We’re deep in the heat of summer, becoming a pro at knowing just how much sunscreen is enough to rub on without looking like a ghost yet still getting enough coverage. But did you know you need to protect your upholstery from the sun, too? Upholstered and leather furniture are susceptible to sun damage if you are not careful. We put together a few ways you can give your furniture pieces the utmost protection from the sun so they will maintain their richness and beauty for many more years.
1. Situate Furniture Away From Windows
One of the easiest ways to lower your upholstered furniture’s sun exposure is to situate your furniture away from windows, preferably in more shadowed areas of the room. This puts physical distance between your upholstery and the rays of the sun, preserving the upholstery color. However, not everyone will have the space to do this nor will this plan look good in every room. Luckily, there are some other strategies you can try to protect your upholstered furniture from the sun.
2. Blackout Window Curtains
Hanging window curtains is another easy way to block sunlight from fading your upholstery. Blackout curtains in particular will not only protect your furniture from invading rays of sun but they will compliment the decor in your home and even bring your energy bill down by keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. If window curtains are not your thing, you can always try–
3. Solar Blinds
If you don’t want all the drapery of curtains, solar blinds give a neat look to your windows and do an excellent job of blocking out UV rays from the sun. They are easy to install, too, so you may be able to install them yourself. Solar blinds come in many different colors and patterns; you can even pair them with window curtains if you desire and create a layered look with even more sun blockage.
4. Rotate Your Furniture
If no matter what you do, a certain area of your furniture piece is bathed in sunlight, it can help you rotate your furniture every few weeks. Rotating your furniture helps evenly distribute the sun exposure so that if fading does happen, it happens uniformly and can still keep your furniture piece looking good. The last thing you want is a faded splotch on just one part of the couch.
5. Invest in Decorative Covers
If you have furniture in a room you don’t use very often, it might be helpful to cover that furniture with a furniture cover. Furniture covers come in a variety of designs so they can be stylish as well as protective. Covers are easy to remove so as soon as you want to use the furniture, just take off the covers and enjoy!
No matter what strategy you take to protect your upholstery from the sun, your furniture will be better for it. At Howard’s Upholstery, we can help you come up with the best sun-protection strategy based on the material of your furniture, and we can even help you pick out drapes and furniture covers. As long as you are careful about sun exposure for your furniture, you will enjoy the look of those furniture pieces for a long time yet!