Tips for Deciding the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture

Tips for Deciding the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture

Your outdoor living space is your summer sanctuary. Here is where you'll entertain, relax, and enjoy the warm weather days. Choosing the correct patio furniture can turn any outdoor space into your favorite part of the house.

Begin by thinking about how you would like your outdoor space to function. Are you thinking more of a dining area during the summer months, hosting casual evening cocktails, or a simple reading area? Making a list of the things you would like to do in the space can be used to determine what type of furniture is necessary. If the primary function is to simply lounge, opt for ample comfortable seating and side tables.

Choose outdoor furniture that is easy to care for. Most metal, teak, cedar, and all-weather pieces are un-fazed by whatever nature throws their way. Furniture made using these forgiving materials will look great for years. It is important to note that even the toughest furniture will last longer if it is placed in storage once the weather turns cold. Add years to the life of your patio furniture by placing it in a protected location, such as a garage or basement.

Consider how the weather is in your area. Is your weather hot and dry or perhaps you live near the coast? Hot, dry conditions can make some wood splinter and crack. Strong winds can send aluminum furniture flying, and wicker will not withstand constant exposure to moisture. You do not want to choose a material that won't stand up to your weather conditions.

It goes without saying that comfort is important -- very important. You may want steel or wood construction in your patio furniture for stability and longevity, but don't forget that without some homey comforts like soft, plush cushions, your outdoor furniture will go largely unused. Most textiles designed for outdoor use are made from all-weather materials that repel water or encourage moisture to evaporate quickly by remaining absorbent. Fabrics designed for use outdoors are usually fade resistant and UV protected, too. When you're evaluating fabrics for outdoor furniture, check cushion seams for heavy duty thread and consistent, even stitches. Choose cushions with vents that encourage air flow and quick drying.

Choosing the right patio feature, that fits your style and budget, can be simple and fun. Get ready to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather with friends and family with your new patio furniture from

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