How To Measure For Patio Furniture Covers

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If you want to keep your outdoor furniture looking great for years to come, protecting it from the elements is essential. One of the best ways to do this is using well-fitted outdoor furniture covers. Covers shield your furniture from sun, rain, snow, and wind damage, preventing fading, cracking, and other wear and tear. But for covers to work their best, they need to fit correctly. Our team at Coverini in Temple City, California, will guide you on how to accurately measure your patio furniture to ensure you get covers that provide optimal protection.

Types of Outdoor Furniture

No two outdoor spaces are the same. There are many different outdoor pieces you may have that need protection from the elements. Before we get into the specifics of measuring, let’s go over the main types of outdoor furniture you might have on your patio or deck.

Dining Sets

Outdoor dining sets usually include a table and chairs. Tables can be square, rectangular, or round, and are often made of wood, metal, or glass. Chairs may have armrests and cushions. To fully protect a dining set, you’ll need covers for both the table and chairs.

Chairs and Sofas

Lounge seating, such as chairs, loveseats, and sofas, is designed for relaxing outdoors. It comes in many styles, from classic Adirondack chairs and chaise lounges to sectionals with multiple pieces. Lounge furniture often has cushions, pillows, and sometimes ottomans that you’ll want to measure and cover as well.


In addition to the main seating areas, your patio may have some smaller accessory pieces, including side tables, coffee tables, ottomans, or accent chairs. These come in all shapes and sizes and can be made of materials such as wicker or aluminum. Covering these pieces will help them last longer and keep your whole outdoor area looking sharp.

How To Measure for Patio Furniture Covers

Now that you know the common types of outdoor furniture, grab a tape measure and a notepad. It’s time to get the dimensions of your specific pieces so you can order the right-size covers. Be sure to measure carefully — a good fit is key to keeping your furniture protected.

Measuring for Table Covers

To measure for an outdoor table cover, start by finding the length and width of the tabletop. For rectangular or square tables, measure straight across from left to right for the width and front to back for the length. For round tables, measure the diameter across the widest part.

Next, measure the height of the table from the ground to the top of the surface. If your table has an umbrella hole, note that and look for covers with a hole or flap to accommodate it. Finally, consider whether your table has any extra features such as a lazy Susan or extension leaf — you may need a larger or specially designed cover to fit over them.

Measuring for Seat Covers

Chairs, loveseats, and sofas have slightly different dimensions, but the basic measuring process is the same:

  • Measure the width from the widest point, usually from armrest to armrest.
  • Measure the depth from the front edge of the seat to the back of the chair or sofa.
  • Measure the height from the top of the seat’s highest point, such as the top of the backrest, to the ground.
  • If the seat has cushions, include those in your depth and height measurements.

Repeat the process for each seat, even if they look the same. Slight variations in size aren’t uncommon, especially with older furniture. If you have a sectional, you may want to measure and cover each piece separately for the most custom fit.

Measuring for Accessory Covers

Accessory pieces, including side tables, ottomans, and chaise lounges, can be measured much like dining tables and seating, with a few tweaks as follows:

  • For square or rectangular pieces, measure the length, width, and height.
  • For round pieces, measure the diameter and height.
  • If the piece isn’t a standard shape, such as a curved chaise lounge, measure the longest and widest points.
  • Note any special features, including drawers, shelves, or wheels, that might need extra room in the cover.

If you’re between sizes, it’s better to go one size up for accessory covers. A little extra room is better than a cover that’s too snug and difficult to put on and take off.

Importance of Measuring for Proper Fit

Why go to all this trouble of measuring? Can’t you just look at it or buy a one-size-fits-most cover? Here are a few reasons why getting accurately sized covers is worth the effort:

  • Better protection: A cover that’s too loose may blow off in the wind or let moisture and debris inside. One that’s too tight can rip or not fully cover the piece.
  • Easier to use: Well-fitted covers are more straightforward to put on, take off, and secure with ties or straps. You’ll be more likely to use them consistently if it’s not a struggle.
  • More polished look: Baggy or ill-fitting covers can look sloppy and detract from your patio’s appearance. Neat, tailored covers keep everything looking tidy.
  • Longer life span: Properly fitted covers wear better over time without rubbing or sagging. You won’t have to replace them as often, saving you money in the long run.

So take the time to measure, and you’ll be rewarded with patio furniture covers that look great, work well, and last a long time. Your future self will thank you.

Explore Custom-Made Furniture Covers

If you have uniquely shaped patio pieces or just want the absolutely perfect fit, consider investing in custom-made covers from us at Coverini. With custom covers, you provide your furniture’s exact measurements, and then we craft a cover specifically for you. We can accommodate any size, shape, or unique feature, from built-in umbrellas to extra-wide chair arms.

We also offer various durable fabric options so you can choose the material that best suits your climate and style. From heavy-duty waterproof polyester to lightweight, breathable nylon, we have you covered.

Get Started With Coverini

Ready to safeguard your outdoor oasis with our top-notch patio furniture covers? Follow the measuring tips in this guide to determine the dimensions of your tables, chairs, and accessories.

If you have any questions about measuring, ordering, or choosing the right covers for your needs, don’t hesitate to contact us. With Coverini covers, you can spend less time worrying about wear and tear and more time enjoying your outdoor living space for years to come.