Tips for Buying Outdoor Furniture

Patios, decks, and other outdoor spaces naturally attract us, especially when the weather turns warmer. And, when properly equipped, they add to your home's living space and set the stage for fun and relaxation.

Therefore, when buying outdoor furniture, it is important to consider several factors, such as functionality, comfort, and materials, as well as basics such as cost and size.

Buying outdoor furniture involves a process similar to buying indoor furniture, but the outdoor environment carries some special considerations.

Consider your climate

Is your climate hot and dry or do you live near the coast? It rains often? Does the midday sun hit your outdoor space?

These are all important questions to answer before selecting outdoor furniture, because outdoor exposure is difficult for all furniture, regardless of the weather.

Hot, dry conditions can cause wood to splinter and crack, while frequent humidity can cause it to rot.

Strong winds can blow aluminum furniture; iron does not blow, but neither does it resist salty air. The sun is perhaps the worst of all.

Dulls and discolors paint, bleaches fabrics and wood, and generally degrades plastic and other synthetic materials.

To choose furniture that will last, be realistic about the inherent properties of the material.

Measure your outdoor space

Consider how much space you have and how it is configured.

Is it a long, narrow porch or a wide, wide deck? Like the furniture in the living room or family room, use the area and shape of your outdoor space to determine the size of your outdoor furniture and the possible groupings it will fit into.

The most important thing is to make sure you leave enough space around your furniture to walk comfortably.

Apply the same principles to the flow of traffic that you would use indoors.

Determine where you will place the furniture

Is your patio or outdoor space exposed to the elements or do you have roof covers? Will your furniture be on soft ground and grass or on a hard surface, like a wooden deck or paved patio? This helps you choose materials that suit your environment and surroundings.

For example, do not place softwoods such as pine on a grassy surface and in an exposed area. Moisture in the soil can cause wood to rot. Moisture can also corrode some metals.

Pay attention to comfort

You will be using your outdoor furniture to relax, so make sure it is comfortable. If your chairs and loungers don't come with cushions, you can always buy or make your own cushions and pillows.

Be sure to choose or use good quality outdoor fabric that is resistant to fading and mildew.

Provide a storage space

Make sure you have room to store your outdoor furniture for the winter, or at least to store pillows and other fabric items.

Sometimes even furniture covers don't provide enough protection, especially for materials like wicker. You may have room to store your furniture or buy something that you can use indoors during the winter months.

If you have really limited storage space, consider folding and flattening outdoor furniture.

Consider your budget

Ultimately, your budget determines what you can buy, but it's a good idea to buy the best furniture you can because quality furniture offers more value than cheap products that don't last.

If you are saving, there are a few options to make sure you get the best value for your money.

We hope you enjoy watching this video about how to choose patio furniture:

Source: The Home Depot

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