How to Store your Outdoor Furniture for the Winter

Beth Rice 29/11/2016

As fall turns into winter, your beautiful outdoor furniture prepares to hibernate for a while. Much of the modern outdoor furniture today is crafted to withstand the elements and can endure the changes in the weather. However, cleaning and storing your outdoor furnishings will help to keep them bright and fresh until the spring flowers begin to bloom.

Cushion Cleansing

The most important part of preparing your outdoor items for winter is a good cleaning. Begin with your cushions to maintain their vibrant and comfy contribution to your outdoor décor.

  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
  • For cushions with machine washable removable covers, launder covers and let them air dry.
  • Dry cushions completely before storing.
  • For cushions without removable covers, scrub with a soft brush and a mild solution of warm water and soap, being careful not to get cushions too wet, then dry thoroughly.

Clean and store the cushions on your Amish Cedar Wood Marlboro Daybed during the winter to help preserve them.

Amish Cedar Wood Marlboro Daybed

Prep your Poly

One of our favorite features of popular poly is how low maintenance it is. Eco-friendly poly outdoor furniture is made of recycled milk jugs and is weather resistant. It will not splinter, rot or warp, and only requires minimal cleaning.

The Amish Poly Patio Pub Table Set only needs some soap and water for a good cleansing. The durability of poly lumber saves you from having to store this outdoor furniture during the winter months.

Amish Poly Wood Patio Pub Table Set

Secure the Sandbox

It’s almost time for making snowmen and snow angels. Outdoor play structures like the Amish Poly Rectangle Kids Sandbox should be drained of sand and thoroughly cleaned. This poly lumber product only requires soap and water to clean.

Amish Poly Wood Rectangle Kids Sandbox

Polish the Play Set

For outdoor gyms like the Play Mor Happy Space Saver Swing Set, we would recommend emptying the sandbox and washing all plastic parts thoroughly.

Play Mor Happy Space Saver Swing Set

Wash up the Wood

For wood furniture like the solid cedar Amish 6” Picnic Table, use water with a mild cleanser to give it a good pre-winter cleaning. For unfinished outdoor wood furniture, a half and half mixture of water and bleach will do the job.

Amish 6' Picnic Table

Storage Options for the Winter Season

While there’s no need to pull in the poly, outdoor furniture will last longer if it is kept under cover during the winter months.

Cover it

Covering outdoor furniture adds protection against the elements. Use furniture covers, tarp, cloth or sheets.

Store it

If you have the room to bring furniture in, a cool, dry place is best. Inside storage can help reduce the cleaning you need to do in the spring.

In the Shed

Available in fifteen sizes, the custom made Amish Wood Classic Wood Cottage Shed provides a cool dry place for outdoor furniture to rest until spring.

Amish Wood Classic Wood Cottage Shed

In the Garage or Basement

Tuck benches like the Amish Cedar Wood Traditional Outdoor Bench in your garage or basement in the winter.

Amish Cedar Wood Traditional Backless Outdoor Bench

Bring it Inside

Holiday gatherings call for more table tops. Add outdoor tables like the Amish Outdoor Round Side Table to your living room to help with holiday entertaining.

Amish Outdoor Round Side Table

The American Made Adirondack Chair can join your family room for the season. Add a blanket and your favorite book in front of the fireplace and you’ve found the perfect place to get comfy and cozy!

American Made Adirondack ChairPreserve your Amish made outdoor furniture with proper cleaning and storage so you can enjoy its beauty year after year.

Beth Riceby Beth Rice (111 Posts)

Beth Rice started a dream job when she began as a content writer for DutchCrafters in 2015. She has an A.A. Degree from Manatee Community College, and studied Journalism at the University of South Florida for one year. Her published work includes a short story in Chicken Soup for the Soul's "My Amazing Mom" edition and one children's book, "I"m Adopted, I'm Special." Conveying the qualities, functions and benefits of DutchCrafters furniture keeps her creative as she contributes to content throughout the website. An avid reader and devoted runner, Beth hopes to publish a novel in the future. DutchCrafters Timber to Table blog was started in 2012 to provide our customers and other readers with woodworkers stories, Amish culture information, and furniture selection or interior design tips.


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