Garden swing is a popular attribute of a summer cottage, designed to brighten up summer vacations and become a favorite place after garden work. However, over time, this accessory adored by all households becomes unusable, this applies both to its appearance and functionality. To extend the life of the swing, summer residents prefer to use special covers.
A cover for a swing is not a mandatory attribute, but its availability greatly simplifies the operation of this equipment.
- It protects the seat itself and accessories - pillows or capes from rain and snow. An even more optimal option is an awning. It allows you to save in its original form and the upper construction of the swing.
- Arriving at the weekend at the cottage, you can immediately start to swing , without wasting time cleaning the seat from dust and dirt.
- The cover protects the swing elements from the negative effects of sunlight. Ultraviolet, falling on a metal or wooden surface, quickly destroys it, so the structure often has to be updated.
- Awnings are also an effective assistant in the fight against animals. It is unpleasant to detect traces of a neighbor's cat or waste products of birds on the seat in the morning. The case will save you from this problem.
Considering the design of covers, it is worth paying attention to the following varieties:
- seat covers;
- covers awnings.
The second option is considered more practical, since it completely covers the swing, thereby protecting not only the seat area, but also all structural elements. In favor of awnings there is also the opportunity to swing or just relax on a swing in bad weather - he will not let the rain fall inside.
However, the first option is more economical, and most summer residents choose it, believing that they can tint and update the rest of the details on their own.
In addition, the following modifications can be found in stores :
- tents for certain models;
The first option is selected according to the swing model. If the owner of the summer cottage has safely lost all receipts for the equipment and does not remember the name, you can take a picture of the swing and carefully measure the width, length and height - experienced managers in the store will tell you which awning is suitable for the presented model.
A universal case is a better option. It will fit for all varieties. For example, models such as Palermo Premium, Comfort-M, Standard 2, Lux 2, Quartet are quite suitable for universal shelter.
How to choose
When choosing a cover, first of all, you should pay attention to its fabric. Of course, the most reliable option will be the strongest, but expensive material. Most villagers prefer Oxford fabrics. This is due to its following advantages:
- abrasion resistance and durability;
- precipitation resistance;
- the ability to easily clean from dirt.
If the choice fell on the Oxford fabric, it is important to determine the density. This criterion is indicated by a number, for example, “Oxford 600 d PU” is the most preferred among gardeners. This reliable material is used in the manufacture of tents, outdoor tents and covers for garden equipment.
Another option is raincoat fabric. It has a water-repellent effect, so it is often used in the manufacture of winter tents. Well this material is suitable for cottages, equipped in humid climatic zones.
Among summer residents there are many who pay great attention to landscape design. Many of them refuse covers, giving preference to open swings, worrying, as though bulky plain-looking awnings would not spoil the decorative look of structures. But adherents of an ideal garden site can be calm - at present, many pretty covers are presented in stores that harmoniously fit into the overall landscape design. These shelters have blue, yellow, red colors, you can even pick up an option with patterns and drawings.
Another important criterion when choosing this accessory is the shape and design of the cover. To clearly choose the awning or shelter on the seat in size, you need to carefully measure all the parameters of the equipment. Some summer residents prefer to sew shelters to order: if you separately buy the necessary material, then this is a very practical way to purchase covering protection for a swing.
It is important when choosing an awning to study it and for additional functions. Ease of use will provide some interesting additional elements.
Two symmetrical zippers , thanks to which it is possible to close the shelter by half. If necessary, only the upper part of the cover can be thrown onto the upper crossbar of the equipment without removing the entire protection.
- Eyelets and ropes. Thanks to these elements, you can firmly strengthen the shelter for adjacent supports. This will protect the cover from the wind, which with strong gusts can carry away the tent.
- Auxiliary supports. These parts need to be firmly stuck in the ground to further strengthen the cover.
- Mosquito net. It is an additional mesh in the front that can be lowered down and protected from insects.
Another important point when choosing a protective cover is a certificate of quality and safety. Preference should be given to a product that has the indication Oeko-Tex Standard-100.
When choosing a cover, you must also listen to the opinion of those who have already become the owner of this accessory. Usually gardeners are quite happy with the purchase. The main advantages, in their opinion, are that now the equipment does not need to be cleaned every time in a barn or garage for the night, and choosing a good option, you can leave the swing in the open for the whole winter.
Many were faced with the difficulty of choosing an awning for a particular model. For example, a cover cover for an OBI swing was expensive, but impractical. Buyers note its peculiarity to inflate and recommend purchasing anchors in addition. In addition, the cover of this model scares summer residents with its rustling and capsizes in strong winds. Use this option can only be a couple of seasons. In defense, users note the resistance to getting wet, a good shadow, ease of use in the presence of two lightnings.
Capri swing covers also received average reviews. Despite the indicated “water-repellent properties”, the tent doesn’t really let water through from above, but it gets wet, and over time moisture seeps in. Buyers also note the unreliability of the mount, and also advise using the awning only in the summer season, since it will not protect the swing from winter rainfall.
Positive feedback is left by the owners of Sorento, Milan, Rodeo swing covers. All users agree on one thing - you should not save on this product. The price of practical fabric is added by high-quality fasteners, and this is already a matter of not only convenience, but also the safety of vacationers.
See how to sew a roof tent on a garden swing with your own hands in the next video.