How to Keep Furniture From Fading: Tips to Avoid UV Damage Indoors

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Your furniture adds style and comfort to your living spaces, but over time, prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause irreversible fading, damaging your pieces. Protecting your furniture from the harmful effects of sunlight is essential to maintain its beauty and longevity. In this article, we will explore effective strategies for how to keep furniture from fading so you can enjoy your furniture for years to come.

Install Curtains, Shades, or Blinds

One practical way to safeguard your furniture from UV rays is to use window coverings. There are many window covering options available that allow you to “dim” the light shining inside according to the time of day. They range in material from wood and metal to sheer fabric and can be matched to the aesthetic of your home. During peak sunlight hours you can draw the curtains or close the blinds to completely shade your furniture from the sun. However, this means that you will need to rely on indoor lighting to brighten up your space. During morning or evening hours when the sun is not as bright you can lift your shades partially or open your blinds part-way to let in more sunlight. By closing them when the sun is at its peak, you can effectively minimize UV exposure and reduce the risk of furniture fading.

Reorganize Your Room

Consider rearranging your furniture to reduce its exposure to direct sunlight. By strategically positioning your furniture away from windows where your pieces are apt to receive too much direct sunlight, you can prolong the life of your furniture. If this is not possible in your space, try rotating your furniture so that specific items don’t bear the brunt of the UV rays. While your furniture may still receive some sunlight this way, rotating it can help redistribute the sunlight evenly and minimize fading over time. 

Utilize Plants or Trees for Natural Shade and Aesthetic Appeal

Integrating greenery into your living spaces not only enhances the aesthetics but also provides natural shade to protect your furniture. Placing potted plants or trees near your windows not only gives the plants a space to thrive from natural sunlight, but it helps to relieve the stress on your furniture as they can create a natural barrier for your furniture so none of your pieces receive excessive sunlight. However, while plants have many natural benefits, when it comes to furniture fading, you may have to couple adding plants with another method for reducing sunlight as plants alone are unlikely to provide sufficient shade to protect your furniture from fading.

Try an Awning: Extend Outdoor Shade

For outdoor spaces that receive ongoing sun exposure, an awning can provide extended shade to your furniture. In addition, an awning allows you to enjoy your space during peak sunlight hours when you otherwise would avoid sitting outside. By creating an additional shaded area, you can enjoy your outdoor furniture without worrying about fading or damage caused by sunlight. The main drawback to adding an awning is the investment. Depending on the size of your space, adding an awning may be a significant financial investment.

How to Keep Furniture From Fading: Invest in Window Film 

By now you have a good list of how to keep furniture from fading. But while window coverings, plants, and interior design rotations can all help protect your furniture from UV rays, they all have downsides. From not providing complete coverage to making you rely on indoor lighting, some of the methods above may not be sufficient to protect your furniture over a long period of time. Fortunately, window film can minimize fading and allow you to benefit from natural light all day long. 

With window film, you don’t have to worry about adjusting your window coverings throughout the day or rearranging your furniture, not to mention that any indoor plants you have will love the extra sunlight! Window film has many additional benefits including reduced glare and there are many options to suit your budget and your needs.

Preserve the Life of Your Furniture with Window Film from ESP Window Tinting & Graphics

At ESP Window Tinting and Graphics, we help our customers find the best film for their space and ensure that they save money in the long term with our professional installation services. Improve the life of your furniture while enjoying the benefits of natural light.  Let ESP take care of your home or commercial space with window film today.  Contact us today to get started! 

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