Can You Put a Regular Couch Outside? (Factors To Consider)

If you’re wondering whether your regular couch can be outside, you’re in the right place.

Couch makes people to spend more time outside because of the comfort it offers. Couch also help to increase the value of outdoor. it make people enjoy their outdoor relaxation and give them much comfort.

Regular couch can’t be used outside because they’re not built to withstand the harsh weather conditions outside. However, you can use a coach that is made with materials that has the capacity to withstand the weather conditions.

You can also read more about outdoor furniture here

After I built my outdoor deck, I improve the value with well-designed couch. Not only was the couch eye-catching, but they provide excellent and maximum comfort.

Coach makes the outside worth staying because it makes users sit comfortably while enjoying the cool natural breeze outside.

There are factors you need to consider before you can use your regular couch (Indoor furnitures) outside. The knowledge of the factors will enable you to make the right decision that’ll make your regular couch last long outside. 

Let’s dive in.

What Materials Are Your Couch Made With?

In this section I will discuss various materials used to build regular couches and their reaction to outdoor weather conditions.

Not all indoor furniture can be used outdoors. The materials used in construction of a couch is what determines the environment that it can be used in.

You need to know couch materials capacity to withstand the weather conditions. Hence, exposing them to outdoor climates will damage the couch easily.

Though, there are some regular couches that are built with outdoor materials. Such regular couches can be used outdoors — because they have the capacity to withstand the harsh weather conditions outside.

Before you proceed to use your regular couch outside, read the instructions if it is built to be used outside. Otherwise, use a regular couch that’s designed to be used outdoors.

What Types Of Wood Is Your Regular Couch Built With

There are different types of wood used to construct regular couches. Some wood can be used on both outdoor and indoor. 

The nature and capacity of the wood to withstand the harsh weather conditions of the outside matter a lot. 

If the wood lacks the strength to withstand outdoor climatic conditions, it can easily break or get weak. Once the woods are weaks, the couch will lack stability and capacity to carry people.

Here are different types of woods:

  • Kiln-dried
  • Hardwood
  • Cedar wood

Most regular couches are made with these woods above. These woods are not treated to withstand harsh weather conditions outside.

You need to know the capacity of the carriage of the wood before you move the couch outside. But wood that’s chemically treated will definitely withstand the harsh weather conditions.

Kiln-dried wood 

Some quality regular couches are constructed with quality kiln-dried wood. The wood can withstand the indoor climates change.

The wood dries in a kiln, which is a high-temperature device used to cure pottery. When the wood is dried in a kiln, all the moisture is removed to make the wood not to rust or easily break.

Kiln-dried wood helps to make the wood not to bow over or crack irrespective of the weather condition inside or weight. This prevents the wood from warping over time, which can contribute to cracking. 

Wood has moisture inside its grains, and if it’s not kiln-dried, that moisture will eventually evaporate, changing the shape of the wood and adding unnecessary stress to the grain.

Couches that you can use outside are to chemically treat the wood after kiln-drying. The chemical threat of the will make it not to either crack or affected by mod when exposed outside.

You can take your regular couch outside if the woods are kiln-dried and chemically treated to be used outdoors. 

When couch woods are chemically treated, hardly will the woods bow or crack. Also insects will not also destroy the woods. Rain or snow will not damage the couch if left open outside. 

For your regular couch to be on a safer side, you need to know the type of woods that are used to construct the couch.


Hardwood sometimes are not required to be kiln-dried or chemically treated. They are naturally strong to withstand any weather conditions you expose them into.

Couch products with hardwood are termed to be high-quality that you place anywhere in your house.

Some popular and reliable hardwoods are oak and maple, due to their ability to age well with strong durability.

Hardwoods are extremely difficult to be cracked by weather conditions. Also hardwood doesn’t require chemical treatment. 

Such hardwood are:

  • Maple 
  • Oak 

Couch that’s either produced with maple or oak doesn’t require to be kiln-dried or chemically treated before it can withstand any weather conditions.

If your couch is made with maple or oak hardwood, you can use such a couch either indoor or outdoor. Because maple or oak are sturdy and durable wood that are naturally strong to withstand climate conditions outside.

There  are some woods that when they’re used to build a couch, weather treated or kiln-dried, the couch can’t be used outside.

It’s important you know the type of wood, your couch is made of. Some types of wood are naturally good for outdoor usages.

Such woods are:

  • Pine
  • Spruce 

Pine and spruce are types of woods that when they are used to construct a couch can easily crack when exposed to harsh weather conditions.

Pine and spruce need to be kiln-dried and chemically treated to prevent cracks and bowing weather be indoor or outdoor.

Pine and spruce woods are not as sturdy and strong compared to maple or oak. The amount of chemical treatment will make the pine or spruce not to crack when exposed to climate conditions.

Pine and spruce don’t board very well to couch. To make the pine and spruce board well together, you need to use a nail or any effective chemical. Pine and spruce lack the natural board together strength.

Pine and spruce are not strong wood materials that you can use outdoors. When choosing the type of woods to be used outdoors, then consider oak or maple wood. 

Is a Leather Couch Good For Outside?

Leather sofas are highly-resistant to stains and scratches. They’re also easy to clean with the help of water and a sponge (most liquids won’t leave a mark, provided that they’re soaked up quickly).

Most of the leather sofa couches are colorless that you can use outside. Lack of color makes the weather have the capacity to withstand harsh weather conditions.

However, high-quality leather sofas are expensive but are good for outside. That said, when you consider the longevity of a leather sofa, this investment usually pays off.

Polyester Regular Couch Good For Outside?

Polyester is a form of plastic which can be spun into threads and woven into fabric. In upholstery, it’s typically used in conjunction with another material – often acrylic.

This type of leather is good for both outside and indoor. The only disadvantage is that it emits heat when the weather is hot. 

When you use a polyester sofa outside, you don’t worry about the weather conditions because it has the capacity to last long irrespective of the weather conditions. 

Acrylic Couch

Acrylic is another form of synthetic fabric. It offers bold and vibrant colours, is easy to clean, and quick to dry. It’s great for outdoor furniture.

Acrylic couches are one of the best leather you can use on both indoor and outdoor. The leather doesn’t fade or change color. It doesn’t get squeezed when the temperature is high or low.

 Acrylic couches are mainly for outdoor use. Also the couches are designed for a high-traffic area of the house, dirt-resistant acrylic is ideal.

Acrylic couch can easily melt when subject to excessive heat. Acrylic can also trigger an allergic reaction in some people, so be sure that no-one in your family suffers from this problem before placing your order.


Regular couches that are built with materials that have the capacity to withstand outdoor weather conditions are good to be used outside.

Outdoor couches will last longer when exposed to outside climates conditions compared to indoor weather conditions.