Whether you are buying your first patio set or replacing your old worn-out set, there are a few things you should consider before making your final purchase.
Consider your space
What kind of ground surface do you have — soft grass, concrete slab, wooden deck?
When you sit down in your new patio lounge chair for the first time, you don’t want it to sink into the grass or fall into a crevice of your wooden deck. Make sure that the furniture you buy has the appropriate frame and support for your area.
Is the area covered or open? What is the climate like where you live?
Climate and weather patterns are an important thing to consider when deciding what type of frame you want for your patio furniture. If your outdoor area is open to the elements, make sure that your patio furniture is rated for all-weather use — especially if you are considering wicker or wrought iron. There is nothing more frustrating than having to rush around to cover your furniture or drag it into the garage when a storm hits. Or seeing how the sun has faded your beautiful brick red cushions into a pale pink. Paying attention to the manufacturer of the cushions is a good idea as well. (Sunbrella® fabrics are some of the best outdoor fabrics you can get and are guaranteed against fading and seam separation.)
How big is your space?
Buying furniture that is too large (or too small) for your area can result in an uncomfortable outdoor living space. The whole purpose of an outdoor living space is to have a place outside for relaxing and enjoying life — so make sure your set fits the way you want it to.
Think about how your furniture will be used
Are you looking to entertain friends every weekend or just have a nice quiet area for evening dinners and afternoon lounging? Patio furniture comes in so many styles — there is something to fit every possible use; deep seating, cushioned chairs are great for lounging, swivel chairs are nice and convenient for dinning and rounded sofas are perfect for sitting around the fire pit. No matter what patio set you decide on, buying a few extra stack-able sling chairs is always a good idea.
Match your interior style
Your outdoor living space should be considered an extension of your home. Bringing the same look, colors & style outside to your patio area will give your outdoor space a more cohesive feel. Adding accessories such as rugs, pillows, outdoor decor and even outdoor heating will give you all the comforts of being indoors with the joy of being outside.
These are all things to consider when deciding on what type of outdoor furniture to buy. There are many options, so if you do your research and plan accordingly, you will find the perfect outdoor furniture for your home.