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How to store garden furniture for the winter

A big terrace with a comfortable leisure sofa with cushions, a table and a string swing in a green garden during sunny vacation.

Whilst you may not be thinking about winter storage during the lovely summer months, thinking ahead and taking storage space for those lovely garden chairs, cushions, BBQ and other summer goods is a great idea. We recommend 10ft (80sqft) outdoor storage containers for a full garden’s worth of goods. Storing garden furniture properly during the winter months protect it from the elements and extends its lifespan. Here are some steps to help you store your garden furniture effectively:

  1. Clean the furniture: Start by cleaning your garden furniture thoroughly. Remove any dirt, dust, or stains using appropriate cleaning agents suitable for the specific material of your furniture (e.g., wood, metal, plastic). Make sure to dry the furniture completely before proceeding.
  2. Disassemble if possible: If your furniture can be disassembled, such as tables, chairs, or umbrella stands, take them apart. This will make storage easier and save space. Keep the screws, nuts, and bolts in a labelled bag or container to avoid losing them.
  3. Apply protective coating: For wooden furniture, apply a fresh coat of protective finish or sealant appropriate for outdoor use. This will help preserve the wood and protect it from moisture and weathering during storage. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific product you are using.
  4. Remove cushions and fabric: If your furniture has cushions or fabric elements, remove them. Clean the cushions according to the manufacturer’s instructions and store them separately in a clean and dry place. Make sure they are completely dry to prevent mould or mildew growth.
  5. Choose an appropriate storage location: Find a suitable storage area that is dry, well-ventilated, and preferably climate-controlled or indoor storage with a regulated temperature such as our indoor storage rooms.  
  6. Protect delicate pieces: If you have delicate or fragile furniture pieces, consider wrapping them in blankets, bubble wrap, or furniture covers to provide an extra layer of protection against scratches or damage.  All available from our retail store in Sheeplands reception.
  7. Arrange and organise: Arrange the furniture pieces in the storage area in a way that maximises space and minimises the risk of damage. Avoid stacking heavy items on top of fragile ones. If space is limited, you can consider using storage racks, hooks, or hanging systems to hang certain furniture pieces.
  8. Monitor and inspect: Occasionally check on your stored furniture during the winter to ensure there are no signs of moisture, pests, or damage. If you notice any issues, address them promptly to prevent further damage.

By following these steps, you can properly store your garden furniture for the winter season and ensure it remains in good condition until it’s time to use it again in the spring.