When the warm summer months are coming to a close and you start to see the leaves turn and drift to the ground, it is time to start preparing your patio furniture for winter storage. While it is always difficult to close up that umbrella and acknowledge that it is your last dinner on the patio for the season, a little planning can make sure you will be able to enjoy your patio furniture set for many years to come.
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.
Just by being in the space and visualising all the great picnic, and evenings you spend in the garden or on the patio with your friends and family, you will get the clarity needed to decide what works best for your garden and for you. Once you see yourself in your mind using the furniture, write down whatever you see yourself using, and the location where that is. It could be metal patio dining sets or outdoor cast furniture. It could even be outside benches, or a wrap around tree bench, whatever is in your mind this is going to be the master list.
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