The 6 Best Methods for Outdoor Cushion Storage

Storing your outdoor patio cushions correctly significantly extends their lifespan without adding a lot of time to your outdoor maintenance routine

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Patio and outdoor furniture cushions should not stay outside all year unless the weather in your area is usually dry. If you live in Arizona with an outdoor pool, for instance, your cushions may only need occasional cleaning, but they will probably still fade more quickly from constant sun exposure.

Conversely, “If rainfall is frequent where you live, you should keep them sneaked away inside a shed or storage closet of some kind,” says Kate Diaz, founder of Swanky Den. Exposure to moisture can degrade cushion fillings over time and encourage mold growth.

Here’s how to store outdoor patio cushions to make them last.

Storage Shed
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Storage Shed

If you need storage space for more than a few patio cushions, buying or building a shed might be a worthwhile project. This Suncast Storage Shed is water- and UV-resistant, and it has a floor. If you’d rather DIY, here’s a shed building plan that makes the most efficient use of materials to keep costs low without sacrificing quality. The result is a cute addition to your yard with plenty of storage.

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Outdoor Cushion Storage Cover
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Outdoor Cushion Storage Cover

Diaz also recommends purchasing covers to protect outdoor items from grime and dirt. Outdoor furniture covers are an especially good choice for cushions attached to the furniture. Unless you have a large shed or basement, bringing the entire patio set inside isn’t feasible. Here are a few tips for cleaning patio furniture.

Covers help in spring and summer. They’ll protect your cushions from storms and to shield them from dirt or damage, like paint drips from an outdoor project.

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Outdoor Storage Bench
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Outdoor Storage Bench

An outdoor storage bench is another great option for patio cushion storage. With easy storage within reach, you can put your cushions away after each use. Besides protecting cushions from winter weather, this will help them stay clean during heavy pollen or dusty periods. The storage bench also provides extra seating.

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Garage Patio Cushion Storage Shelves
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Garage Patio Cushion Storage Shelves

A shelf in the garage is one of the simplest ways to store outdoor patio cushions. It gets them out of the elements in 10 minutes or less. These storage shelves would also work in a basement, but the walk downstairs might add a few minutes to the chore.

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Pest Free Storage For Patio Cushions
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Pest-Free Storage for Patio Cushions

“One of the best tips for storing your patio cushions is to get a container that will seal tight,” Diaz says. Plastic storage totes are one example. Your outdoor cushions will be protected from dust and pests in these handy bins, and they prevent curious cats from knocking everything off the shelf. You can store the bins in a garage, basement or enclosed porch.

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Waterproof Storage Bags
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Waterproof Storage Bags

Another airtight patio cushion storage solution is an Ziploc Big Bag. Although compression bags save space, a regular waterproof bag is the better option. “Some lower-quality cushion foam may not bounce back after a season of compression,” DeMorrow says.

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Mikayla Borchert
Mikayla is an assistant editor for Family Handyman, specializing in indoor and outdoor gardening, organization and décor. She has one cat and holds a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, she likes running, skiing, hiking and tending her balcony garden.