Patio furniture adds comfort and elegance to your outdoors. More than being merely attractive, the patio has to be more functional to add value to your home. Furniture makes all the difference while you are outfitting your outdoor area. Simple additions like a wicker sofa or a rocking chair add up to the beauty of the living space outside. In addition to having relaxing evenings, a well-furnished patio can be the best event destination with your family and friends. Check out these tips to choose the perfect patio furniture for your outdoors.
Make a List
Before you buy, imagine how you want the outdoor space to be. Keep in mind the space and the functionality of the furniture you want to buy. Do you want it to be just a reading area or do you wish to host dinner parties. Once you get down to the basics, give a thought to the material you want to choose and start making a list. This will ensure that you do not buy anything that you’ll regret buying later.
Quality Over Quantity
Invest in good quality furniture that will survive the seasons and do not lose their charm. Furniture made of materials like plastic resins may look great for some time but lose their shine after a year or so. If they are in the sun for too long, they may not even long for a year. Wicker and wood pieces also lose their coloring and become brittle after a particular period. Shop with proper care and take good care after you buy any furniture pieces.
Check Before You Buy
Check if the furniture you want to buy is comfortable after all. If the furniture is uninviting, chances are that no one wants to use them even if they have good looks. Furniture that is assembles with glue and nails do not last long in the outdoors (or even the indoors). Go for the ones that are fixed with dowels and screws. Also see if the furniture is squeaky. If it is, avoid buying it.
Buy One at a Time
Do not buy everything at once. New home owners find it very difficult to resist buying all the furniture for their home at one go. You tend to spend more if you buy all the furniture in one sitting and you may also end up buying something you don’t actually need but just to fill up the space. Avoid whole sale purchases as you will never know the price for individual items.
Go for Easy Care
Your time in the garden should be reserved for enjoyment and not for maintaining your furniture. Look out for patio furniture that is very easy to care and maintain. Plastic fiber and resin furniture requires more care depending on the weather conditions. Instead, choose teak, metal or wicker pieces that survive all the weather conditions. They also look brilliant for many years so that you do not have to replace the furniture often.
Furniture Style and Design
Consider what you plan to buy and how you want to use it. While elongated chairs and chaise lounges are a perfect option if you just want to pass the time idly, a table paired with comfy chairs and cushions are suitable for family meals. You can even opt for an umbrella setting and cushions for a more comfortable summer experience. Your outdoor furniture should be a feature within itself; so pick your pieces wisely.
What will you do with your furniture during off-season? If your patio furnishings are left outside during the monsoons and winters, they might not last longer. Unless they are under a roof, outdoor furniture is best protected by storing in the basement or the garage during off-season. If you do not have enough space for storage, then buy patio furniture that can be easily folded and stored away.
While natural tones of wood are fancied by everyone, beige, white and black also good options especially if you are looking for metal pieces. Prefer soft colors for the furniture and pick cushions and other accent pieces in splashes of bold colors. Picking the right colors means that you don’t have to be disappointed once you lay the pieces in place. Also, you don’t need replacing them for a while.
Consider Dual Purpose Furniture
Dual purpose patio furniture helps you get the most out of your space. If you are too short on square footage, furniture pieces that do double duty will definitely come in handy. A convertible garden bench or a sofa table that instantly converts into a dining table – all add more space and functionality to the patio area. You can also bring them indoors to use during the off-season.
Rugs tend to bring all the comfort of the indoors to the outdoors and give the patio a perfect finishing touch. There’s nothing more decorative and pleasing than placing your furniture on a rug that is made of all-weather materials. Look out for rugs that dry quickly and are made of sturdy fabric and yet give a soft feel to the feet. Avoid heavily-patterned rugs that are too bright and stiff.
Patio décor is more than being just attractive. Adding long-lasting and comfy patio furniture not only adds value but also increases the comfort factor. Make your transition to outdoors really joyous with the right kind of furniture and accessories.