Once you have cleaned and dried your furniture and accessories, try to consolidate the pieces to minimize the space that will be required for storing everything. Stack chairs, remove cushions, and dismantle any components that might be susceptible to damage. Select a storage location that is as sheltered from the elements as possible. If feasible, bring your fabric items inside for the winter, or consider putting them in a sealed tote or plastic bag for dry storage. There are a number of commercial patio furniture covers available on the market for a variety of patio furniture types. These covers are usually made from heavy duty canvas that is sealed to keep out moisture and protect from damage. Other options could include having your set professionally wrapped in plastic film or simply using a large tarp that can be secured with rope or bungee cords.
The size you choose is very important. When deciding on size, you need to leave room on the patio for people to move around. This is most important if you entertain regularly. Your guests should be able to freely mingle. A good idea is to make a diagram of your deck to scale and then cut out some pieces of paper to represent your furniture. By placing these cut-outs in various positions on the patio drawing you will be able to see if you have sufficient room. Choose furniture that will not clutter the area. If room is limited then choices like extendable tables and fold up chairs can be the answer. Excess chairs can be folded and stored until needed. Tables can be extended when necessary.
With the patio furniture idea in your mind you now have two decide on the function of your outdoor space your ideas might be for reading, socializing, eating or playing some board games as some of your activities. With this in mind plan on leaving some room around things in order to be able to circulate and to be free to move in and out of the house or even out to the yard or the garden area. If you want a good idea of what to expect and how much deck patio furniture the area can handle you can bring out pieces of furniture from the house such as tables and chairs. You can then make paper cutout patterns of other things that you may add to your patio furniture plan this way you can determine if you have enough comfortable traffic on the patio.
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