How to Store Outdoor Patio Cushions During the Off-Season

Adding cushions to patio furniture makes the time you spend outside more comfortable and enjoyable, but as the sun starts to set a little earlier and the air gets that hint of crispness, it’s time to start thinking about storing your outdoor cushions. Storing outdoor cushions during off seasons or inclement weather is an easy way to keep them in great condition. Check out some of the easy ideas below to keep your cushions looking like new for the next outdoor season.

Outdoor cushions on patio chairs

When Should You Store Your Cushions?

As the temperatures cool and the summer winds down, you should begin to ready your patio or deck for the upcoming indoor season, especially if you live in an area with harsh winters. To ensure the preservation of your cushions, it’s a good idea to have them put away before the first frost. Moisture and extreme temperatures can damage cushions and pillows, so plan ahead to beat the cold weather from creeping in.

Check out this article for reasons why you should also store your cushions during the summer.

Prepping Your Cushions for Storage

Before you officially put your patio cushions away for the year, be sure to give them a thorough cleaning to ensure any dirt or debris is washed away. Read the label on your cushion for specific instructions, but generally you can just brush off dirt, leaves, or crumbs, and spot clean any stains. Use mild soap and warm water to wipe them down. Be sure the cushions are rinsed and soap free by using a hose to spray them down. Let each cushion air dry completely before storage. To learn more about keeping your cushions clean, read through the tips in our blog, How to Clean Outdoor Furniture Cushions for a Fresh, New Look.

Where to Store Your Cushions?

There are many places to safely store patio furniture cushions when they’re not in use. Find a dry, cool, well-ventilated area like a temperature-controlled garage, finished basement, or storage shed. Avoid damp areas to minimize mold and mildew growth. If possible, keep your cushions off the ground during storage. Place them on shelves, racks, or pallets to keep pests and moisture out. For temporary storage, use heavy-duty trash bags, tarps, or blankets to cover cushions. These items are great for protecting the cushion from dust and moisture but aren’t ideal for storing for extended time periods. Try protecting cushions with a fabric storage bag or furniture covers made from breathable materials for long-term storage. Furniture covers are also excellent for covering cushions that can’t easily be removed from patio furniture.

deck box on patio

Another great storage option is plastic bins with lids. Bins are available in many sizes to fit any size cushion, and the lid keeps out dust and pests. Deck boxes are perfect for storing cushions because they also have a lid and can be kept indoors or outdoors all year, making them an easy option for temporary storage. A storage bench also makes a convenient place for outdoor cushions. Tuck the cushions and pillows beneath the seat of the bench and close the lid until you’re ready to use them again.

storage bench with outdoor cushions and pillows on a deck

With these simple steps, you can bid farewell to your outdoor cushions for the season, knowing that you’re taking good care of them. When the temperatures increase and the sun shines again, you’ll be ready to put the fresh, cozy cushions back out for another year of enjoyment.

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