How to Protect Your Outdoor Furniture from the Elements 

 September 1, 2020

By  Scott Teesdale

There’s nothing like relaxing in your garden when the sun is shining. That’s why so many of us invest money into a good outdoor seating set up, complete with chairs, a table, and maybe even a chiminea for those summer evenings. For this reason, you want to protect your outdoor furniture from the elements.

While all these things are great for when the weather is nice when the clouds start to gather, and the temperature starts to drop, you need to have a game plan in place to safely protect these items from mother nature’s fury.

Here are a few ways in which you can protect your outdoor furniture and keep it safe from the elements.

Store them away in an outbuilding

Protect Your Outdoor Furniture from the Elements
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A simple solution to your outdoor issues. By moving your outdoor furniture into a safe and secure outbuilding such as a steel garage or shed, you no longer have to worry about the weather forecast and what it might mean for your rattan four-piece chair set.

When storing your furniture, remember to do a spot check to make sure there are no signs of damp or water leakage, which could compromise your outdoor furniture’s protection.

A protective cover

If you haven’t got access to an outbuilding, then investing in a protective cover for your furniture is the next best thing. This cover needs to offer both water and UV protection to keep your furniture in pristine condition and should be able to be tied or weighted down for it to stop being blown off by heavy winds.

Ventilation holes should also be built into the cover to allow fresh air to reach your furniture set and avoid the accumulation of mold setting on your chairs and table.

Furniture protector

Wind and rain are not the only weather conditions that can damage your outdoor furniture, especially those made of wood. Leaving wooden furniture out in the sun for too long will mean that the color will start to fade, making your pieces look worn and tired.

By applying a furniture protector to these pieces’ surface, you can protect them from damaging UV rays and keep your chairs and tables looking as good as the day you bought them. Just think of it as the furniture equivalent of sunscreen!

Planning ahead 

While it’s great having all these precautions in place, they are all useless if you’re caught off guard by bad weather, and your furniture is therefore left exposed to the elements. 

By keeping a keen eye on the weather forecast, you can make the necessary arrangements – whether this means moving pieces into a garage or applying furniture protector – and that way, you’ll maintain your outdoor furniture to the best of your abilities. After all, as the old saying goes, fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

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