Covers Designed with Your Needs in Mind

Covers are often an afterthought for a purchase, something you add on to prolong the life of a product, or something you realize you need when the weather becomes less than ideal. Most companies make covers that are treated as half-hearted commodities, made solely to fill the purpose of covering. They don’t speak to the value you place in your home, the unique conditions you face in your yard, nor your personal preferences. Our patio furniture covers are different. They’re more than fabric. They are unique: designed for you, your needs, and your home.

Patio furniture covers have the primary function of providing protection for your outdoor furniture. At Classic Accessories, we’ve been working on digging deeper, to create covers that keep the end user in mind while maintaining the quality that we strive, as a brand, to uphold.

We’ve delved into why you should protect your outdoor accessories, and topics like caring for your grill and selecting furniture materials for your patio. This month, we wanted to do a bit of a deeper look at some of the features that take our coverage to the next level; covers that move beyond their basic function to be more of a part of your home and lifestyle.

Every season, we strive to bring something new, interesting, and useful to the table, expanding and improving our cover selection. Selecting developments to make our covers more personalized and unique, ready to adapt to the conditions they will face in their future homes, and ready to be everything you need them to be.

A Legacy of Innovation

It Starts with Covers

Traditionally, covers have been focused on their passive performance. From materials to construction, it’s been about functionality: fitting and shielding.

Does it work? Is it really made for what I’m covering? Can this cover stand up to the elements? Does it protect the underlying materials? Will it enable the object it’s covering to last longer?

Covers, to really be covers, need to own up to those answers.

With Design in Mind

For us, design became a focus for our covers, because aesthetics is such an important factor in any home-bound purchase.

Even if this “works”, does it work for me? Do I like it in my yard or next to my home? Does this feel right? Is it my style?

We’ve spent years creating covers that look carefully at both functionality and design. Covers don’t have to be drab; They can have color, incorporate design lines, and fit into the aesthetics of your home. Our collections, from the two-tone, capable classic that is Veranda™ to the highly protective fabric in an indulgently dark color that constitutes Madrona®, our covers have personality and don’t compromise on protection.

For a quick view of our patio furniture covers and to find the right collection for you, you can consult the lovely chart heading the Patio Furniture Covers page.

For a more in-depth look at some of the design differences that make our long-standing collections unique, check out this blog post.

Conditional Awareness

We’ve refined and incorporated the quality-focused features and technology that go into our covers to make covers that fit your needs. Seeking these catered improvements has led us to several lines of covers constructed with features to address specific conditions that affect your yard and home.

Condition: Nowhere is safe from the sun
Solution: FadeSafe®

FadeSafe® fabrics stay strong against sun exposure

Certain environments experience more sun than others, causing materials to weather and fade, losing their luster far too soon.

We wanted to create covers using fabrics that would stay vibrant longer, despite being outdoors. FadeSafe® fabrics, which are solution-dyed
(made from material spun from colored yarn, rather than materials dyed after being woven) for colors that last longer against sun exposure. FadeSafe® fabrics are used throughout our Montlake® collection, from the patio furniture covers, cushions, hammocks, umbrellas

Condition: The rain doesn’t go away
Solution: RainProof™

RainProof™ lines have critical seams taped

Sometimes it rains. Sometimes it pours. Sometimes, you need a little bit more in the water-resistance arena than what is available in a standard cover. Rather than break out something in the pure plastic (tarp) family, we took a hint from human rain protection and sealed our seams.

In our Madrona® and StormPro™ RainProof™ lines, we reinforce the weather- and water-resistance that most of our cover materials have with special attention to the water-repellency and durability of the fabric using taped seams. Taped seams are common in waterproof garments and tents, involving the application of a sealing tape over seam lines to prevent water from permeating the fabric through holes made in the stitching process.

Condition: Windy weather stirring things up
Solution: WindLock®

WindLock®: a convenient attachment system

We want our customers to be blown away by our quality, but don’t want our covers to follow suit. Windy conditions (as well as other, non-weather-related conditions) can make wanting to secure your cover important.

We included buckles, rather than ties, to make fitting and securing covers easier. Taking the buckle a step further, we developed the WindLock® Attachment System (Patent 9155397 B2). This system allows you to secure the cover in a more versatile manner through a hem tunnel system that does not cause the bunching that comes with tying down an elastic hem. It’s a major feature of our Ravenna® collection.

Improving Interactions

These were strides forward, addressing concerns on aesthetics and weather-tolerance. We wanted to go beyond the aesthetics and begin to address the act of covering. Several of our grill cover collections released within the last year, SideSlider™, Porterhouse, and StormPro™, provided touch points to improve your interaction with the cover; covering and uncovering.

Problem: Covers can be cumbersome to put on and take off, and grill covers can see a lot of action over time
Solutions: SideSlider™ , Porterhouse™, and StormPro™

SideSlider™ provides an easy on/off process through the adoption of a full-height zipper and the use of reinforced materials that can withstand the sliding process.

Avoiding buckles all together, Porterhouse™ uses large, WrapTite™ panels with multiple points to secure the cover with hook and loop closure strips.

StormPro™ grill covers adopt a split-access skirt that provides access beneath the cover while in use as while simplifying cover installation and removal.

Along the train of thought of seeking better experiences with covers, we arrived at an interesting juncture. We had started to cover what happens when the cover’s on a product, but…what happens when it’s not?

Experience Matters

There is a growing focus in the industry on managing the full life cycle of a product, from use to reuse and beyond. We took a step in that direction, asking how can we best help people who have covers, when the covers aren’t in use.

What do you do with a cover after you take it off?

Fold it. Well, we do, at the least. This is especially true amongst our Design and Creative teams. It’s impressive to watch our long-tenure designers take down an RV cover and get it back to nearly the factory-fold. However, those teams spend inordinate amounts of time with the covers, draping, designing, measuring, staging, photographing, and more. The finesse we have comes from constant interaction.

Our consumers would only be dealing with covers on a seasonal or environmentally-biased basis. If folding isn’t simple or intuitive for someone, confusion and chaos generally ensue, in the form of great swaths of wadded fabric. It’s less tasking to just shove covers into a storage container for the season; we even know that some people use our cushion storage bags to this end. Stuff-to-stow is an easy answer and acceptable for some; however, the end result is rarely pretty and leaves some dissatisfied, if the quantity of inquiries we get to Customer Support regarding how to fold covers is any indication.

There are people who want to fold the covers, but it’s neither an intuitive nor simple process. Frustration with the covers, and/or spending unseemly amounts of time trying to fold the covers neatly, for storage or presentation, are not great experiences. We weren’t okay with that. Great experiences are what we strive for, and we were leaving some customers behind.

Solving the Problem

A more nuanced look at the “why” for folding covers informed our answer. For some, folding covers is part of the process of beautifying their home, ensuring that things are neat and tidy at all levels. A folded cover is smaller and easier to manage. It takes up less room while in storage and is easier to bring out of storage, especially if it’s part of a larger organizational system. Poorly folded covers do not fit in the discrete cabinets or other storage options already at home in and around the patio. Folding covers is about simplicity, neatness, and organization.

