As the weather turns colder and wetter, and you start spending more evenings snuggled up on the sofa with a blanket instead of lounging around under the sunset, it’s a great idea to store your patio furniture away. This helps your furniture last for longer and remain undamaged so it will look fantastic and feel comfortable when summer comes back around. Here at The Range, we’re pretty much famous for our wide variety of super stylish and affordable Garden Furniture, so we know how important it is to care for them, whether they be made from wood, rattan, or metal. Read our guide below on how to fully look after and store your garden furniture during winter so you can make the most of your summers.
Before you store away your patio furniture, you should always clean it down, so that when you pull it out again the next summer, you won’t need to be washing all of last year’s grime off of it. For any upholstery that can be removed, such as cushion covers, simply pop it in the washing machine. For metal, wood, and rattan furniture, use warm, soapy water and gently scrub away at your furniture with a sponge. Use the light setting on a garden spray, or another round of warm, pure water, and rinse off the soap suds. Try to clean down your furniture on a windy, sunny day, as this will speed up the drying process.
Wherever you store your furniture, you should always lay a cover over it. We sell a wide array of covers for various kinds of patio furniture, from large circular covers to smaller square covers, covers specifically for stacking chairs, for swing benches, for parasols, and more. A cover will repel damp, dust, and grime from building up across your furniture throughout the winter. Covers can usually be tightened with cords to ensure a snug, secure fit. If you plan on leaving anything outside, you can weigh the cover down with rocks (place them over the table top or chair seats, for example) to stop the cover getting blown up and carried off by the wind.
The most effective way to protect your patio furniture is to store it away in a shed. This is much easier than it might seem if you look at all your chairs, tables, and loungers right now. Most chairs will either fold up or stack to help you save space. There’s a high change loungers and tables will also be foldable for the same reason. Keeping your furniture in a shed is a sure way to protect it from damp and dirt, especially with a cover as an extra layer. Made from steel and available in a huge variety of sizes, Biohort’s sheds are some of the most weather-resistant and rain-proof structures out there. They’re large, spacious insides are absolutely perfect for keeping your patio furniture over the winter, and may even leave room for some more garden tools afterwards. Biohort's sheds are great for anyone who loves a more modern aesthetic in their garden, bringing an attrcative, industrial edge that will let your greenery shine throughout the year. More importantly, these watertight structures will protect whatever you lock inside throughout the colder months.
Storing your patio furniture effectively really can help improve its lifespan by years, so it's definitely worth it. For some more tips on getting your garden sorted for autum and winter so you have to do less work when spring rolls around, check out our Winter Patio Ideas article and our tips on Getting Your Garden Ready For Autumn.