Patio furniture adds functionality and comfort to your outdoor space. With the right pieces, you can convert basic patios into alfresco dining locations or a second family room for the warmer months. You can even use patio furniture on smaller balconies or pocket gardens to turn those spaces into private escapes. Here are some tips on how to choose the right patio furniture.
Make a List
Start working out how you’d like to utilize your outdoor space. Do you want a private, cozy reading nook, or a place to host dinner parties, or casual evening gatherings? Consider it all and ensure that you prioritize comfort.
Patio furniture is going to be used regularly. You’ll want to make the most of the warmer months and use your outdoor space. So sit and try every piece of furniture to ensure that it’s comfortable. Choose plush cushions and weather- and mildew-resistant fabrics.
Ensure that the furniture you buy does not require a lot of maintenance. Materials like metal, teak, cedar, and weather-resistance wicker are good options. Also, choose cushions and pillows with removable covers that you can toss in the machine.
Keep space in your garage, basement, or shed to store patio furniture during the off-season. It’ll prevent damage or additional wear and help your furniture last for years. You may also want to consider furniture that folds easily.
Choose furnishings that complement the colors found in your landscaping, home decor, or your other outdoor decor. If you can’t find the right shades, you can always paint it yourself. Follow the color matching process for your cushions and accent pieces too.
Plastic tables and chairs look good for a while, but eventually, their color fades, and they become brittle. This also happens to some wood and wicker furniture. So check consumer reports and reviews before buying any furniture. Splurge on the pieces that’ll be used often and save on the smaller accessories.
Add Outdoor Rugs
Place your furniture on an all-weather rug. You can find several quick-dry textiles today. Something soft and with rich texture on the floor will bring a little indoor comfort to the outdoors.