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Over the years, the winter rain and summer sun can damage your outdoor furniture. This guide shows you some of the simple things you can do at the start of each season to protect and restore your furniture so that you can enjoy it for years to come.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cover your furniture
2 Oil or stain your furniture
3 Protect your pillows and cushion
  • Step 1. Cover your furniture

    The easiest way to look after your outdoor furniture is to cover them so that they are protected them from the wind, rain and sun. There are covers specifically designed for tables, patio heaters and umbrellas. If you don’t have one of these, covering your outdoor furniture with a tarpaulin will also protect them from the elements.

  • Step 2. Oil or stain your furniture

    An easy way to look after your wooden furniture and make it look great is to lightly sand it back and then apply an oil or stain to help protect it. There are a range of different colours and finishes to choose from. If you do this regularly, it won’t take long each time you do it.  This will not only protect your wooden tables and chairs but also keep them looking new. 
  • Step 3. Protect your pillows and cushion

    A simple way to protect the pillows and cushions for your chairs and outdoor furniture is to keep them undercover when the winter weather and rain arrives. This can be as simple as storing them inside your home or in a shed or putting the cushions or pillows on a chair and pushing the chair under the table.

Get council approval forms 01:00

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Man bolting temporary timber guides in place 04:24

Decking How to set out a deck Before you can build a deck, it’s important to do the groundwork. We’ll show you how to measure and run string lines to mark the height of your deck and position of your stumps.

Install other bearers 03:47

Decking How to install bearers and stumps for a deck To install an outdoor deck, you’ll need a solid foundation. We’ll show you how to sink the stumps and attach the bearers for your foundation.

Person cutting a check-out in the wall plate 02:57

Decking How to install joists for a deck Installing the joists for your decking is an important step in the project. We’ll show you how to install the joists that will form a strong foundation for your deck.

lay decking 02:46

Decking How to lay decking You can make the most of your outdoors and add real value to your home with a deck. We’ll take you through the steps involved in laying merbau decking.

Pre-drill holes to attach decking 05:17

Decking How to build modular decking Find out how to build your own outdoor living area with modular decking

Deck lights connected to power 02:07

Lighting How to install deck lights Turn your deck into a space you can use night and day. This video will show you how to install lights into your decking.

Person cleaning the deck with high pressure water cleaner 02:46

Decking How to choose and maintain decking for a beach house An outdoor deck is a great spot for entertaining. We’ll show you how to choose the right materials and finishing, and give you some maintenance tips.

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions which came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings team member.

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