How to extend the life of your garden furniture

We’ve all been spending more time in the garden lately so, if your garden furniture that could do with sprucing up, here are some tips to restore your outdoor furniture so you don’t have to replace it, but rather extend the life of your garden items...

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We’ve all been spending more time in the garden lately, whether you’ve been trying your hand at gardening like me or soaking up the sun, it might have drawn your attention to some imperfections on your garden furniture that could really do with sprucing up. 

This blog post will talk you through restoring your outdoor furniture so you don’t have to fork out money to replace it, but rather extend the life of your loved garden items. 

USE COVERINGS FOR PROTECTION FROM THE ELEMENTS

One way to extend the life of your garden furniture is to cover it with a weatherproof material when autumn and winter approach. Something like a tarpaulin is ideal. Make sure you tie your material securely so wind and rain doesn’t blow it off. This will help prevent rust and damage caused by constantly damp wood or metal. It will also protect the paintwork from chips and scratches caused by harsh weather.

STORE YOUR FURNITURE INSIDE

If you want to extend the life of your furniture to the fullest extent, you might want to consider moving your furniture inside during the winter months if you have the space to do so. This will protect your items when they are not in use and keep them in great condition ready for the summer. It could be in a shed, garage, or even in the conservatory. If you don’t have the space to do this, just bring in the soft furnishings such as cushions or blankets and wash them before storing them away for next spring.

KEEP IT CLEAN

Keeping your garden furniture clean can help extend its life. For plastic items, use soap and water to remove the build up of dirt, grime, and mould, and ensure you dry the surfaces properly with a clean towel or cloth. For metal, regular brushing can help get rid of loose debris and prevent the build-up of rust. I often brush down my wooden garden furniture and my scaffold-board benches – if only to remove the bugs and spiders that like to shelter there!  

APPLY A FRESH COAT OF PAINT

A fresh lick of paint will not only make your garden furniture look better, but it can also extend its life. Different paints are suitable for use on metal, wood, plastic, and stone, and specialist paints can extend the life of your furniture by providing protection against water damage. Use an anti-rust paint to protect any metal furniture from corrosion, and explore specialist garden furniture wood paints for benches, tables, and sheds.

Remember to put down an old sheet if you are repainting, even if you are outside, as this will further reduce paint from spreading to unwanted areas such as the decking or patio. It will also help remind you and other family members not to touch the wet paint! Consider painting on a warm day where it can dry outside without getting wet.

Your garden needs to be somewhere you feel relaxed and comfortable, as well as looking aesthetically pleasing. Proper maintenance is key when wanting to increase the lifespan of your outdoor furniture, looking after your garden items can save you money over time and keep your outdoor space from looking tired and outdated. 

Try the methods above to add some more life into your older items and keep your patio, terrace, or garden in top condition. And please let me know how you’ve look after your garden furniture or any ideas for upcycling outdoor pieces in the comments below 🙂

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