Outdoor furniture is expensive and needs to be protected to help prolong its life, but those furniture covers can be so pricey! I decided I was going to make my own covers, and actually first did this DIY with an old plastic tarp - after realizing how easy and effective it was, I redid the project using the canopy that came with our pergola. Really any outdoor, waterproof fabric would work for this!
DIY Outdoor Furniture Covers
What you’ll need:
Outdoor waterproof fabric (canvas, a tarp, etc.)
Step 1: Cut to size
First I determined the length of my couches and cut that. Then I laid all of these cushions down, wrapped the canvas over them, and added about a foot and a half. This was to ensure I’d have enough to wrap completely around.
Step 2: Attach
Next I used Velcro strips to attach the tarp to the seat of each chair. Make sure the chairs are clean so the Velcro sticks!
Step 3: Add cushions back
Add on all of the cushions, and wrap the fabric around everything, then tuck under the cushions to seal it off.
When you’re ready to use your furniture, just pull the tarp back and hide it behind the back rest of the cushions. Rain water just pours off of these! It was such an easy, cheap way to protect my outdoor furniture!
Bmarie on May 01, 2021
This is such a great idea! We have stray cats that love our backyard furniture. I have taken the cushions off the metal frames and had stored them in our shed. But to have pull them out every time to use the furniture is a lot of work. I like your idea plenty.
Jamie Tyler Smith on May 04, 2021
great idea! you could make a small pillow case to store it in when not covering the furniture and the pillow could be used while sitting