Buyers guide to garden sofa covers. A cover for your garden sofa protects the piece from adverse weather conditions, dust, mildew and the suns UV rays. Although the garden furniture sold by Hayes are fully weatherproof and can be left outdoors all year round. Covering them over the winter ensures they remain in an ‘as new’ condition as long as possible. All the maintenance you have to do in spring is brush the furniture down with a soft brush to remove any grit particles embedded in the weave and fabric. Any wooden garden furniture will require treatment less frequently if the sets are covered when not in use.
The first consideration is to make sure you know the size of the garden sofa as many of the covers are specific to particular styles of garden furniture. Some garden sofas have dedicated covers, if you are struggling to find one the correct size just call our Customer Services team on the number at the top of the website and they will be able to find you a cover to fit. Just make sure you have all the measurements of the sofa. Unfortunately there is not a ‘one size fits’ all garden sofa cover.
Make sure the cover you are considering is breathable, if there is not a good airflow around the garden sofa there is a tendency for mildew and other moulds to grow. Although they will not affect the function of the furniture they can be difficult to remove and are unsightly. If the material from which the cover is constructed if fully waterproof make sure it has mesh panels or some other means of allowing the air to circulate. Make sure the covers shed water and that it is not allowed to pool as that is when it will seep through the cover. Place a bucket on the sofa seat underneath the cover to allow water to run straight off, make sure the covers are pulled as tight as possible. The cover must have some means by which you can fasten it securely around the bottom of the furniture, if it’s not secure you run the risk of losing it in strong winds. If strong winds are forecast secure all the garden furniture pieces together to prevent the lighter chairs from flying around the garden where it could cause damage to people and property.
Buying a cover from a reputable brand could be more cost effective than a cheaper alternative, it will use more robust fabric, be better constructed and, in most cases, will come with some warranty. The fabric is also more likely be UV resistant, making it resistant to fading.