How to Protect Outdoor Furniture from Snow and Winter Damage with the Proper Patio Furniture Maintenance

You thoroughly enjoy being outside a lounging about on your lawn chairs or other pieces of furniture in your patio or yard in the spring, summer and even in the fall. However, in the winter with the snow, freezing rain and cold without the proper furniture maintenance your outdoor furniture could be harmed. How do you protect this type of furniture? Let’s look at the various measures to take during the winter to prolong the life of your chairs, tables and other pieces.

Wood Furniture

Wood patio furniture should have a protective sealant applied to it. This seals the wood from moisture damage year round let alone in the winter. In the winter, the moisture can freeze in the wood causing it to crack. When properly sealed, the snow and freezing rain cannot soak into the wood in the same manner as with raw wood. Covers keep the snow and ice from seeping into this furniture. However, the sealant should still be applied because wood can absorb moisture from the air.

wood patio sets are stunning even in frigid months

Your wood patio furniture is beautiful, so why hide it? Take care of it and it will be ready to go all year long.

Plastic Furniture

Plastic furniture has not problem with moisture as the wood does, since it does not absorb the moisture. However, the frigid temperature in the winter tends to make plastic brittle enough for it to then crack when you try to use it. Although outdoor furniture is designed to withstand extreme conditions, it is strongly advised to bring in your outdoor furniture when it snows. For all other conditions, try using furniture covers that protect your sectional and outdoor dining sets from the elements while allowing proper ventilation to prevent mildew. When these best practices are followed, outdoor furnishing can last for many years.

Outdoor furniture covers.

Furniture covers work well on all materials and can save you money in the long run. Image via 232 Designs.

Metal Outdoor Furniture

Metal furniture for the most part should not be left out in the weather during the winter. It can rust because of the snow or freezing rain. When rust happens, it weakens the metal and causes it to breakdown. Galvanized metal holds up better than regular metal, but over time it could also suffer from being out in the snow. It is best to bring this furniture in from outdoors in not only the winter, but also when it rains. Patio furniture maintenance is necessary for this type of outdoor chairs and such.

aluminum outdoor dining sets are easy to care for

Cast aluminum dining sets (and other metals) are best kept indoors in the cold months


Many of the models of outdoor furniture use removable cushions. When not in use in the winter they should be stored indoors, in a shed, or a heavy-duty cushion storage box. The fabric can be easily damage by the freezing and thawing that occurs during the cold weather. Additionally, the stuffing in these cushions can mold and mildew. You should also bring these inside when it is raining. Covering them with a tarp or sheet of plastic will keep dust from accumulating on them.

Cushion Storage Box

The Urbana Cushion Storage Box looks great and prevents mold, mildew, and other adverse conditions caused by Winter weather. More info.

Any patio furniture maintenance you perform on your outdoor furniture will prolong its life. Outdoor decor is an investment in your home, and as such you will want to protect yourself in the long term.

Below is a list of 4 Additional Resources that will supplement this post and give you ideas to help protect your outdoor furniture this winter.

  1. How to Keep Outdoor Furniture from Blowing Away
  2. How to Waterproof Your Awning
  3. Don’t Leave Your Furniture Out in the Cold: Using Outdoor Furniture Indoors
  4. How a Little Simple Maintenance will keep Your Outdoor Furniture Strong Indefinitely

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