As the winter weather rolls in, many homeowners are trying to figure out the best way to store their outdoor wicker furniture. Although most resin wickers are advertised as “all-weather” there is really nothing that is exempt from the forces of Mother Nature.
Water and more particularly snow can lead wicker furniture to deteriorate over time. Raging winds are capable of lifting lightweight aluminum frames and rubbing them against surfaces that can damage your furniture. To prevent this, you’ll want to make sure you store your wicker furniture away this Winter Season.
5 Tips to Storing Wicker Furniture Over the Winter
1. Clean it Before You Put it Away
Make sure you clean your wicker furniture before storing it away for the winter. You can follow these instructions to learn how to clean wicker furniture the right way. This will help preserve the finish and remove any dust or debris that may have settled. This will also keep bugs, spiders, and bees out of your patio furniture so that it looks brand new when Spring and Summer roll around next year.
2. Covering them for the Long Haul
How well you need to store your wicker furniture really depends on the climate that you live in. Out in San Diego and along some of the Southern regions along the Sun Belt, you can get away with a few patio covers over the winter. This will prevent them from fading in the sun and also keep dirt off of them.
3. Make Sure the Wind Doesn’t Toss them Around
The weather can get pretty violent and high winds can leave your patio furniture scattered across your entire yard. Talk about a backyard renovation! The best way to prevent this from happening is by storing them in a shed or other area where there are protected. Alternatively, I’ve found 7 other ways to keep patio furniture from blowing away in the winter.
4. Storing Outdoor Cushions
Your cushions need to be put away as well but you don’t want to crush them so that they are flattened before next season. You can store them in matching wicker cushion storage boxes like these to prevent your “storage” area from sticking out like a sore thumb. The idea is to make them become a part of your decor. Cushion storage boxes use a hydraulic life and come in the same high quality wicker weave as your furniture so it adds to the aesthetic appeal of your home rather than taking away from it. If it’s time, you can also think about ordering some replacement cushions.
5. Bring it Inside the Home
Some people overlook the fact that wicker furniture is versatile and can be used inside the home as well. Don’t give me that look! Synthetic resin wicker has a very contemporary look and many of the modular pieces can be rearranged to fit the layout of your home. You can check out this page to see some examples before you try it out yourself!
More Patio Furniture Storage Tips:
- How to Protect Outdoor Furniture from Snow and Winter Damage with the Proper Patio Furniture Maintenance
- How to Protect Patio Furniture from Freeze Damage
- How to Clean Resin Wicker Furniture
- How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Patio Furniture
- How to Choose Quality Wicker Furniture Without Paying the Price
About the Author
Cheryl Khan is able to lend her insight on this topic after spending years in the design field. She has learned that all outdoor furniture is not the same. She is a contributing author to the Patio Productions Blog where she shares outdoor living tips to transform your backyard!