While the state of California rarely experiences the same frigid and snowy conditions as other parts of the country do during winter, we still see our fair share of rain and soggy soil. It is easy to forget about alfresco tables, chairs, and loungers in the colder months when not in use, but it is important to winter-proof outdoor patio furniture for longevity. Here are some of the simplest things you can do to keep patio furnishings safe from moisture and chilly temperatures this season.

Invest in Furniture Covers

If, like most of us, you do not have the space to drag outdoor furniture inside for the winter, high-quality patio furniture covers are your next best option! These shields not only protect from rain and damp conditions, but also prevent fading from UV radiation when the sun is shining. Patio covers have come a long way from their earlier, shapeless days. In 2017, you can find covers perfectly fitted to all kinds of furniture and accessories, including:

  • Chaise loungers
  • Loveseats
  • Rectangular tables
  • Round tables
  • Sectionals
  • Sofas
  • Umbrellas

Simply choose the covers you need for your collection and throw them on, rain or shine, to make your outdoor furniture last.

Store Extras in Blanket Boxes

Smaller, miscellaneous items are easily stored in blanket boxes during inclement weather. Available in durable teak and wicker options, these stylish storage units accommodate pillows, throws, blankets, and anything else you want to stow for the winter. You can also use them to organize outdoor plating, silverware, glassware, and décor when not in use.

Buy Water-Resistant Materials

One of the best things you can do to keep patio furniture safe from the elements is to invest in moisture-wicking materials up front. Premium teak and all-weather wicker are two of the best candidates for the job, as their natural properties make them highly resistant to water and moisture.

These are just some of the easiest ways to protect outdoor furnishing from winter weather.