As we Oklahomans are aware, the weather can get pretty tricky transitioning into autumn. The elements can quickly take a toll on your patio furniture if you’re not taking the right precautions or storing it away. A great (and affordable) solution to avoid seasonal wear and tear is water resistant protection. It doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg, though. Read on below for our 5-step process for a DIY patio furniture cover!
Step 1: Measure Your Furniture
This part may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people miss it. Measure the length from the top or back of the chair to the outer points of the arms. Next, measure the length from highest to the lowest points of the chair. Use two measurements for the front and back for an extra snug fit.
Step 2: Creating the Pattern
The tools you’ll need to create your cover include a tape measure, sewing machine, tacking pins or safety pins. We recommend using PVC vinyl material and nylon thread (fishing line will do) for water resistance. Follow the measurements you’ve taken and begin cutting out a rough pattern for your furniture. Leave an inch or so, in the case your measurements are slightly off. Place all the pieces together, attaching them with tacking pins. Once the cover has been assembled, test how well it fits, and make adjustments as needed.
Step 3: Sew it Together
Attach the seams of the patio furniture cover together with your sewing machine. Use nylon thread (or fishing line) for extra resistance. It can withstand inclement weather, lasting you much
Step 4: The Final Touches
We recommend sewing elastic into the bottom hem of your cover to ensure it stays put. Next, make sure the edges of the cover are sewn completely to avoid fraying. Test your cover again on your patio furniture treat the seams with a wax coating for an extra dose of resistance power. After you do that, you’re finished!
What steps do you take to protect your patio furniture during the offseason? Share with us in the comments below and stay tuned for our next post!