How to Wrap Patio Furniture


Few types of patio furniture can withstand prolonged exposure to inclement weather. Over time, constant exposure to wetting and drying, freezing and thawing, and excessive sunlight may cause cracking, peeling, fading and even rotting. Wrapping or otherwise storing your articles of patio furniture during rains, ice storms, hail storms and snow may prolong the life of your furniture and keep it looking its best.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish detergent
  • Sponge
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Furniture covers
  • Vaseline, mineral oil or oil sprays (optional)
  • Remove cushions and cloth from the patio furniture pieces, as much as possible. Clean and disinfect the cushions and cloth with diluted dishwashing detergent and a sponge to kill any insects or bacteria residing on the article. Rinse with clean water and allow the cushions to air dry completely.

  • Place the cushions in individual plastic garbage bags. Tie knots at the top of each bag to eliminate any holes that would allow moisture or insects into the cushions.

  • Stack identical chairs to consolidate space on your patio during the off season. Move the furniture indoors if possible for storage during the winter months.

  • Remove any glass parts from the patio tables, as low temperatures can make glass easier to break.

  • Cover the pieces of furniture with appropriately sized vinyl furniture covers. Measure the stacked chairs and the table for width, depth and height to ensure you purchase the appropriate cover.

Tips & Warnings

  • Coat unpainted metals and working parts of patio furniture items with Vaseline, mineral oil or other furniture or hinge oil sprays to prevent rust during wet seasons.
  • Sit the covered patio furniture pieces indoors, if possible, to provide further protection against bad weather.
  • Vinyl offers the best protection against water and often includes a flannel lining to make the cover easier to place and remove.
  • Even if you cover glass table tops with a suitable furniture cover, icicles or tree limbs may fall onto the glass and cause it to shatter.

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