mention UV radiation.

If someone promises that their covers are waterproof, be wary.  Even if they’re telling the truth, you probably don’t want to use them.

For instance, probably a lie:

Water proof covers

More accurate:

Water resistant covers

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They're even colored green!

They're even colored green!

I know, I know.  Could the timing be any worse?  A crippled economy and plunging gas prices have pushed environmental concerns to the back burner, but I applaud Classic Accessories for taking this step towards cleaning up their cover business.  They’ve basically duplicated their very successful Veranda line of covers in form, style and function, but have eliminated half the packaging, made the rest recyclable, and eliminated the use of PVC.  Long the bane of factory workers everywhere, PVC, or Polyvinyl Chloride, is very nasty stuff to make, and has actually been found to cause cancer in those who handle it in the manufacturing process.  Some studies have also shown that PVC can release small amounts of toxic stuff into the air or liquid around it.  The FDA has deemed these amounts too small to hurt you, so don’t worry about it too much.  But its still bad stuff.  So kudos to Classic Accessories. 

Here’s a link to where you’ll be able to find them:

Eco Patio Furniture Covers

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