For the people who do fold, or want to fold, we determined three key puzzles to solve:

  1. How to fold a cover simply
  2. How to make the folds in such a way that the folded cover is neat and small
  3. How to make this easily repeatable

Creating how-to-fold tutorials was the simple answer—and is something that we might pursue moving forward, for people who love our covers, in any category, but struggle with storage neatness or fitting the covers into their current organization system. This answered the “how-to” question, potentially the “neat” question, and was repeatable. It was not, however, the most elegant solution; certain materials and cover configurations simply cannot be folded down to a small size. The cover itself prevents it. Covers are designed to fit furniture, not to be folded.

We needed a cover that was designed to be folded.

Intentional Design

The solution took time. We wanted to design something that was able to be folded consistently and intuitively, without compromising on the quality of the fabric, the fit, or the aesthetics.

Our designers looked at cover handling, how people interacted not only with covers, but with the touch points on the covers. How someone might approach taking off a grill cover as opposed to a chair or sectional.

Once key interactions were determined, the puzzle narrowed into a game of constructing the cover in such a way that when the fabric was lifted away from the object it was covering and was subject only to gravity and the natural deformations caused by the material, folding was intuitive. Happening almost in response to being removed from the furniture.

Handling Covers

The handle became a focal point in the process. Handles are, in name and function, what people reach towards when starting to uncover furniture. The best way to organize the steps of cover folding was the strategic placement of handles on the cover. In Storigami™, the handles were placed in locations that were easily reachable, instinctively part of lifting the cover, and naturally causing the fabric to begin to gather in an encouraging way.

“Intuitive” became our focus. We wanted to create a cover that folded naturally and used gravity for that purpose.

-Delina Wells, Designer and Market Trend Analyst

An Answer in Seams

Handles would give people a first step, something to grab onto to begin their interaction with our cover. It was simple. How to intuitively drive the next step took more strategy. Most fabrics do not have a shape that they hold on their own. The form of the material is determined by its attachments and interactions with other pieces of fabric. Getting the fabric to act the way it needed to in order to be simply folded required experimenting with seams. It required discovering which constructions would cause the fabric to fold the way we desired it to fold.

Determining the seam placement and types of seam took time. Patterns our designers were familiar with could serve as templates in some cases but proved inadequate in others. The fabric had to cover the intended object completely, but the fabric panels and seam lines needed to work together so that there were even, graceful folds.

Storigami™ was a unique design experience. Each style had to be approached in a different way and each provided its own challenge.

I had to figure out the best construction and seam placement to achieve the folding function in an intuitive and accessible way. Starting was always the hardest part, it wasn’t always easy to see how an item would fold, and it would take some time to find the best method of folding that was both intuitive and easy to use.

The best part of the process were the “eureka” moments, ideas would come up out of the blue and it was always exciting when I found the best way to fold a style.

Jose Derteano, Associate Designer

Our design team spent over a year perfecting the design of the covers, ultimately creating something truly special, Storigami™.

Storigami™

Storigami™ is debuting as our newest patio furniture cover collection; however, it’s more than a cover. It’s an exploration, a new way of thinking about experiences in outdoor living spaces.

Storigami™ was a proof of concept that demonstrated the innovation that comes from exploring customer experiences and designing to enhance product interactions and use.

In Storigami ™, you have a collection of covers with thoughtful attention being given to your personal preferences for product storage and upkeep. It’s a collection for the neat-at-heart and tirelessly organized.

Resonating deeply with our desire to provide thoughtful solutions for our consumers, the Storigami™ collection is a milestone for Classic Accessories®.

When looking for a cover, don’t settle. Classic Accessories offers a variety of covers made for you and your furniture. Whether you want a cover that fits into your organizational style, a cover with features catered to your home’s weather conditions, or a cover that simply speaks to you aesthetically, we’ve got you covered.

Covers Designed with Your Needs in Mind

Cover your Gear

Why Cover my Outdoor gear?

One question we often receive is: “why cover your outdoor gear?” It’s a good question, why should you cover a grill, boat, patio furniture, RV, car, etc.? For that matter, why should you cover patio furniture or anything really, in a dry climate? Will the rain cause some kind of damage to my gear; it’s meant to be outside, right?

Want to know about a specific category of covers? Check out these posts:
Patio Furniture Covers
Lawn and Garage and Lawn Equipment Covers
Car Covers and Truck Covers
RV Covers
Boat Covers
UTV, ATV, and Snowmobile Covers
Golf Cart Enclosures and Covers

Already past convincing and want to know how to measure for a cover? Click your category:
Patio Furniture Covers,
Lawn and Garage and Lawn Equipment Covers,
Car Covers and Truck Covers,
RV Covers,
Boat Covers,
UTV, ATV, and Snowmobile Covers,
Golf Cart Enclosures and Covers

Great reasons to protect your outdoor furniture, equipment, and gear with a cover. Covers:

  1. Protect from water damage
    Covers help limit water accumulation directly on the product, especially when the cover has water resistant or waterproof qualities.This can help prevent rust and corrosion. Additionally, standing water and moisture can lead to mildewing.*

    1. *Mildew (and mold) are fungi  that occur due to the interaction between water and organic material. Covers are only able to help limit this and require some cleaning and ventilation, so that organic elements that have made their way onto your gear don’t have a chance to grow.
  2. Keep out dust and debris
    Wind can blow dust, dirt, and debris against your gear, causing weathering and scuffing. Covers are a layer between your gear and the elements.
  3. Protect from damaging UV rays
    Direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration. Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of this light, increasing the longevity of your product at its current exposure level.
  4. Prevent pests
    Animals and insects will make a home anywhere. Covers can’t fully prevent them from nesting in your furniture and gear, however they can deter the discovery of these hidden places by making it more difficult for critters to find their way in.
  5. Provide for savings
    All of these factors lead to you spending less time dealing with avoidable problems with the assets that enable your favorite outdoor activities. Investing in a cover can reduce your time and cost spent on maintenance/repair, likely reducing the frequency at which you need to replace your furniture, car, boat, RV, etc.
  6. Reduce cleaning time
    By protecting your gear with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year.
  7. Maintain your yard’s aesthetics
    Covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your outdoor space.

We believe that covers are a great investment for the future of your outdoor gear. We love getting outside to enjoy our yards and nature with friends and family. That time together is a huge part of what people love about their patios, boats, RVs, and vehicles. Saving time not sweating the small stuff (like cleaning and avoidable deterioration) is a benefit that’s hard to talk down. Regardless of your cover use or disuse, we hope that you are able to find time to care for your gear so that it’s there when you really want to get out and enjoy the experience.

 

Cover your Gear

Golf Cart Enclosures and Covers

Why Cover A Golf Cart?

