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Should I Cover My Patio Furniture in the Summer?

Castlery|Feb 22, 2024

As the warm rays of summer beckon us outdoors, our patios become an extension of our living space. Whether it's for hosting a barbecue, lounging with a book, or simply enjoying the fresh air, outdoor furniture plays a crucial role in enhancing our outdoor experience.

However, a question often arises: Should I cover my patio furniture in summer, even when its mostly warm and dry?

This article delves into why you should cover your patio furniture to keep the elements off your furniture even in the summer months.

Do you need to cover patio furniture in the summer?

Rustic and angular, the Rio Dining Table with Chairs Set makes hours of dining and unwinding under the warm breeze feel like second nature. Its durable teakwood ensures you’ll be enjoying your outdoor space for a long time.

While we all know it’s a good idea to cover your patio furniture during winter downpours and wet weather, not everyone is aware that protecting them in the summer months is a good idea too. This is because wet or humid weather, even during the hottest part of the year, can cause your outdoor lounge or outdoor dining furniture to degrade faster than it should.

Protection from sun damage

It is a common misconception to think that more sunlight can help 'dry' out the wood and prevent mold and mildew growth. However, the summer sun can be harsh and prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause significant damage to your patio furniture.

The Rio Dining Chairs come with removable cushion seats for easy maintenance.

Materials such as wood, wicker, teak, and fabric are particularly susceptible to fading, discoloration, and deterioration when constantly exposed to sunlight. By using furniture covers or storing your furniture, you create a protective barrier that reduces direct exposure to UV rays, which helps to preserve the color, texture, and overall appearance of your furniture for a longer time.

Prevent heat damage

When left directly under the scorching sun, metal and plastic furniture (in particular) absorbs the heat. This can make the furniture uncomfortably hot to touch and potentially render it unusable until it cools down. By covering your furniture, you mitigate heat absorption, making it more comfortable and inviting for you and your guests to enjoy. This is especially important if you live in areas with scorching summer temperatures.

Keep it clean from dust and debris

Summer breezes often carry dust, pollen, leaves, and other debris that can settle on your patio furniture, making it look dirty and requiring frequent cleaning. By covering your furniture, you create a barrier that prevents dust and debris from accumulating on the surfaces. This reduces the amount of cleaning and maintenance required, allowing you to spend more time enjoying your outdoor space and less time cleaning.

Protect furniture from moisture

Exposure to moisture can accelerate mold and mildew growth and even potentially cause wooden furniture to rot. Rainwater can seep into cushions, penetrate porous materials, and lead to water damage and potential rusting on metal furniture.

Small spaces can still enjoy the Rio Outdoor Dining Set. Opt for bench seating to accommodate extra guests around the table.

By covering your patio furniture, you provide a shield against sudden downpours, preventing water from directly contacting the furniture and minimizing the risk of damage. This is particularly beneficial if you live in regions where summer rain showers are common.

Also, covering your furniture ensures its always ready for use, even after the rain! No one wants to sit down on wet cushions or damp chairs.

How to care for outdoor furniture

While outdoor furniture is very durable and long lasting, giving your tables, chairs, and sofas a little TLC will help them to look good and last longer. Keep your pieces in tip-top condition by brushing them down every few days. This will remove any dirt or debris built up on the cushions or woodwork and help to prevent your furnishing becoming stained.

If you spill any food or drink on your exterior furnishings, make sure you clean any marks off straight away. While patio furniture is resistant to staining, discoloration can still occur over time. Consider using coasters and protective place mats when serving food to prevent water rings or heat damage from pots and pans.

The right fit: Keep your outdoor pieces looking fresh for years to come with furniture covers that fit snugly.

Before you cover your outdoor furniture, make sure you give it a quick clean. Remove any dirt or dust on the cushions or woodwork with a brush or vacuum cleaner to leave your pieces looking fresh and tidy. Ensure that your outdoor furniture - including cushions or fabrics - is dry so that there is no trapped moisture.

Recommended read: How to Clean Outdoor Furniture

So to answer the question of whether you should cover your outdoor furniture in summer - yes! It helps protect your furniture from sun damage, heat damage, dust, debris, and potential water damage, all of which contribute to maintaining its longevity and keeping it in excellent condition. By preserving the appearance and structural integrity of your furniture, you can continue to enjoy your outdoor space for years to come.


Should I cover my patio furniture every night?

Covering your patio furniture every night depends on various factors such as the specific materials, local weather conditions, and personal preferences. While it may not be necessary to cover your furniture every single night, doing so can provide added protection, especially if you live in an area with high humidity, frequent dew, or the possibility of overnight rain showers. Additionally, covering your furniture at night can help prevent the accumulation of morning dew or moisture, which can contribute to mold or mildew growth. If you have lightweight, easily movable furniture, it may be more convenient to cover or store it overnight to protect it from unexpected weather changes or potential damage.

What are some outdoor furniture that doesn't need to be covered?

Certain types of outdoor furniture are naturally more resistant to the elements and may not require covering as much as others. Some examples include aluminum, wrought iron, and polywood. While these materials can be rust-resistant and highly durable, it's important to note that even furniture made from these materials can still succumb to the elements. That said, it's always a good idea to cover patio furniture to provide an extra layer of protection and extend their lifespan.

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