Outdoor Blinds: The Best Protection for Outdoor Furniture

furniture in sun

Having an outdoor space promises you a peaceful retreat or place to entertain in the fresh air and warm sun. But just as we love those natural elements, our outdoor furniture hates them.

Our outdoor furniture gets hit with the winds, the wet, and the scorching sun. But while we retreat indoors when the sun gets too hot or the wind too cold, our furniture gets left behind.

The Damage

Dampness from wet weather can pervade your furniture. It rots wood and corrodes metal. And if you’ve ever left your al fresco sofa cushions outside on a rainy day, you’ve seen how the mould flourishes.

And it’s not just the wet either. UV rays – the same ones we protect ourselves from with layers of sunscreen and plentiful shelter – can fade colour on plastics and cotton. And intense heat splits wood.

It’s important you take care of your furniture. After all, you don’t want it to end up looking like this:

old bench

Possible Solutions

Never fear. There are ways to protect your outdoor furniture.

Firstly, pick waterproof furniture. UV-resistant plastic is your best bet, though we admit it doesn’t always look fabulous. What do you do when you want the rustic look, or even just something more natural?

We all recommend bringing your furniture indoors, whether it’s canvas, metal or timber. If the furniture is too big, just make sure you tuck away the cushions. A protective covering over your larger pieces also works well.

We admit though that can be a bit of a hassle to drag the furniture inside, especially if you have little space or continuous alternating days of good weather and bad. Plus you have to be careful about storage: you need to make sure canvas is folded away dry, for example.

The Solution

There’s something you can do that solves plenty of these tricky problems and tiresome solutions.

You guessed it! (Or was the title a bit of a giveaway?). But yes, the answer is outdoor blinds.

Outdoor blinds – whether clear and tinted, shade or, especially, opaque blinds – offer all the protection from the elements your furniture needs without any of the hassle. It’s easy. When there’s rain about – or burning sun – pull the blinds down and your furniture is sheltered. There’s an added bonus – you don’t have to retreat indoors either!

Our outdoor blinds are designed to withstand the sun. All types provide a high level of UV protection – in fact, our opaque blinds block out almost 99% of UV rays. And they’re made of a UV-resistant polymer so they resist sun damage themselves.

What else you can do

Here are some other easy tricks you can do to help your outdoor furniture last longer:

  • Brush down, wipe, and oil timber furniture at least twice a year.
  • Wash polyester, wicker, and aluminium furniture with warm, soapy water at least twice a year.
  • Scrub or lightly sand timber furniture showing signs of mould.

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About Alex Kuchel

This is Alex. Alex is the National Brand Manager at Australian Outdoor Living (AOL). By day, she’s a member of AOL’s marketing team. She helps to conjure up ideas on how best to promote Australian Outdoor Living and enjoys working with a pretty awesome team of clever cookies. By night (and weekends), she enjoys the company of her family and friends. She’s a big believer in sun shine and does her best to enjoy it with those she loves most.”