How can I protect porch furniture from the elements?

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Protecting porch furniture in einter


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  • Gk Gk on Mar 02, 2020

    Can you give us some more information Mona. Is your porch screened in? Can you cover the screen with sheets of plastic to keep out snow and rain? Or is your porch just a roof and columns open to the weather? You can cover your furniture with plastic or tarps to keep the weather away. Or are you wanting to enclose your porch for winter use?

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Mar 02, 2020

    You can do the plastic that can be purchased at hardware stores...works good.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 02, 2020

    If there are removable cushions, pull them off and put inside.

    Cover with furniture covers. If you can't find them, you can customize with either a tarp or a good thick plastic that comes on rolls. Make sure to anchor the covers so wind doesn't blow them off.

    If you have rain or snow, periodically remove the accumulation from the covers so they will last longer.

    If you want to do the entire structure, you can hang plastic from the roof of the porch and drape with an extra foot at the bottom. Secure with pressure treated 2x4s at the bottom.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Mar 02, 2020

    If you can store your furniture out of the weather it would be good. If not at least store the cushions. Make sure if wood or wicker it has a weather proof finish. You can also use plastic tarps for protection. Spring will be here before we know it.

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Mar 02, 2020

    Our neighbour has the same problem - she brings the cushions inside (protects from rodents too!) and then securely wraps the furniture with tarps. It all still looks like new - and years later!

  • I usually bring the furniture into the garage and hang it from the ceiling but you can purchase furniture covers quite easily.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 02, 2020

    I don't have room to store furniture indoors, so I have waterproof covers I put on the furniture and have the cushions hanging from hooks in the basement.

  • Dee Dee on Mar 02, 2020

    I take the cushions off and store in garage. I put plastic around the bases to keep the rain off.

  • TheHoneycombHome TheHoneycombHome on Mar 02, 2020

    I would cover them when not in use and/or seal them with a protective sealer.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 02, 2020

    You might consider using patio furniture cover or bringing inside upholstered cushions to extend longevity.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Mar 02, 2020

    What types of materials is the furniture made out of?

    Are the pieces rated for exterior use?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 06, 2020

    Hello Mona,

    Maybe use a tarpaulin to cover in bad weather. If timber and stained then use

    Yacht Varnish. If painted use a good external Gloss paint. For cushions, either remove inside in bad weather or place in waterproof store, or spray them with Waterproofer at beginning of season. Best wishes.......

  • Linda Linda on Mar 06, 2020

    Have you thought about covering them with furniture covers that are designed for the weather.