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Editors Note: Updated September, 2018
High winds have created a problem for many homeowners who are tired of witnessing their outdoor furniture blowing away. In certain parts of the country, windy weather has created a headache for many who have awoken to find their outdoor sectionals scattered across the yard.
You’ve probably tried an assortment of ideas to keep your furniture from blowing away. Patio Productions is proud to let you know that you no longer have to command your dog to sit on your furniture until winds subside. Here are 7 Ways How to Keep Outdoor Furniture from blowing away and safely anchored in your backyard patio!
- One of the easiest methods is to tie your furniture down with sandbags. This is how malls and other large venues usually handle high winds. You can also find canopy sand bags like these ones and adapt them to work with your outdoor furniture. Case in point, add weight to keep the wind from blowing it around. Here are some more solutions that really work!
7 Ways to Keep Outdoor Furniture From Blowing Away
1. Clear QuakeHold! Gel
If you’ve been experiencing high winds in recent months, Clear QuakeHold! Gel can be just what you’ve been looking for. Initially formulated to protect glassware from falling off of tables, QuakeHold! is an ingenious hack that you can use anywhere around the house. QuakeHold! is a transparent compound that can be applied to the base of your furniture. It will serve as an adhesive and keep your outdoor furniture from blowing away in the wind. Simply place some of the gel on the feet of your sectionals and let it sit for approximately 15 minutes!
The only downside of Clear QuakeHold! Gel is the fact that you won’t be able to move your outdoor furniture around if you would like to rearrange your setting. Although you can remove the substance, it will become a hassle if you plan to change your layout anytime soon, so it’s something to keep in mind. To remove, simply work loose the compound. A bottle of QuakeHold! runs for about $10 making it an inexpensive solution to your problems!
2. Plant a Windbreak
This may be another excuse to plant some extra greenery for the garden fanatics out there. Build a wall by setting tall plants that will serve as a natural barrier from the wind without appearing to be a bland wall. A garden windbreak will add to the decor of your patio instead of looking like a massive structure that you erected in your backyard to keep your outdoor furniture from flying away. To get started, try planting vertical yews! If you’re not totally sure what to plant, check out this awesome article! These plant options provide privacy as well as a windbreak.
3. Furniture Covers
Protect outdoor sectionals with a heavy-duty furniture cover. Once your furniture is covered, you can then weigh down your sectionals without having to worry about damaging the seating area. This will keep your seats clean and untarnished.
Outdoor Dining Furniture Covers
We recommend using furniture covers instead of placing weights directly on your furniture as this can devalue your furnishing. To keep your furniture from flying off, you can use small weights, sandbags, or just be creative and find old unused items laying around the house. Repurpose that old pile of junk into highly-efficient paper weights!
4. Stack Furniture in the Corner
Stack your furniture in a corner or near a wall so that your sofas won’t be exposed to the elements. This way, they can remain outdoors without causing you to worry about them catching the brunt of powerful wind gusts that have been blowing your furniture away and leaving it scattered all over the yard.
Nesting furniture is a trending new style of design that allows all pieces to inner lock so that they stack away nicely. Check it out and see what you think! Nesting furniture looks great and is going to be your best bet when it comes to storing furniture efficiently.
The Island Breeze 5 Piece Gathering Group tucks away nicely!
Warning: Never leave outdoor furniture exposed in an unsecured location. In recent years, high end outdoor furniture has become the target of thieves in many cities across the nation.
5. Wrought Iron Frames
Wrought iron frames are heavier than plastic and aluminum because of the chemical properties of Iron (or Fe if you’re a science buff). Iron has a much higher density than aluminum frames and may fare better if you live in areas that experience high winds.
Although these sets may be harder to move, you won’t have to worry about them blowing away. Wrought Iron offers higher levels of durability and can give a certain look that can preserve the Vintage appeal of your home. You can learn all about Wrought Iron Furniture by checking out this guide that we’ve created for you.
The 5 Pc Jax Chat Set is manufactured using Wrought Iron frames
6. Bungee Cords
This one is pretty simple and straight-forward. Tie your furniture to immovable objects like a railing or a fence post. Wrap a cord around your furniture several times to shorten the length of your cord and provide a snug fit. This will create a higher level of resistance and ensure that your outdoor furniture will be immune to sever weather conditions.
7. Use Outdoor Furniture Indoors
This is one of those, “Why didn’t I think of that” ideas. Outdoor furniture has become increasingly fashionable, and as such, it’s not uncommon to see it being used for indoor home furnishing. Still not quite sold on the idea? Check out this blog post I wrote to see what your living area could look like. This is an especially great idea if you have kids who love to tear things up!
More Tips to Protect Your Furniture from the Weather
- How to Properly Store Wicker Furniture in the Winter
- Don’t Leave Your Furniture Out in the Cold: Using Outdoor Furniture Indoors
- How to Protect Patio Furniture From Freeze Damage
- News Anchors are at War Over Snow Covered Patio Furniture (not really)
About this Post
This post was written for Patio Productions by Cheryl Khan. who is a contributor to the Patio Pros Blog. She was inspired to write this post after hearing so many people complain about wind gusts moving their furniture. Although she hasn’t experienced this problem herself, she hopes that it will help someone else find a solution to their problems! Follow her on Twitter.