Garden furniture is a big investment. And, whilst it will be used a lot during the warmer months of the year, you don’t want it to get damaged during bad weather in the winter. If you are willing to put in a little bit of time and effort you can protect your outdoor furniture when it’s not in use. This will not only increase its lifespan, but it will also save you a lot of work when you want to start using it again. Keep reading for some tips on how to properly protect outdoor furniture this winter.


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Clean it Thoroughly

Before you do anything, you need to clean your furniture. The best way to do this is with some soapy water and a sponge. If you have metal furniture that has started to rust, you can rub it away gently with wire wool. If you have wicker furniture, you may prefer to give it a light hosing down. Before following any of the next steps, you need to ensure that your furniture has completely dried.

Create Some Storage Space

Whilst you’re waiting for your furniture to dry, you’ll want to create some storage space to place it during the winter months. If you have a garage or outhouse where it will fit, this will be perfect. Placing furniture inside will keep it away from the cold, wet weather which can warp and age wooden furniture. Keep in mind, however, that sunshine can also bleach furniture so if your garage or outhouse has windows, you might want to cover them up or place a protective tarp over your furniture.

If You Don’t Have Anywhere to Store It, Cover it Up

If you’re not lucky enough to have the space to store your furniture inside, don’t worry. You can always keep your furniture outside and protect it. Furniture covers can be purchased from many retailers both on and offline. These are often made from PVC backed polyester, and also have UV filters built in to prevent sun bleaching. It’s also possible to buy covers for your outdoor cooking equipment too, such as barbeques. This will prevent them from rusting, and save you a lot of time when you come to use them again next summer.

Use Protecting Varnish

Finally, you may also want to consider investing in some protective varnish. There are many brand options on the market that come in a variety of colours so you should be able to find something that is suitable for your outdoor furniture. Protecting varnish protects furniture from harsh outdoor elements. By building up a protective layer, it protects the wood against moisture damage and colour bleaching, and is well worth the cost.

With the cold nights setting in, and bad weather on its way, it’s time to store and protect your outdoor furniture to prevent it from damage during the winter. If you follow the tip above, your furniture will be as good as new when you come to use it again next spring.

How to Protect Outdoor Furniture When It’s Not in Use