How to Buy Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor spaces and patios are all the range when warm weather sets in. They don’t only extend your home’s overall available space, but they can also be very relaxing and entertaining. Of course, a big part of that has something to do with your outdoor furniture, so you need to practice extra care when you go buy some.

Weather Conditions

When shopping for outdoor furniture, the weather is usually the first smart thing to consider. With strong winds, your aluminum furniture can go flying in midair, while some wood furniture can crack or splinter when it gets too hot and dry. Wicker and similar wood types are also totally incompatible with moisture.

Material

Material is yet another crucial consideration when shopping for outdoor furniture. You’ll want to check how it would fare with your weather, how much care it needs, and of course, its aesthetic.

As mentioned, some types of wood don’t hold up well in dry or hot conditions, and aluminum furniture can be dangerous in strong winds. But aluminum does require very little maintenance, and same with resin or teak. Wrought iron can last ages and can withstand moisture and heat.

Free Space

Look into the shape and amount of space you have. Is it long and narrow or broad? Broad and wide? You have to look into these things to know what size of furniture you should get. Of course, you should leave enough room that lets you walk around in comfort.

Positioning

Aside from available space, you should also consider where exactly you plan to put the furniture that you plan to buy. Do you plan to put the piece on a paved patio or on soft ground or grass? Careful with specific wood types – soft woods – which will surely rot with ground moisture. Remember as well that some metals an corrode with moisture.

Comfort

You relax in outdoor furniture, so make sure that is actually possible. Chairs can be bought bare, and you can simply make your own pillows. Also nice for relaxing are recliners, rockers and chaise longues. But be sure to test the pieces before actually paying for them.

Storage

Because you won’t reasonably use your outdoor furniture during winter, make sure you have enough space in which to store it. Stress on enough – because you can’t just throw all the pieces into a cramped room and expect them to look the same when you have to take them out again. Or simply purchase outdoor furniture that can be used indoor during winter to eliminate this problem.

Budget

At the end of the day, you can only buy outdoor furniture that your budget permit you to. You’ll find a lot of great deals on the months leading to fall (July and August) so plan your purchase accordingly.

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