How to Protect & Store Your Patio Furniture in Fall/Winter

December 12, 2018 3 min read

With fall and winter upon us, it leaves many of us wondering where and how to store our outdoor furniture. With cold winters in Canada, finding ways to keep your furniture protected for the next season might seem like a next to impossible task. Look no further, we have you covered with the best storage tips for fall and winter to keep your furniture looking as good as new for years to come!

The Protective Cover

Although winters can be difficult, some furniture such as cast aluminum, stainless steel as well as teak can be left outside with the natural elements because of their ability to withstand the weather. That being said, the key component for keeping your patio furniture protected during the fall and winter seasons is the use of a protective furniture cover.

Covers protect your investment from the elements of every season -  leaves falling, rain, dirt/debris and so much more. However, please keep in mind,  indoor storage of cushions is highly recommended in the winter months as uninvited critters will gravitate to cushions when looking for hibernation and food.

We offer a wide variety of covers to suit all types of outdoor furniture, from lounge furniture to umbrellas, stacks of chairs or dining sets. Our covers are durable, resilient and water resistant. Our furniture covers are made up of rhinoweave, which is available in a neutral champagne colour. This rhinoweave material has the ability to be washed with gentle soap and water to keep it clean.It is also breathable; to keep your furniture free from mold and mildew! Due to its rugged nature this waterproof material is able to withstand even the unpredictable Canadian winter.

Outdoor furniture covers are an amazing investment to preserve and support your outdoor furnishings. Check our furniture covers out online or in any of our stores!

Clean Before Covering

Before covering furniture for the cooler months make sure to clean all components. This is especially important for those who live in moist climates as rain and snow can increase the growth of mold and mildew. Visit our Maintenance & Care page for cleaning instructions on all outdoor materials.

Raise Furniture

When indoor storage of aluminum furniture isn't possible place a piece of wood under the legs for protection from the elements. Aluminum furniture usually contains small holes to allow for the water to runoff, so water damage should not be an issue. Do not place the furniture upside down as water will be unable to drain. Cover your furniture and you're set for the cold months!


Teak is your new best friend! It can remain outside during the cold months as it does not require extensive care or maintenance. If it is covered, there is the possibility that mold can grow outside. So leave it uncovered and allow it to weather naturally.

Table tops- Glass and Ceramic

Glass and ceramic table tops should be brought inside in winter months. With the unpredictability that winter entails, there is always a risk of branches, ice and snow damaging the table top.  For storage, we recommend resting them up against a flat surface or wall. However if indoor storage is unavailable, ceramic can be left outside but should be place in an area where snow is unlikely to accumulate on top. 

You're all set for the season approaching! Following these steps for storage will keep your outdoor furniture protected and looking like new for next year’s patio season! 

To learn more about maintaining your furniture year round visit our Maintenance & Care page and be sure to check our our selection of covers and cleaners.