As in: Your splintered Adirondack chairs, which are not sitting pretty.
Place cushions in large plastic boxes. When summer ends, make sure cushions are completely dry before placing them in the plastic boxes. “Use scissors to poke holes in the boxes to prevent mildew,” says Daryl Tilley, vice president of merchandising for seasonal living at Lowe’s. Store lighter furniture, like plastic, wood, and wicker, indoors, “preferably in the attic, as basements and garages are too damp,” says Tilley.
Cover furniture with a tarp. It’s OK to leave heavier furniture, like wrought iron, outside, but protect it with a tarp. Or try Covermate covers (from $14, the-cover-store.com), which come in many sizes and have drawstring cords for a snug fit.
Store glass in a less-traveled area. Remove glass tabletops and “store them in a safe corner where they won’t be knocked over,” says Tilley.