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I have a variety of plastic / wood / metal patio furniture that I am looking to store over the winter. Unfortunately, I don't have space inside to store it. We usually see temperatures of about 10 degrees below freezing during the winter.

What is the best way to store it?

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throw a tarp over it? –  DA01 Oct 21 '12 at 21:59
    
Doesn't moisture build up underneath the tarp? –  alumb Oct 21 '12 at 22:00
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it's a trade off. But during the winter, the air is extremely dry, so very little moisture in the air. Take the tarp off after snow melt. –  DA01 Oct 21 '12 at 22:10
    
Presumably that's -10 degrees C, not 22 degrees F. –  Niall C. Oct 21 '12 at 22:27
    
Do you have any self-storage facilities in your area? If so, you could rent a storage area for the winter. –  Tester101 Oct 22 '12 at 12:26
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If you have no space in a garage or shed (like me) then outside is your only option. I use a 20'x20' plastic tarp tied around my four patio chairs and table on my deck. They've survived 6 Minnesota winters. After a big snowfall, sometimes I'll sweep the snow off if it accumulates.

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Do you have the furniture completely wrapped? or is the bottom side uncovered for air circulation? –  alumb Oct 22 '12 at 16:52
    
The bottom is uncovered, I tie the four sides of the tarp to the deck. Though my deck is fairly exposed, so I'm careful to tie the tarp tightly hoping a big gust of wind won't blow it away. –  Sam Miller Oct 25 '12 at 19:22
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