How to Store Outdoor Furniture for Winterby Janine, Sep 2023
As the leaves turn golden and the temperatures drop, it’s a clear sign that summer is making its grand exit. That means it’s time to bid adieu to those lazy sunny afternoons spent lounging on your outdoor furniture. But before you start reminiscing about those BBQs and garden parties, let’s talk about something less exciting but equally important: storing your outdoor furniture for the winter.
I know, I know. It’s tempting to just leave your outdoor furniture out in the garden and hope for the best. But trust me, a little TLC now will save you a lot of hassle (and money) when spring rolls back around. Our damp UK winters can be pretty tough on your beloved garden gear.
Step 1: Give Them a Good Scrub
Start by giving your outdoor furniture a good clean. Grab that trusty hose and wash away all the dirt, bird droppings, and remnants of your last alfresco dinner. For wooden furniture, a mild soap and water mixture should do the trick. Plastic or metal furniture? A simple wipe-down with a damp cloth will suffice.
Step 2: Check for Damage
Inspect your furniture for any signs of wear and tear. Make note of any loose screws, cracked wood, or rust spots. Trust me; it’s better to fix these issues now than to discover them when you’re eager to start using your furniture again in the spring.
Step 3: Dry Them Out
Before packing your furniture away, make sure it’s bone dry. Moisture is the enemy here! Leave your furniture out in the sun for a day or two to ensure it’s completely moisture-free.
Step 4: Find a Cozy Spot
Now, it’s time to find a cozy winter retreat for your outdoor furniture. Ideally, you want a dry, sheltered place like a shed, garage, or covered patio. If you don’t have that luxury, invest in high-quality furniture covers. These will protect your gear from the elements, so you won’t find yourself scraping off snow or battling against the dreaded British rain.
Step 5: Stack and Cover
If you’ve got stackable furniture, well done! Stack ’em up to save space. Otherwise, arrange your furniture neatly, cover it up, and secure the covers against any gusty winds. Bungee cords or heavy objects should do the trick.
Step 6: Show Some Love During Winter
Don’t forget about your furniture completely during the winter months. Give it a quick checkup every now and then. If you notice any damage or signs of moisture, take action immediately.
And there you have it, folks! Storing your outdoor furniture for the winter might not be as fun as sipping Pimms in the sun, but it’s a necessary step to ensure your garden gear survives until next summer. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your furniture, and get ready for a cozy winter ahead. Your future self will thank you when you’re basking in the warm sun next year, and your outdoor furniture is in top-notch condition!