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Are you just starting preparations for a party or family celebration? If you have no experience in planning banquets and dinner parties, you will probably ask yourself a lot of questions about how to decorate the interior tastefully and at the same time for a reasonable amount of money.

In addition, you will certainly be thinking about how to decorate the chairs with chair covers, even for Christmas or a wedding. In this article, we will tell you what chair covers are needed for, how they differ and what tips can help you avoid mistakes when choosing them. Let the celebration be a real magic and leave unforgettable memories.




Summary

  • Chair covers not only protect the furniture from wear and possible stains, but also help to transform the interior, add certain shades of colour to the room and decorate any event in a certain style.
  • The most important criteria when choosing chair covers are material, size, design and ease of installation.
  • Chair covers are available in all price categories from cheap to premium. Even among the inexpensive chair covers, there are definitely high-quality options.

The Best Chair Cover: Our Choices

Buying and rating criteria for chair covers

There are so many different chair covers on the market that it is not easy to choose the most suitable one for you. We have identified 4 important parameters that will save you time and allow you to find the right option:

Chair covers differ from each other in many ways, but we have decided to focus on four of them.

Material

When choosing covers, it is important to pay attention to the quality of the stitching and the fabric. The fabric must be durable, resistant to different types of dirt and easy to clean and wash. The quality of the fabric is crucial because the load on the covers is quite high. Nowadays, environmental friendliness and sustainability of the goods also play a very important role. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid disposable chair covers.

Size

There are manufacturers who produce covers for specific chair models or for chairs of a certain size. However, most of the covers currently on the market are universal and fit almost all four-legged chairs with backrests and without armrests. When purchasing, read the product description carefully to ensure that the covers are sized to fit your chairs.

Design

Chair covers are very popular furnishing elements because they allow you to easily and quickly decorate a room in a certain style and colour scheme. For elegant, luxurious furnishings, use high-quality fabrics such as velvet, suede and leather.

Less expensive covers are usually made of polyester, which makes them universal in size and suitable for almost all models of dining chairs. On sale are also chair covers with ribbons and bows, with different patterns and ornaments. You can even find special Christmas chair covers to decorate your home or flat for the Christmas holidays.

Ease of installation

Installing chair covers is a quick and straightforward process. Regardless of whether the covers are universal or for a specific chair model, installation usually doesn't take long. A universal polyester cover can be fitted to a chair in less than a minute. If the chair cover is designed with ribbons and bows, it may take a while, but in any case no more than 5 minutes.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about chair covers answered in detail

Before you make your final decision, take a look at these questions that will help you become more familiar with the topic of chair covers.

What are chair covers for?

Chair covers protect furniture from stains, moisture, scratches and sometimes even pets (or cats). In addition, chair covers are used in interiors to decorate the room for a party or just to give the interior a bit of a change. Most often chair covers are ordered to hide the visual defects of old chairs, but also for festive occasions such as weddings or Christmas parties.

What types of chair covers are there?

Chair covers differ in material, colour, pattern and cleaning recommendations. There are thick, scratch-resistant and waterproof chair covers, hard-wearing chair covers and disposable chair covers. Some covers are suitable for a specific chair model, but most are elastic and universal, so they fit almost any chair size. There are also themed chair covers for a specific party or event. For example, for a wedding or Christmas party.

How much do chair covers cost?

If you buy a set of 4 or 6 chair covers, the price per piece is quite reasonable. However, depending on the manufacturer and fabric, the cost of the chair covers can vary greatly. The most expensive cover set costs around 90 euros on Amazon.de.

Price range (each set of 6) Available products
Low-priced (up to 20 €) Universal and quite good, but a bit thin and not so sustainable
Medium-priced (20 - 50 €) Sustainable and also often water-repellent fabric, many variations of colours and patterns
High-priced (from 50 €) High-quality, thicker fabric, elegant, classy design

According to our observations, there are also quite qualitative variants among low-priced chair covers. However, if you like fancy fabrics, you should of course spend more money on them.

Can you sew the chair covers yourself?

If you can sew and love to sew, it is not that difficult to make your own chair covers. However, you first need to find and buy the right fabric, find or make a pattern, then cut the fabric and sew the covers on a sewing machine.

Of course, it is much more time-consuming than simply ordering factory-made chair covers. Besides, not every household has a sewing machine these days.

Which fabric is best for chair covers?

The best fabrics for chair covers are cotton with added synthetics (for elasticity) or polyester (for cheaper models). There are also special fabrics that do not wrinkle and that do not let moisture through. Velvet, leather and PU leather chair covers look classier, but are really more expensive than others.

Are chair covers difficult to clean?

Most chair covers can be washed in the washing machine. However, before making a purchase decision, pay careful attention to the information provided by the manufacturer. Some fabrics can only be washed by hand so that they do not lose their shape and continue to look good.

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The great thing about chair covers is that you can change them as you wish to create a new atmosphere at home. However, of course, they are first for protecting the furniture. (Image source: Pexels / Jean van der Meulen)

Chair covers with special water-repellent impregnation leave fewer stains, so they are easier to maintain.

Conclusion

Chair covers can really help in many situations in life. Instead of throwing away your old chair because it has stains, holes or scratches, you can order a cover and your favourite chair will look like new again. Not only will it save you money on buying new furniture, but it will also reduce the amount of waste that is produced on the planet more and more every year.

At the same time, chair covers are a great way to update your interior, add new colours and decorate the room for a party. The cost of chair covers is relatively low, so everyone can afford them. On the other hand, if you have bought new, expensive chairs for your home that you want to protect from damage, buying covers is also a good idea. (Cover photo: User Pexels on/ Pixabay)

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