Jump to “How to Measure a Golf Cart for an Enclosure or Cover”

Aside from providing you increased comfort and increasing your ability to play a few rounds if there’s light rain (and no thunder, of course), golf cart enclosures and covers are a great way to avoid excessive dust buildup and keep pests out. They’re particularly fitting for golf carts that have to be stored outside.

Enclosures….

  1. Help limit exposure to the elements
    The main benefit of enclosures, is that they will provide some relief for the rider from dust, dirt, rain and wind.
  2. Prevent pests
    It cannot prevent certain critters from finding a way in, but a fully enclosed golf cart is more difficult for pests, such as spiders and bees to invade.

Covers…

  1. Help limit exposure to the elements
    Covers provide a layer of shielding between your cart and these elements when your cart is not in use. Wind can blow dust, dirt, and debris against your gear, causing weathering and scuffing. Covers help limit water accumulation directly on the product, especially when the cover has water resistant or waterproof qualities. This can help prevent rust and corrosion. Standing water and moisture can lead to mildewing*

    1. *Mildew (and mold) are fungi  that occur due to the interaction between water and organic material. Covers are only able to help limit this and require some cleaning and ventilation, so that organic elements that have made their way onto your gear don’t have a chance to grow.
  2. Provide protection from UV rays
    Direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration. Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of the light that does the most damage, increasing the longevity of your product at its current exposure level. This can be one way that golf cart seat covers are especially useful.
  3. Prevent pests
    Covers can make it more difficult for insects to find their way into the golf cart in the off season, as well as other unwanted rodents that would seek to nest in the equipment.
  4. Reduce cleaning time
    By protecting your gear with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year due to reduced exposure to dirt, dust, and pollen. Pollen can increase the rate of deterioration for a golf carts and their seating, so a cover can help prolong the lifespan of your cart given its current exposure levels.
  5. Aesthetics
    Full coverage golf cart covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your yard, taking the noisy shapes within a golf cart and reducing it down to a single form. Golf cart seat covers can clean up a well-worn seat, or protect it from particular environmental elements (salt and sand at a beach, for example).

 


How to measure a Golf cart for an Enclosure or Cover

 

Measuring a golf cart for a cover or enclosure is fairly self-explanatory. The style of roof is partially determined by the seating arrangement of the cart, but please do measure by hand to be certain. Also, please take care while measuring the roof, from whichever direction you decide to measure it. Having a friend help can be useful.

 


Please feel free to reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315 Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PST if you have any additional questions regarding any topic related to our products. The Classic Accessories website also has information regarding warranty, as well as FAQs.

Golf Cart Enclosures and Covers

UTV Covers, ATV Covers, and Snowmobile Covers

Why Cover UTVs, ATVs, or Snowmobiles?

Jump to “How to Measure UTVs, ATVs, and Snowmobiles for Covers”

Some days all you want to do is get out and go. Let nothing slow or deprive you of your adventure. Covers (applied post a good cleaning) keep your favorite alternative transportation in tip-top shape and ready for the next ride. Power Sport vehicle covers…

  1. Help protect your equipment from water damage
    Covers help limit water accumulation directly on the product, especially when the cover has water resistant or waterproof qualities. This can help prevent rust and corrosion. Additionally, left unattended, standing water (and moisture) can lead to mildewing.* Covers keep a layer between your vehicle and the elements. Helping you forgo preventable refinishing or painting makes them a cost-effective way to maintain the aesthetics of your favorite equipment.

    1. *Mildew (and mold) are fungi  that occur due to the interaction between water and organic material. Covers are only able to help limit this and require some cleaning and ventilation, so that organic elements that have made their way onto your gear don’t have a chance to grow.
  2. Keep out dust and debris
    If you keep your equipment outside, then you expose it to additional weathering. While not ideal for long-term storage without proper aeration, covers can limit the scuffing caused by wind-blown dust, dirt, and debris. Covers will also limit dust accumulation on a vehicle kept inside a garage.
  3. Provide protection from UV ray damage
    Again, applying to mostly outdoor equipment, direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration. Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of the light that does the most damage, increasing the longevity of your product at its current exposure level. Seat covers can be a good way to keep your occasionally empty passenger-side seat from losing its luster on a UTV.
  4. Prevent pests from nesting
    Rodents and other critters are known to burrow or make nests in unwanted places. Covers can make it more difficult for critters to find these nooks and wind up causing themselves or you injury (or from damaging your gear).
  5. Reduce cleaning time
    By protecting your gear with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year by preventing the accumulation of dust and pollen.
  6. Aesthetics
    Covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your yard. Covers will only hide the accumulation of dirt and whatnot from your forays into the city and wilderness, they will not help your vehicle be cleaner inherently. It’s important to keep your gear in good condition, even in the off season and to clean it thoroughly after each use.

 


How to measure UTVs, ATVs, and Snowmobiles for covers

Getting the right cover for your power sport vehicle can be a challenge. There is a surprising variability to the size and shape of these vehicles that leaves the idea of a “universal fit” difficult to answer. If you have any questions or concerns, or find yourself at a loss regarding your particular model, please feel free to reach out to our Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315.
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As an aside, models for these vehicles change year to year, and our covers may not always indicate which years our accessories and covers are best suited for. Customer Service can help you match your dimensions to our closest fit if one is available.


Please feel free to reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315 Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PST if you have any additional questions regarding any topic related to our products. The Classic Accessories website also has information regarding warranty, as well as FAQs.

UTV Covers, ATV Covers, and Snowmobile Covers

Boat Covers

Why Cover A Boat or Personal WaterCraft?

Includes: Boats, Pontoon Boats, Personal Watercraft, Paddle Boards, and Kayaks

Jump to “How to Measure Boats or Personal Watercraft for a Cover”

Covering your boat is very similar to covering your car. A cover is an investment in maintaining your favorite method to get-out-on-the-water-now. Boat covers help your vessel stay at its best when high-and-dry. If covering your boat seems questionable, The IBoat Forum may be a good place to go to, to read through the debate from the perspective of boat owners.

