Even the most expensive of outdoor furniture is susceptible to weather damage. The sun can be remarkably powerful, damaging furniture of all types with UV light. This causes furniture to fade in color, crack and chip. For furniture with fabric pads, dust can combine with water to cause discoloration and permanent stains. The good news is that this damage can be easily prevented without taking your furniture indoors between uses. Patio chair covers are essential for anyone with outdoor furniture. While some basic plastic chairs might fare well outdoors, more elaborate models will need some extra attention.
Patio chair covers are quite easy to come by and can be purchased for your existing furniture. The most basic covers are made entirely of plastic, fitting over your chairs for protection. While they can provide protection from water, the clear plastic ones can let harmful UV light through. If you opt for plastic covers, make sure that no light can shine through. Fabric covers offer greater flexibility in colors and designs. Fabric can have many patterns that match your existing yard decor. To provide protection from rain, the fabric is often lined with plastic on the underside to achieve waterproofing.
Even the heaviest chair covers can blow away in the wind. While more expensive, finding a chair cover with Velcro straps is a must if you live in a breezy area. These straps keep the cover on the chair securely, strapping around each leg. Unless the cover came with your chair, chances are that it will not fit over it perfectly. Leg straps keep the cover on o matter the fit. If your chairs are stackable, there are covers available that can protect all of them at once. Stackable chair covers are placed over your stack of chairs, eliminating the need to buy multiple covers.