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Patio cushions - waterproof cover vs deck box

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Patio cushions - waterproof cover vs deck box

Recently bought a sectional for our deck and we're wondering what most people do for storing/protecting the cushions.

We bought a waterproof L shaped cover that covers the entire sectional and we were thinking of just keeping the cushions as-is on the furniture, cover it back up after use. Or, getting a deck box and storing the cushions after each use.

Is a deck box an overkill? If they are covered by the waterproof tarp it's essentially doing the same thing?

*we would bring them inside the house for the winter
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nagooro wrote: Recently bought a sectional for our deck and we're wondering what most people do for storing/protecting the cushions.

We bought a waterproof L shaped cover that covers the entire sectional and we were thinking of just keeping the cushions as-is on the furniture, cover it back up after use. Or, getting a deck box and storing the cushions after each use.

Is a deck box an overkill? If they are covered by the waterproof tarp it's essentially doing the same thing?

*we would bring them inside the house for the winter
We cover in summer and they spend the winters as fort material for my girls. When I’m feeling lazy I will just move enough for me to sit. July is usually so dry that the cover is off for about 3 weeks and we use the furniture daily.
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nagooro wrote: We bought a waterproof L shaped cover that covers the entire sectional and we were thinking of just keeping the cushions as-is on the furniture, cover it back up after use.
This is all we do. In the fall we bring them in and store them in the basement but once spring hits we put them out and use a cover when not using them to keep them dry and out of the sun.
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A lot depends on the quality of the cushion fabric
If you have something like Sunbrella, then the cushions can pretty much stay in place Spring thru Fall
Except, perhaps for days when a big downpour is expected, if your Patio furniture is out in the open ... and not housed within a porch, gazebo etc
This is when having a deck box comes in handy
Truly dry protection / storage spot .. and they won’t blow away in the middle of a Summer storm

Winter it makes sense to protect your patio furniture from the harsher elements
Be that putting the furniture into dryer storage (shed, garage or indoors)
But if that’s not possible ... then the tarp like covers are the next best thing

Cushions in winter, definitely need protection
Best bet here is indoors
If that’s not possible, again... shed, garage or in a deck box is a step in the right direction
Doing the former, and your cushions with last years & years
Doing the latter, and not bringing them inside and their lifespan will be shorter
As they’ll be more prone to mould, mildew and rotting by being outside somewhat exposed to the elements
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We bring our cushions in - when we didn't, we'd find mouse poop on it. The effort to sanitize the whole fricking thing was more than just bringing them in.

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GavinCampbell wrote: This is all we do. In the fall we bring them in and store them in the basement but once spring hits we put them out and use a cover when not using them to keep them dry and out of the sun.
We do this!

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