Over the colder, wetter months and even during a British summer, you have to ensure that valuable garden furniture and equipment is protected against the elements. The problem is that some are fixed into place or to heavy to move and you may not be have enough storage space to bring other items inside. This means that covers are an essential requirement to protect your investment.

Stacked Barlow Armchairs showing a chair cover

Furniture and Patio Set Covers

Bosmere are the major manufacturer of waterproof and UV stabilised covers for all kinds of garden furniture. Their covers are manufactured from PVC backed polyester which has a wipe clean surface. Brass coated eyelets, strings and cord locks enable effective fastening and ensure the cover isn't blown off in strong winds. Their furniture covers are available in a huge choice of sizes and shapes to fit different types of furniture and the 'Protector' range includes covers for benches, patio sets, folding chairs, armchairs, sun loungers and parasols. Teflon coated polyester covers made by Alexander Rose specifically for their own furniture are tied into place to prevent the build up of dirt while Barlow Tyrie covers are made from breathable fabric that lets moisture escape leaving no condensation, they also make covers in which up to eight cushions can be stored when not in use.

Trampolines, Swings

If you have children, they'll be unhappy that their trampoline or swing will be out of bounds during wet weather but relieved to know that covers are available to keep them in perfect condition until the clouds clear. Hammocks can also be covered but probably more important to adults will be the barbecue.

Gas barbecue with a well fitted cover over it


Whatever type of barbecue you have, from the most modest to an outdoor kitchen, it is unwise to leave it outside unprotected for any amount of time even during the summer. Help is on hand once again from Bosmere who are major suppliers of BBQ covers in many different sizes that will fit various makes. Napoleon make heavy duty covers for their own barbecues, as do Buschbeck for both their masonary barbecues and grills. Beefeater have two types of bespoke cover, Standard Covers are made from PVC with an inner fleece lining which offers basic protection from the elements and weathering while heavy duty Premium Covers are made from water repellent vinyl.