If you’re someone who likes spending a lot of time outside or you happen to do quite a bit of entertaining during the late spring and summer seasons, you definitely should consider investing into a nice set out outdoor patio furniture.
Now, if the first thing that comes to mind when you think of patio furniture is cheap plastic and vinyl, don’t let that deter you from purchasing some. We say that because the reality is that outdoor furniture pieces have come a really long way; some are actually just as nice as what you would put inside of your home.
However, in order to make sure that you get just the kind that you want, we wanted to provide you with a list of five things that you should consider when purchasing outdoor patio furniture. Check these helpful tips out below:
Think about what you want the furniture for. Before even heading out to the stores to look at different kinds of outdoor furniture, there are two things that you need to think about. The first thing is what you want the furniture for. For instance, are you planning on creating your own outdoor room? Or maybe you simply want a table and set of chairs for your deck. By knowing what your plan is for the furniture, not only will it help you to come up with a budget but it will also point you into the direction of the kind of pieces that you are looking for. This brings us to the second point.
Factor in the different kinds of materials that you can get. As with indoor furniture, outdoor furniture is made out of all kinds of materials. There is wrought iron that is considered to be pretty indestructible. There is aluminum that is much lighter than wrought iron and does not rust. There is wicker, which is considered to be a classic kind of outdoor furniture; but it is far more fragile. There is plastic furniture that is inexpensive but doesn’t hold up the best in humid climates. There’s wooden furniture too. So, something else that you definitely need to think about is the climate you live in and the kind of material that would be the most suitable. That will also help you to narrow down your decision.
Try “it” before you buy it. Although purchasing things online can definitely make life more convenient, if you’re looking for furniture to be comfortable, it’s best if you test it out before buying it. That’s why, if you’re looking for things like sofas or lounge chairs, it really is best if you physically go to a furniture store and sit on the pieces. That way, you can be confident that you are getting something that looks good and feels even better.
Purchase pieces during the “off season”. Say that you went “window shopping” at a store and you saw a couple of items that you really wanted, only they don’t fit into your budget. Well, if you want to get them when the prices are lower, it’s best to get outdoor furniture during its “off season” which would be right after the Fourth of July. Or, you can get it in between Thanksgiving and Christmas (although since everyone is shopping during that time, sometimes items are harder to find then).
Have a place to store the furniture in the wintertime. In order to insure that your outdoor furniture lasts for years to come, aside from purchasing furniture covers, you need to have a place to store it in the wintertime. Therefore, look for furniture pieces that will fit well in your basement, garage or shed. That way, they will be protected from the harsh winter elements and will remain in perfect condition for the following spring season.