Outdoor spaces and patios are all the range when warm weather sets in. They don’t only add to your total living space, but they can also be a great place for relaxation and enjoyment with family and friends. Of course, this has a lot to do with your outdoor furniture, and that’s the reason you should take extra care when shopping for some.
When buying outdoor furniture, it’s best to start by considering your weather. Strong winds can have aluminum furniture flying in midair, while hot and dry conditions can make some wood splinter or crack. Some wood types, like wicker, also cannot withstand constant moisture exposure.
Material is yet another crucial consideration when shopping for outdoor furniture. Look into weather conditions, the furniture’s aesthetic, and the type of maintenance it needs.
As earlier mentioned, some types of wood are incompatible with hot and dry conditions, and aluminum furniture can be downright dangerous when winds get strong. But aluminum does require very little maintenance, and same with resin or teak. Wrought iron can survive both heat and moisture and can last a lifetime.
Consider the space you have and its shape. 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.
Besides available space, also look into the positioning of furniture that you intend to purchase. Are you thinking of putting a piece on a tough surface such as a wooden deck, or on soft ground and grass? Be careful with certain wood types, specifically soft woods, which tend to rot when constantly exposed to ground moisture. Keep in mind too that some metals may corrode with moisture.
You relax in outdoor furniture, so make sure that is actually possible. If you purchase chairs bare, then you can always sew up your own cushions. Also nice for relaxing are recliners, rockers and chaise longues. Just make sure to try out the pieces before buying them.
Since you probably won’t be using your outdoor furniture in winter, be sure to have enough space for storage. Stress on enough – because if you carelessly throw all those pieces into a cramped room, they sure won’t look as great when you have to bring them out again. Or just buy outdoor furniture that you can use indoor in winter to avoid this problem.
At the end of the day, you can only buy outdoor furniture that your budget permit you to. July and August (approaching fall) may be the best time to buy outdoor furniture, which usually come with huge discounts around these months.