A boat cover…

  1. Deters theft
    According to SavvyBoater.com, the top three items stolen from boats are electronics, outboards, and outdrives. Something about an open boat can attract people to either steal something or climb up into your property. A boat cover helps keep things secure and off-limits.
  2. Protects against UV rays
    Direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration. UV rays can damage a boat’s paint, finish, and seating (vinyl). Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of the light that does the most damage to these materials, increasing the longevity of your product (at its current exposure level).
    Note: DO NOT cover a new boat or a boat that has recently been painted. Color from a cover can transfer to the fiberglass of a boat if the boat is new. Please wait 4 weeks before using a cover to allow the boat to fully settle. There are a variety of fiberglass cleaners in the market that will remove the color deposits, if such occur. It takes time for the chemicals to fully settle into place. The boat should not be covered for at least 2 months following a paint job. If you used a lacquer-based paint, never use a cover, it will end badly.
  3. Keeps dust and debris at bay
    Wind can blow dust, dirt, and debris against your boat, potentially causing weathering and scuffing.
  4. Protects against minor dents and dings
    Again, this won’t save you from anything serious, but may help keep a brush against the boat from damaging the paint job.
  5. Provides a way to keep maintenance time down
    Covers take a bit of brunt of nature so that your boat doesn’t have to. They are especially useful for helping with preventable seat and motor wear & tear.
  6. Lessens cleaning time

    By protecting your gear with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year. Quicker to get out on the water and enjoy yourself!
  7. Protects from water damage
    Covers help limit water accumulation directly on the product, especially when the cover has water resistant or waterproof qualities. This can help prevent rust and corrosion. Standing water and moisture can lead to mildewing.*
    Please always keep the bilge/boat drain plug open when you’re on land, to allow for proper drainage of your vessel. Covers can limit new accumulation, but few are truly waterproof and water from rain can accumulate in the bottom of the boat. Keeping your boat unplugged is the best way to prevent this.

    1. *Mildew (and mold) are fungi  that occur due to the interaction between water and organic material. Covers are only able to help limit this and require some cleaning and ventilation, so that organic elements that have made their way onto your gear don’t have a chance to grow.
  8. Keeps critters away
    Rodents and other pests are known to seek refuge in nooks and other odd places. Covers can make it more difficult for critters to find and nest in such crevices.
  9. Maintains Yard Aesthetics
    Covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your outdoor space by simplifying shapes.

Important note: if you choose to trailer a trailerable boat cover (not all covers are made to be trailered), please ensure that your boat is clean prior to installing the cover. The trailering straps on a dirty boat can rub against your boat’s finish to an effect akin to sand paper (vibration between the strap and the boat with dirt, sand and salt particles caught between) causing marks on the boat’s surface. For long trips regularly check your boat to make sure it is secure and properly fastened as straps can come loose. Check out this Mastercraft forum for more.

Boat Motors

Boat motors are susceptible to UV rays too, causing chipping and cracks. Even if you don’t think a cover’s right for you, we think that it’s truly important to consider the upkeep of this element of your boat. Check out this video on boats.com to learn more about how to care for a boat motor. Motors may not be covered by our boat covers, due to the variability in size and location for motors. There are covers for outboard motors available on our site.


How to measure a Boat or Personal Watercraft for a cover

We recommend making this a two person job for safety’s-sake. While it is a time-consuming process, we recommend measuring these products by hand so that you know the actual physical dimensions of the vessel; manufacturers will often include auxiliary elements in the estimated length, depending on how the item it to be towed.

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Please feel free to reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315 Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PST if you have any additional questions regarding any topic related to our products. The Classic Accessories website also has information regarding warranty, as well as FAQs.

Boat Covers

Garage and Lawn Equipment Covers

Why Cover Lawn and Garage Equipment?

Jump to “How to Measure Lawn and Garage Equipment for a Cover”

Some say that the perfect yard party starts with a perfect yard. That may be true, but it’s easier said than done. Your garage (and sometimes yard) likely has an assortment of equipment specially selected or required to fine tune the landscape to your needs. Each piece of equipment is an investment in the look and feel of your (outdoor) home. Covers keep it clean.

Lawn and Garage equipment covers…

  1. Maintain the appearance of your garage or yard
    Covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your equipment, no matter the amount of wear and tear they’ve seen.
  2. Protect your gear from water damage
    For people who keep  garage and tool items outdoors, or in locations that are exposed, a water resistant cover can help limit water accumulation directly on the product. This can help prevent rust and corrosion. It is important to note that while vents can help prevent the accumulation of moisture, they cannot prevent it entirely. If you plan to store anything under a cover, it is important to keep this in mind and allow your items to air out every so often to ensure they dry completely.
  3. Prevent pests
    Rodents and spiders are known to make a home in any available location, including gaps, crevices, and nooks in equipment. The animals, you, and your equipment can suffer as a result. Covers make it a bit harder for pests to make their way onto your equipment and in harm’s way.
  4. Keep out dust and debris
    Wind can blow dust, dirt, and debris against your gear, causing weathering and scuffing.
  5. Provide protection from UV rays
    Again, for people who keep equipment where it may be exposed, direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration. Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of the light that does the most damage, increasing the longevity of your product at its current exposure level.
  6. Reduce investments in cosmetic repairs
    Investing in a cover can reduce your time and cost spent on maintenance/repair, likely reducing the frequency at which you need to replace your equipment for reasons like UV damage.
  7. Reduce cleaning time
    By protecting your gear with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year.

 

Why Cover a Bicycle

Bikes are a wonderful accessory to have. They make for great transportation and sport. If cleanliness is next to godliness, then the god of bikes may have a bike cover.

Covering a bicycle will:

  1. Deter thieves
    Covers deter thievery in bicycles, indoors and outdoors, because said hooligan(s) can’t just hop on a ride away into the night.
  2. Keep dust and grit from getting into the chains and/or gears
    This only applies to the bike while it’s in storage (apologies). Covers will only hide the accumulation of dirt and whatnot from your forays into the city and wilderness. Kidding aside, it’s important to keep your bike in good condition, even in the off season and to clean it thoroughly before using again.

Why cover a Log Rack

Log racks are standing by to help you have a great fire–indoors, outdoors in a fire pit, or on the grill. While these are very low maintenance items, they could use a little help from a cover to be that much more useful.

  1. Keep logs dry and away from moisture
    Like with a fire pit cover, the log rack cover helping limit direct exposure to water and moisture has the added bonus of making sure your wood is ready to roll when you’re ready for a fire. This won’t prevent a torrential downpour from getting to your wood, but an early dew should not be allowed to dampen spirits.

Why cover Trash and recycling

Covering your trash and recycling bins is a unique way to keep both products safe and undamaged. Oftentimes trash and recycling bins can crack or be damaged by regular wear and tear. However, we know most people don’t care about their bins that much. Additionally, there is a downside to these covers; they can’t be on when you have your bins out for collection, so they require some maintenance. The biggest benefit of these covers is simply that covering your trash or recycling bin:

  1. Enhances the aesthetic appearance of an otherwise unsightly item
    Covering is a way to up the aesthetics of two of the more unfortunate items you can’t eliminate from your yard.

Why cover a Snow Thrower

If stored outside, a snow thrower should be covered when not in use to protect against bird and tree droppings, rain, snow, and sun damage. Like other covers, this would ideally require some additional ventilation after extreme weather.

Indoors, a snow thrower should still be covered to avoid dust buildup in and on the machine.

Classic Accessories has a selection of covers for both single and double stage snow throwers.


 

How to measure lawn and Garage equipment for a cover

While we strive to create covers that are easy to use, finding the right cover for your equipment is not always easy, especially given the variance in equipment sizes. While we advise measuring your equipment, please take care when doing so as to neither hurt yourself nor damage your equipment.

