How to Store Patio Furniture

All Storage Online | October 28, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

As the birds migrate south for winter, you may notice a migration of sorts taking place in your own home. Summer fades to fall; fall turns to winter, and before you realize it, your family has shifted from sunny days outside to cozy evenings in the living room. Should your patio furniture come inside too?


Is it okay to leave patio furniture outside for the winter? While it’s tempting to throw a tarp over everything and call it a day, leaving patio furniture outside during fall and winter can have detrimental effects on your items. Cold weather can cause materials like wood and plastic to crack. Precipitation can soak cushions and even cause them to freeze. Metal can rust. And do you really think a tarp can withstand a brutal blizzard or windstorm? Even if it stays put all season, it’s unlikely that a simple plastic covering will prevent moisture from finding its way to your patio furniture.


The solution? Store your patio furniture this winter. Here are a few tips:



  • Clean Before You Store



Plastic furniture can be cleaned with an all-purpose cleaner and a gentle sponge. Wood and metal furniture can be cleaned with a mix of detergent and warm water. For extra dirty furniture, use a brush to remove stubborn grime. Once furniture is clean, give it a rinse with the hose and let it air dry.


For cushions, vacuum up leaves, crumbs, and other debris. Next, spot clean with a sponge, warm water, and mild detergent. If the tag on your cushions says it’s okay to launder them, do so. Let them air dry completely.



  • Repair 



Now is the perfect time to repair your furniture so it’s fresh and ready to go when spring rolls around. Tighten loose screws, add a fresh coat of paint, and apply protective wood sealant. 


P.S. If furniture seems beyond repair (or you’re considering redecorating), you might as well declutter! Donate unwanted furniture and spend the winter shopping online for new stuff. After all, Christmas is right around the corner…



  • Store Cushions in Patio Storage Bags



Get a patio cushion storage bag made of water-resistant polypropylene (available online in a variety of sizes) to keep furniture cushions secure, clean, and safe for the winter season. This will prevent dirt and pests from accessing your cushions. Some patio storage bags even come with built-in handles, making transportation to your storage unit a total breeze.



  • Double-Check That Furniture is Dry Before You Store



Prevent mold and mildew by ensuring that furniture is dry before you store it. This mostly applies to soft materials that retain moisture, such as furniture cushions and pillows, but you should give everything a once-over. Moisture + storage is never a good idea. It pays to be a little paranoid (we prefer to call it cautious).



  • Stack Patio Furniture to Save Space



No matter what size storage unit you have, we can all use a little space. Stack patio furniture to free up room for all the other summer toys you have to store. To avoid damaging items, wrap them in bubble wrap. Try to store patio furniture right-side-up as much as possible. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to store all furniture in the same position it is in while in use.



  • Get a Storage Unit With Climate Control for Your Patio Furniture



Climate controlled self storage keeps your storage unit at a stable temperature and humidity level. This is a worthwhile investment (that just so happens to still be pretty darn affordable) that will prevent cracking, mold, mildew, and other weather-related damage. 

Ready to rent a storage unit online for your patio furniture? It’s easy to do! You can get a storage unit for a month, the whole winter season, or the whole year.