When a gentle spring breeze turns into a gale, it can wreak havoc on your lawn furniture. Picking up overturned patio chairs and damp outdoor cushions is not the way you want to spend your time outdoors when fine weather returns.
But there are ways to keep your outdoor furniture from being blown away this spring. Here are five tips to help keep your patio furniture in place on a stormy day.
5 Ways to Keep Your Patio Furniture from Blowing Away
1. Choose the Right Furniture
Opt for heavier furniture that won't easily get blown away by the wind. Wicker or lightweight aluminum furniture can easily be blown over, whereas wood, steel or wrought iron furniture is much more substantial. If you don’t rearrange your outdoor furniture often or need to store it elsewhere, heavier patio chairs may be the way to go.
2. Anchor Your Furniture
Anchoring your patio furniture to the ground or a wall can prevent it from being blown away. There are various types of furniture anchors available on the market, such as sandbags, weights, straps, clips and brackets, to help keep your furniture securely in place. You can even use heavy rocks or cement blocks to weigh down your furniture.
3. Tie it Down
Use bungee cords or tie-down straps to secure your furniture to something immovable, like a tree or post. Simply wrap the strap around the base or legs of your furniture, then loop it around the tree or post and secure it in place using the buckle or clamp.
4. Store Your Furniture
If you know strong winds are on the way, it's best to move your furniture indoors to ensure that it won't get damaged or blown away. If indoor storage is not an option, tie the pieces together or tuck them into a corner or against a wall or fence that can act as a windbreak.
5. Stack and Cover it
Take advantage of space-saving features like stackability to help keep furniture together. The increased bulk and weight of stacked chairs will help keep them in place. In addition, investing in durable furniture covers can help protect your patio furniture from the elements, including strong winds.
Remember to regularly check your anchoring system to ensure it is still secure and working effectively, especially during periods of high wind.
By choosing heavier outdoor furniture and taking steps to secure it, you can help prevent your patio furniture from blowing in the wind.