 

How to measure lawn care equipment for a cover

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How to measure a Bicycle for a cover

It is important to measure the bicycle(s) to the dimensions they are in while at rest.

 

How to measure a log rack for a cover

As a note, when measuring your log rack cover, if your logs are on average longer than the rack, please measure to the outermost instance of the log(s).

 


Please feel free to reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315 Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PST if you have any additional questions regarding any topic related to our products. The Classic Accessories website also has information regarding warranty, as well as FAQs.

Garage and Lawn Equipment Covers

RV Covers

Why Cover A RV?

Jump to “How to Measure a RV for a Cover”

RV’s are more than a box sitting in your driveway. They are exploration vehicles, the best way to get away, your home away from home. As such, they deserve more reverence than a box. They deserve a cover. RV covers….

  1. Provide protection from damaging UV rays
    UV rays can crack the paint and fade the finish on your RV
  2. Help keep nature out
    Sitting in your yard or driveway, your RV awaits its next adventure. Typically, RV’s will sit for several seasons waiting for spring to allow to time and weather to really travel. During this movement hiatus, your RV is exposed to all kinds of elements. After ensuring your RV is properly winterized, cleaned and dried, applying a cover helps keep dirt, pollen, leaves and water from directly hammering your RV. For additional cleaning tips, click here.
    Note: Due to the Gel Coat Finish on some RVs (especially fiberglass RVs), clouding may occur after extended use of a cover. If spotting or clouding appear after using a storage cover, clean and wax the vehicle to remove any trapped environmental pollutants like dirt and moisture.  To prevent reoccurrence, clean and apply a top quality wax between 2 and 4 times a year, depending on the level of exposure to the elements.
  3. Reduce cleaning time
    While you did spend the time cleaning the RV in the winterization process, covers will help speed up the spring clean immensely by limiting the dust, debris, pollen, and leaves that find their way onto your RV and sit.
  4. Help deter pests
    Rodents and other critters are known to burrow or make nests in your RV. While covers cannot totally prevent an invasion, and cannot prevent you from trapping animals in your RV, they do add a layer between the outside and your RV. This would, ideally make it more difficult for a mouse to find its way into your under-cabinet and under-bed storage areas to nest in the backup fishing gear and towels to make its winter home.
  5. Aesthetics
    For those with strict HOAs or less than perfect campers, covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your outdoor space.

Also consider other RV accessories to get similar benefits of reducing UV exposure to your steering wheel, dashboard, and tires. Our tire covers are available in a variety of sizes. if you have any questions, please reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315.


How to Measure a RV for a Cover

According to Lisa Zuroff, one of our customer service representatives, RV covers are a hot topic for customer support. Many of the questions they receive revolve around fit and how to measure. Here are three measurement tips for Classic Accessories RV Covers from our Customer Service Team:

  1. Height: Measure from the top of your RV to the ground. Do not include the air conditioning unit on the top of the RV in this measurement.
  2. Length: Measure bumper to bumper. Do not include the tongue and hitch in the measurement.
  3. Width: For teardrop or R-pod RVs, do not include tire guards in your width measurement.
    This will result in extra, loose fabric existing for your cover which will thus lack fit

Customer Service also recommends not using the manufacturer’s measurements, because the manufacturer will account for elements that are not part of the main body. This happens quite often for any trailer with a tongue and hitch as oftentimes the listed manufacturer’s measurements include them (because it’s part of what you are towing behind you). It is instead recommended to see what your measurements are by physically measuring the RV, which is not the easiest task. We highly recommend having a team (or at least partner) to help with the measuring process.

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Please feel free to reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315 Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PST if you have any additional questions regarding any topic related to our products. The Classic Accessories website also has information regarding warranty, as well as FAQs.

RV Covers

Car Covers and Truck Covers

Why Cover your CAR, TRUCK, or SUV?

Includes: Cars, Hatchback, SUVs and Pickups

Jump to “How to Measure Your Car, Truck or SUV for a Cover”

Covers aren’t just for fancy or expensive cars (although those cars assuredly could use a cover). They’re for your everyday car, or the car you keep for certain seasons or purposes. Covers are great tools to help preserve the time you spend cleaning and maintaining your car, so that it lasts beyond that initial time investment. Covers prevent unnecessary environmental nuisances from coating your vehicle when it sits outside and can limit dust accumulation inside.

Your car, SUV, and/or truck should have a cover because a car, truck or SUV cover:

  1. Keeps out dust and debris
    Wind can blow dust, dirt, and debris against your gear, causing weathering and scuffing. Covers provide a layer of protection between the elements and your vehicle. Notably, it is important to make sure the car is clean and dry prior to covering, for best results.
  2. Protects your paint job and finish from UV rays
    Direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration, effecting your car’s paint job. Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of the light that does the most damage, increasing the longevity of your product at its current exposure level.
    Note: DO NOT cover a car that has recently been painted. It takes time for the chemicals to fully settle into place. It should not be covered for at least 2 months following a paint job. If you used a lacquer-based paint, never use a cover, it will end badly.
    Note: If the clear coat on your vehicle is thin or failing, using a storage cover can reveal oxidation.  Oxidation can show up as clouding, spots and imprints of the cover.  This is because covers can trap dirt and slow evaporation allowing time for pollutants to deposit into the paint, which is why if you plan to cover your car, it is recommended to check your clear coat and make sure the car is clean prior to covering.  The spots may be buffed out but we advise consulting an automotive paint specialist first to confirm the gel coat condition so you vehicle.
  3. Provides a cost effective way to keep your vehicle in top shape
    Investing in a cover can reduce your time and cost spent on maintenance/repair, likely reducing the frequency at which you need to replace your vehicle. At the very least, it helps diminish the need for environmentally-induced cosmetic wear and tear.
  4. Reduces cleaning time
    By protecting your gear with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year, because dust debris, leaves, and pollen are not crowding on the surface of your vehicle.
  5. Protects from “environmental nuisances”

    Pollen on top of the car
    DanBruell. Pollen on top of the Car. CC BY-ND 2.0. https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr-morshee/3494512738

    Environmental nuisances include bird droppings, tree sap, leaves, and pollen. While known to be annoying as the ‘yellow blanket’ of the spring season, pollen is actually more than annoying; it’s damaging. The acidity of pollen can corrode your car. For tips on taking care of cars that see a lot of pollen, check out this page for NAPA’s advice on the issue.

  6. Helps limit damage to older, classic cars
    For those people who own a classic car that was perhaps made with a less durable material, such as vinyl, a car cover can prolong the life of your vehicle, since certain materials are more susceptible to elemental damage.
  7. Helps prevent light scratches and dings
    We’re not saying this will prevent your neighbor from backing into your car, but there is a layer between your car and a person carrying groceries with a buckled purse over their shoulder that could help buffer the impact.
  8. Protects from water damage
    Covers help limit water accumulation directly on the product, especially when the cover has water resistant or waterproof qualities. This can help prevent rust and corrosion. Additionally, standing water and moisture can lead to mildewing* and a cover can help keep this away from the surface of the vehicle.

