Having the right furniture for your patio can transform that space into an extension of the house. Unfortunately, with a myriad of outdoor furniture to choose from, it’s easy to rush into buying outdoor furniture without knowing what to consider.
This article guides you on how to choose outdoor patio furniture. Read through these tips to help you buy the best for your space.
Tips to Consider before Buying Outdoor Furniture for your Patio
Consider the dimensions and flow within the outdoor patio
The dimensions of your patio space will determine the size of furniture that you buy. Note that I don’t mean eyeballing the dimensions; get a tape measure and note down the length, width, and height measurements.
While making allowance for the furniture, ensure ample room for movement to flow within the space. The last thing you want is to knock over something or someone when you turn.
Consider how you intend to use the patio space
Choose and buy furniture once you’ve figured out the space’s intended function.
Here are prompt questions to help you figure out this part. How do you plan to use the outdoor patio area? What furniture do you need? And how many people do you want to accommodate?
For example, if it’s going to be a hang-out spot, buy a comfortable couch or lounge chairs with coffee tables. On the other hand, a chaise lounge is ideal if you want to sunbathe while enjoying a refreshing drink.
Consider your budget
You should consider your budget when choosing outdoor patio furniture. This means that you purchase items based on the amount of money you’re willing to spend.
If you can afford high-end furniture, go for it. However, if you’re on a tight budget, there are excellent budget-friendly options for you.
Consider the color of the furniture
Bright-colored outdoor furniture is often inviting and appears expansive. Darker colors exude luxury and make the space smaller and more intimate. Choose outdoor furniture in color shades that blend with the surrounding color palette.
Think about the amount of exposure to environmental factors
It would be unfortunate to shop around for furniture only for them to get damaged by the elements. You need to be aware of the sun’s position, direction, and strength of the wind in relation to your patio.
Choose water-proof furniture resistant to UV rays that can withstand extreme weather conditions without fading, warping, or rotting.
Consider the material of the furniture
Choose outdoor furniture made of high-quality material. Remember, each furniture material has its perks and shortcomings; you need to understand the tradeoffs from the onset.
For example, untreated woods can splinter in extreme heat, while extreme cold makes plastic brittle and crack. Likewise, uncoated metal furniture can rust in the rain and salty air while humidity wrecks natural wicker.
Some furniture may be blown away in strong winds while and many furniture upholstery will fade, wear and tear from exposure to harsh heat and UV rays.
Consider Furniture maintenance and aftercare
The aftercare is something to consider as well. The type of care your furniture needs is dependent on the type of material. The frequency of care and maintenance depends on the frequency of use.
Generally, cleaning outdoor furniture can range from dusting with a soft cloth, washing with scrub brush and soap, to thorough cleaning with potent cleansers. Some may require buffing, others a coat of oil, paint, or stain.
If you go for furniture with cushions, you may occasionally need to wash the covers. Also, this space may need more or less care if you have children or pets around.
Consider comfort levels of the furniture.
When we hear comfort, we immediately think of cushions. It is an option; comfort also lies in the material, texture, and height of the furniture. Furniture that’s too low is unfavorable for an older person, while too high doesn’t favor kids.
If you plan to spend hours seated on your patio, you should test and approve the comfort of all the furniture you’re considering before you buy it.
Consider storage options for your furniture
Consider storage options for your patio furniture when winter hits or you want more space outdoors. Choose patio furniture which you can move to your garage or ones that can fold up, stack, or collapse into storage boxes.
If you have bulky furniture that won’t fit elsewhere in the house, see that you can get them weatherproof covers.
Make it yours, style, and personalize your patio
Furnishing patios often reflects a personal style. Choose furniture that resonates the most with your style and taste so you can enjoy being outdoors.
The considerations above should guide you on how to choose the right outdoor patio furniture.
Furnishing a space doesn’t have to be an overnight job. So before buying outdoor furniture, take your time to plan and research, window shop if you must.