How to Protect Outdoor Bar Stools from Weather Damage

Outdoor bar stools are prone to weather damage, especially if you live in an area with bigger temperature variations throughout the year. The bar stools are prone to damage, regardless of the materials these are made from (i.e. metal, wicker or wood).

If you want to have the bar stools for longer, you have to protect them from the snow, rain and winds.

What You Need:

  • Furniture cover
  • Patio cover
  • Varnish
  • Exterior oil paint
  • Storage space

Step 1 – Choose the Right Bar Stools

When choosing your outdoor bar stools, you need to select the material that is less likely to be affected by weather damage. This will depend on the weather conditions in your area.

For instance, if you live in a humid area, plastic or wicker would be a good choice, as metal is prone to rust.

Step 2 -- Get a Patio Cover

A patio cover can protect all the items you hold on your patio from rain and strong winds. The cover can be made of textile material, plastic, wood or even metal.

However, even with a patio cover, you must be aware that the bar stools may be prone to damage:

  • Dryness, cracking paint or warping, in the case of wooden stools
  • Rust, if the stools are made of metal
  • Brittle stools, if they are made of plastic

Step 3 – Get Bar Stool Covers

Investing in some bar stool covers can protect your furniture during the colder seasons. Ideally, you should opt for covers that can be easily placed on the stools and are also easy to remove and can be tightened, so that the furniture is fully protected and the wind won’t be able to blow these covers away.

The covers may be made of a plastic or waterproof textile material, which will protect the stools from rain, snow or dirt that can be blown by the wind.

Step 4 – Varnish the Stools

If you apply varnish often on the bar stools, you extend their life, as the varnish will protect the patio stools.

Prior to applying the varnish, you should clean the stools and then use a light grain sand paper or a power sander to even the surfaces and make the varnish application easier.

You can varnish the stools twice per year.

Step 5 – Paint the Outdoor Stools

The stools may also be painted with an exterior paint. The paint acts as a protective coat and can be reapplied on a yearly basis or less frequently, as needed.

Step 6 – Store the Bar Stools

If winters are harsh in your area and you are not using the outdoor area for several months, it may be a good idea to store the bar stools in a garage, basement or a shed.

Any of these storage spaces will make sure your stools are safe from weather damage.

Even if you patio is covered, precipitations and humid air from outside may affect the bar stools and will reduce the life of these patio pieces.