    1. *Mildew (and mold) are fungi  that occur due to the interaction between water and organic material. Covers are only able to help limit this and require some cleaning and ventilation, so that organic elements that have made their way onto your gear don’t have a chance to grow.
  9. Maintains Yard Aesthetics
    Covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your outdoor space, for those who cover vehicles for environmental reasons.
  10. Deters Theft
    Covers take time to take off (not much, but since they are large, it makes a scene more than a quick jab at a window or handle would).

  11. Prevents pests
    Covers can make it more difficult for critters to find and nest in crevices and holes in equipment.

How to Measure your Car, Truck, or SUV for a Cover

Cars are fairly large (and they’re the smaller of the four-wheeled automobiles. Please take car when measuring your vehicle for a cover, and consider having someone assist you, or be aware that you’re taking measurements.

Note: our covers are not designed to entirely cover the wheels of your vehicle.

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Please feel free to reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315 Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PST if you have any additional questions regarding any topic related to our products. The Classic Accessories website also has information regarding warranty, as well as FAQs.

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Car Covers and Truck Covers

Patio Furniture and Grill Covers

Why Cover Patio Furniture?

There are a lot of elements to your patio that make it your ideal outdoor space to do what you and your family love to do outside. Covers are useful for different patio components for reasons you may not expect. For more on the importance of covering your patio furniture, based on material, check out our earlier blog post, “All About Patio Furniture,”

 

Reasons to protect all of your patio furniture with a cover; a patio furniture cover….

  1. Keeps out environmental nuisances
    Wind can blow dust, dirt, and debris against your gear, causing weathering and scuffing. A cover is a layer between your furniture and the elements, and can limit the accumulation of dust, pollen, and leaves directly on your favorite items. Note: Covers are just part of the patio furniture cleaning process. Always refer to your care instructions for the most informed methods of cleaning and caring for your furniture.
  2. Maintains your patio’s aesthetics
    Covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your patio even when leaves or pollen are around, even more than the potential damage from such materials, covers make for a quick cleanup for that one-day-it-happens-to-be-sunny-and-we-need-to-go-outside.
    Note: While covers are a wonderful way to help protect your patio furniture, due to nature of the materials in covers, there is a risk of plasticizer migration-a chemical reaction between the materials in the cover and certain furniture materials. To prevent this from occurring, it is recommended that you elevate the surface of the cover from large points of contact (such as a tabletop). One way to elevate the cover would be by using a support pole.
  3. Protects from UV rays
    Direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration. Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of the light that does the most damage, increasing the longevity of your product at its current exposure level.
  4. Protects against water damage
    Covers help limit water accumulation directly on the product, especially when the cover has water resistant or waterproof qualities. This can help prevent rust and corrosion. Standing water and moisture can lead to mildewing.* For optimal results, when using covers for extended periods, regular aeration and checking of your furniture is essential.
    Note: for furniture with cushions, it is not recommended to leave the cushions on the furniture while covering the furniture. The materials that make up cushions need to breathe or you run the risk of creating an environment for mold. Cushions should be removed and allowed to fully dry before being placed in a safe location, such as a cushion storage bag, indoors, for the season.

    1. *Mildew (and mold) are fungi  that occur due to the interaction between water and organic material. Covers are only able to help limit this and require some cleaning and ventilation, so that organic elements that have made their way onto your gear don’t have a chance to grow.
  5. Prevents pests
    Rodents and other critters are known to burrow or make nests in your patio furniture, including grills, heaters, and such. Covers can make it more difficult for critters to find these items and nest in the crevices therein.
  6. Provides a cost and time savings
    Investing in a cover can reduce your time and cost spent on maintenance and repair, likely reducing the frequency at which you need to replace your favorite patio furniture.
  7. Reduces cleaning time
    By protecting your patio furniture with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year, because you’ve limited the nuisances that make their way onto the surface of your furniture.

Why Cover a Grill?

Grills are real investments in your outdoor space. They act as an extension of your kitchen, bridging the gap between the dinner table and the patio table. Don’t leave your grill to face the elements alone: cover it.

Let a cover take on the direct weather and UV damage you see in a season.

Here are some specific advantages to investing in a grill cover. A grill cover:

  1. Keeps out dust and debris
    Dust and debris in a grill can cause a number of issues, including unsanitary cooking conditions and fires in catch pans. Regular grill maintenance is the best way to keep your grill sanitary and make sure it lasts. Covers help keep some avoidable nuisances (pollen, leaves, etc.) from accumulating on the surface, especially in the off season, when you’re using your grill less.
  2. Helps avoid grease runoff
    Since covers help limit your exposure to dust, debris and rain, these elements are less likely to fill up the grease catch pan, generally located below the main fire box. Overflowing of this pan can cause grease to end up running onto your patio and ruining it. As a note, the cover only helps prevent outside elements from entering the pan; it won’t prevent the grease pan from filling up from grilling/grease and still requires regular inspection and cleaning.
  3. Keeps critters out
    Believe it or not, even grills are susceptible to pest problems. Birds, small animals and spiders making homes in uncovered grills or smokers is a potential risk. Covers are just one way to reduce the chance for nesting to occur. Note: avoid buying felt-lined or flannel-lined grill covers since mice and squirrels can use the fabric for nesting, according to thespruceeats.com.
  4. Protects the grill’s accessories
    Grill accessories, like side tables, tank doors, and controls, are commonly made with cheaper metals than the main body of the grill is made with, and so are more susceptible to the elements. Covers take the brunt of the elements so these items don’t have to.

Why Cover a Dining Table Set?

One issue that tables may face (more so than other patio furniture) is warping (primarily due to the table’s size). Covers can be a useful tool because covering:

  1. Helps avoid warping in wood
    Adding a cover to your wood patio furniture can reduce water and humidity’s ability to warp wood
    Important note: Most covers and concrete do not mix. The layer within covers that helps prevent water from seeping through is reactive with concrete and can cause the cover to stick to the surface. Please do not cover any concrete furniture with a cover.

 

Why Cover a Fire pit?

  1. Avoids dampness during use
    A cover will prevent your bonfire with friends and/or family from being ruined by rainfall the night before, or even the day of but helping keep excess moisture off of your charcoal, wood, or the general surface of the fire pit.

Why Cover a Stand-up heater?

  1. Prevents pests
    As mentioned, covers help keep critters out of small spaces. This is especially true of stand-up heaters.

