How to Protect Your Outdoor Furniture From the Weather

Ever wondered how to shield your outdoor furniture from unforgiving weather? You're not alone!

I live in Mobile, Alabama and this city experiences everything from scorching sun and humidity to occasional winter snow.

Protecting your outdoor furniture is crucial to extend its lifespan and safeguard your investment because outdoor furniture can be pricey.

Here, we’ll explore three effective strategies:

1. Cover Up

The ideal scenario is having built-in cover, like a porch or pergola, to shield your furniture from the elements. This provides year-round protection.

2. Furniture Covers

If a permanent cover isn't an option, furniture covers are your best bet. Look for covers with elastic edges and, in some cases, zippers for a snug fit.

They come in various sizes, from chair covers to covers for entire coffee table sets. Each use essentially turns your furniture "brand new" again, eliminating the need for pre-use cleaning.

3. Protective Sprays

Don't forget your cushions! Regularly spraying them with a protectant can significantly enhance their durability. The author recommends Rust-Oleum's NeverWet, but other brands like Scotchgard offer similar products.

These sprays shield your furniture from rain, pet hair, and other outdoor elements, ensuring they last throughout the season.

Choosing the Right Option

The most suitable solution depends on your budget. Here's a breakdown:

  • Least Expensive: Protective Sprays
  • Medium Cost: Furniture Covers
  • Most Expensive: Built-in Cover (porch, pergola, etc.)

By following these tips, you can ensure your outdoor furniture remains beautiful and functional for years to come, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors comfortably.

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