“I cannot tell you the make and model of my patio heater, but I can tell you that dirt dobber wasps love to fill the tube that carries the pilot light gas up to the burner every year. To clean out the hardened mud requires that I almost fully disassemble the patio heater. The Madrona Patio heater cover will put an end to this annual ritual (and a few expletives). The cover is easy to install. It has a quality zipper around the heat reflector on top and a very long quality zipper from the bottom to the top. A draw-string along the bottom seals the patio heater from most pests, including mud dobber wasps. The fabric is a crayon brown canvas that complements most deck decors.”-9acresofwoods from Auburn, GA

For more customer regarding covering outdoor heaters, check out these reviews on our Madrona RainProof Stand-Up Patio Heater.

Why Cover the Seating?

While the advantages of covering seating is largely the same as most furniture items, such as resistance to water, protection from debris, and protection from UV damage; however, it is important to note the added benefit of having these protections for the place you plan to sit. Nothing ends the party early like sitting on bird droppings or being the person who finds the first puddle. With chair covers, you know that your chairs are much more likely to be ready for occupancy at a moment’s notice.

 

Why Cover an Umbrella?

Covering your umbrella may seem unintuitive; umbrellas are for covering, right? However, it is an underrated way to lengthen your umbrella’s lifespan. Covering your umbrella helps prevent damage from water, dust and debris, and UV rays.

 

Why Cover an AC?

  1. Helps prevent coils from freezing
    According to All Systems Mechanical, if there is heavy rain or snowfall that gets into your AC unit and then freezes or refreezes, it can damage the unit’s coils, which maintain the cold air in your household. A cover can limit unexpected accumulation in these units.

How to Measure Patio Furniture
For a Cover

Includes: BBQ + Grill, Cooling, Dining + Table, Heating, Hot Tub, Seating, Sectionals and Patio Groupings.

Measuring your patio furniture can be a tricky process, after all there isn’t a set way to call out dimensions for furniture and sometimes what’s on the package doesn’t seem to match up with what you have on hand. Measuring your furniture as it sits on your patio is recommended to make sure you find the best fitting cover for your furniture.

How to measure a Grill for a Cover

Grills can be tricky to measure for the right fit-if you have a specific question, please reach out to our Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315. We vote on trusting measurements you take yourself over the manufacturer’s critical dimensions, which are not necessarily as accurate as they could be, or may (or  may not) include accessories in resting positions.

Here’s how to measure your grill for the right cover:

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How to Meause an AC for AC Cover

Visit the cooling cover page on our website for more information.

How to measure a Dining Table Set for a Cover

Meausing your table and chairs seems like a no-brainer; however, it is important to remember that while the manufacturer may provide your tabletop’s dimensions to you, a cover would fit over the table as well as the chairs around the table. Taking the time to measure the full length and width of the table plus chairs will make choosing the right cover for your patio far simpler.

How to Measure a Fire-Pit for a cover

The only point of contention when measuring your fire pit for a cover, would be for those of us who did not enjoy math or dimensional terms. The diameter of an object is the full width of a circle, from side to side running through the center of the circle.

How to measure a Hot Tub for a cover

Measuring a hot tub for a cover is simple enough; however, due to the size of the tub, please take care if you are measuring the dimensions by hand.

How to measure patio chairs for covers

We believe that patio chairs are diverse enough in their own right to get their own section here. One note: as far as Classic Accessories Covers are concerned, chaise lounge chairs are measured with their backs in a seated lounging position.

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How to Measure Sectionals for Covers

Don’t be intimidated by your sectional when you go to measure it for a cover. Having an assistant is a great idea for this large piece of your patio setup.

How to measure patio groupings for covers

If covering each element of your patio individually is not ideal for your situation, due to timing, furniture shapes, or patience, we have covers meant to go on top of a patio furniture group. It is a good idea to measure around the grouping in the shape it normally takes, or the shape you want to arrange it into for covering. While not arranging is simpler, and you should always take care when arranging furniture to avoid scuffing, it is recommended make sure there is enough under the cover, close enough together that the cover doesn’t dip down excessively and pull your furniture with it.


Please feel free to reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315 Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PST if you have any additional questions regarding any topic related to our products. The Classic Accessories website also has information regarding warranty, as well as FAQs.

 

Patio Furniture and Grill Covers

Home, Outdoor and Patio Spaces: Tricks and Tips from DIY Specialists

Interviews with DIY Specialists for outdoor spaces for your home.

It’s the time of the year where we begin to take stock of our homes, the projects we completed and those that are moving to next year’s wish list. The internet has proven itself a great place to find inspiration for projects and home styling, especially as Do-It-Yourself has become a bigger part of our culture.  It’s a way for you to have a true hand in making changes to your home as well as giving your home the personalized look and style it deserves. There are a ton of great sources for projects that start with home improvement stores, Home Depot and Lowes have great sections on their websites that point to projects you can do with the materials they sell. That being said, there are ideas abound on Pinterest and Instagram, so many different ideas and projects that starting down this road can seem daunting.

A good way to toe into this pool is to start following the blog or social media account of people who are actively trying to improve their homes and share it with others. DIY specialists, with accounts of what worked and what didn’t, who are trying to fully align their home to a particular style. It’s a great process to see–even if the style is not quite your own, it gives a frame of reference for the variability in scale and detail DIY projects can take while providing an example of how to make sure that you’re looking at the entirety of your home for a seamless or purposefully diverse style.

We’ve had the pleasure this season of working with two DIY specialists, Natalie Kolter of My Vintage Porch, and Leslie Davis of Deeply Southern Home. Both women excel at creating curated journeys through their DIY and home styling projects that bring their personalities, aesthetic preferences, and families (including their photogenic pups) into account-along with working on a budget. I reached out to them to get answers to questions about their projects, with the intent of giving a taste of the DIY life to you.

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Leslie Davis – Deeply Southern Home

Blog: https://deeplysouthernhome.com/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deeplysouthernhome/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/deeplysouthernhome/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deeplysouthernhome/

Image © Deeply Southern Home. Click to see original.

Passionate about design and her southern heritage, Leslie works to create a style that stems from tradition but does not tie itself to a specific time period. Leslie lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her family. Leslie’s expertise spans from room makeovers requiring construction to flipping furniture and crafts. For you patio lovers, she has a fun section of her blog dedicated to outdoor projects.

This July Leslie took a look at our Montlake FadeSafe covers, as a measure against pollen, leaves and other minor outdoor debris.  We were so excited to see Montlake in action and loved her time-lapse of the covering process, since that is one of the most daunting aspects of covering your furniture.

Interview

Do you have a favorite area of your home? Is your favorite area to renovate different from your favorite area to decorate or lounge in?


My favorite room in our house has to be the kitchen!  After our budget friendly renovation, it is the perfect place to cook and gather. I love styling the open shelves in the kitchen area so I would have to say it is my favorite place to decorate as well.  As for lounging, our favorite chill space is our basement media room.  It’s light and bright during the day but cozy at night, perfect for movies or Netflix!

What has been your favorite project to date?


Favorite project to date would probably be our master bathroom.  Through many hours of hard work and planning it is an oasis, a perfect retreat for an evening bath or a calming place to start the day.

Do you have a go-to tool or resource when working on projects, if so can you share it with us?

I don’t have one go-to tool in the tool box. I use them all depending on the project. Having a solid base of tools like a drill, miter saw and a  nail gun opens the possibilities for so many projects. As far as resources, I don’t like to use just one source for DIY project help. I want to find an expert in the field and learn from them.  I often check several sources before I head into a project I have no prior experience with.  Obviously, that includes searches on Pinterest, Google and YouTube.

Design or functionality: how do you find balance if there needs to be a balance for you, or do you eschew one in favor of the other?

I am a firm believer that function must come first but I never want a completed project to look like I chose function over design. The esthetic component must look like it was the most important part of a room. I also place a great deal of value on the comfort and inviting nature of a space. Those are really important characteristics of design to me.

Do you have something that, having done it yourself once, you would never do again (aka least rewarding project)? Also what was the most rewarding project—if that one isn’t your favorite?

What well-timed question! I recently tried to reupholster a settee for our daughter’s first apartment. Even though I’ve handled small upholstery projects before, this was bigger project than what I had time for given her impending move-in date.  I eventually set it aside and will likely hire it out.  We all are fond of this antique and it is worth having it done right.


The most rewarding projects are complete room makeovers, like my husband’s library/office space. We built an entire library wall complete with a fireplace where nothing but a blank wall previously existed. That’s completely satisfying.

What is you main source of inspiration?

I gain inspiration from everywhere! I am always inspired by the colors found in a variety of different landscapes. Creating a color palettes for a room around nature is always a good choice.  Of course, I love taking cues from beautiful spaces I see on Instagram, Pinterest and magazines.

Do you have a dream project you haven’t gotten to work on?

It’s always been a dream of mine to flip houses or renovate rental properties.  I feel confident I could balance budget and my design goals to create beautiful places for people to thrive. Also, to see a home completely transformed and then passed onto a new homeowner has got to be the best reward!

Do have a favorite picture of Tucker?


Our golden-doodle Tucker, he is such a great model!!  Probably a photo of him on the screen porch will always be a favorite. He really finds great joy in relaxing on the huge sofa out there. He’s a smart dog!

What is your best piece of advice for DIY beginners or enthusiasts?

My best advice is to not be afraid to try something you’ve never done before! I always say, you never know what you are capable of until you try!  That being said, my best advice would be to do your research, start with small projects where you can develop skills that can take you onto bigger and better projects.

How have your DIY projects been most affected by your location?

Living in the south, there are definitely outdoor projects that we put on hold during the summer months. It’s just smarter, more enjoyable to do those kinds of projects when it’s cooler.

Do you have any suggestions for small touchups or décor projects for fall/winter?

The easiest, most effective way to transform a space is paint! The right paint color is the most important design element in a room. I would also add that an updated backsplash can have a dramatic impact on the style of a kitchen.  It can be a great, low-cost beginner project.

How do you think Classic is fitting in with your home?

Montlake Covers on Leslie’s porch. Image © Leslie Davis, Deeply Southern Home. Click to see original.

I love that I was able to select from a wide variety of Classic Accessories covers that matched my outdoor space.  I was able to choose a fabric that blended well with our stone patio.

 

 

Natalie Kolter – My Vintage Porch

Blog: https://www.myvintageporch.com/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vintageporch/?hl=en
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/myvintageporch/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myvintageporch/

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Image © My Vintage Porch. Click to see original.

Natalie Kolter is a mother of three living in Tucson, Arizona. Her blog is a celebration of the successes and joy of renovation and decoration. Natalie’s style is a unique combination of modern and rustic influences that centralizes on a highly curated color palette focusing on white with splashes of natural brown, green and navy accents. Her blog looks at her home renovation projects and has sections for DIY fun-furniture, signs, crafts and more.

Natalie also took interest in Montlake, settling on a Grey Striped Hammock with Wood Stand and our Bamboo Umbrellas as accepts to her pool patio space to beautiful effect.

Interview

Do you have a favorite area of your home? Is your favorite area to renovate different from your favorite area to decorate or lounge in?

I like to make every space in the house feel inviting and cozy. I think that one of my favorite spaces is probably our bedroom since we most recently renovated it and added beams. I have always loved the extra character in a space.

What has been your favorite project to date?

I have so many favorites. It’s tough to choose just one but a couple of my favorites would definitely be the beams in our bedroom and the nightstands that we upcycled in there from our old nightstands.

Do you have a go-to tool or resource when working on projects, if so can you share it with us?

I mostly just “fly by the seat of my pants”. lol. When I come up with an idea, I just run with it and do what I need to do to get it accomplished.

Design or functionality: how do you find balance if there needs to be a balance for you, or do you eschew one in favor of the other?

I like to include both as I desire my home to be “liveable and comfortable” while being visually appealing at the same time.

Do you have something that, having done it yourself once, you would never do again (aka least rewarding project)? Also what was the most rewarding project—if that one isn’t your favorite?

I would have to say [my least rewarding project was] painting my kitchen cabinets!

Adding shiplap and wood to our walls has probably been the most rewarding in regards to the character it gives to our home. I’m not sure that I have a project that I would say is the least rewarding. Even project fails help us to learn from our mistakes.

What is you main source of inspiration?

Pinterest is something that helps me see what I’m dreaming up in a real life setting. It helps me to see if I will really like the idea that I have before I even start a project.

Do you have a dream project you haven’t gotten to work on?

My Dream Project would be to find, purchase, gut and completely restore and/or renovate an old farmhouse or barn. I love old homes with character.

Do have a favorite picture of Chester?

I would have to say that every picture of Chester. He’s just the superstar of all of the photos.

What is your best piece of advice for DIY beginners or enthusiasts?

Don’t be afraid to try something new. Start with small projects to build your confidence level in tackling that larger project! And, remember, home improvement and hardware stores will cut wood for you if you don’t have the right saws to make the cuts yourself…and that doesn’t make your DIY less DIY!

How have your DIY projects been most affected by your location?

I love to go thrifting, antiquing and to junk yards…this is where all my DIY projects begin. Tucson doesn’t have the same quality or quantity of the kinds of treasures I love, which means I get to go hunting for them all the more! I refuse to overpay for items I’m interested in, especially when I know what they are (or aren’t) worth.

Do you have any suggestions for small touchups or décor projects for fall/winter?

A great budget friendly option for both Fall and Winter would be to use outdoor free items, like wood. I brought home some wood logs one time and cut them to the size I desired and then painted them white. I also distressed them so that they would look like birch logs. You could to the same with sticks and other outdoor items. I have often used pressed leaves in frames for decor as well.

How do you think Classic is fitting in with your home?

I love the hammock and umbrellas from Classic! They are seriously the most durable, beautiful pieces I’ve ever had as part of our pool/patio living space!

Home, Outdoor and Patio Spaces: Tricks and Tips from DIY Specialists