A warmer spring weather would bring you outside for an enjoyable time. Outdoor spaces can be an additional entertaining, relaxing, enjoying or escaping area of your house. Choosing garden outdoor furniture is mostly the same as indoor furniture. However, there are still some further things you should consider beforehand. Let’s take a closer look at some factors you need to consider before buying outdoor patio furniture.
There are many crucial questions you should answer before picking outdoor patio furniture, regarding the weather. Is the temperature high and the weather droughty? How often does the rain? Do you live near the beach or place with high level of humidity? Is your outdoor space windy? And so on.
Each type of weather conditions would cause disadvantages to certain kind of outdoor furniture. Hot and dry weather can crack some types of wood. The windy garden will make aluminum furniture fly or fall down.
The size and shape
Do you own a wide patio, a square garden or a limited balcony? It is important to consider your outdoor size and shape as those will decide the size of your outdoor pieces. Remember to calculate the free space between furniture for you to move around easily.
A narrow space would fit a bar table set rather than a traditional dining table and chairs. A mini bistro set can also be a game changer in the limited area.
Do you own a free deck or a covered patio? Is the ground soft or hard? Answering these questions helps you determine the right material matching with your surrounded elements.
Some kinds of softwood cannot stay on a grass ground under the direct rain. The moisture can easily decay the wood. The humidity can also cause corrosion on some metal furniture.
A possible solution is to put those under the shade of garden outdoor parasols, awnings or roofs.
The material of your outdoor patio furniture
There are a lot of material choices when it comes to outdoor patio furniture. You should consider three things beforehand: the weather, the care required and the appearance.
As we stated before, the weather significantly affected your choices. Choose the right material that can withstand the weather conditions of your outdoor spaces.
The maintenance time for each type of materials is different. Teak, aluminum or synthetic wicker do not require much care. Some hard materials like wrought iron and concrete can stand under harsh exposure from year to year.
Polyethylene wicker furniture is also a good choice for all types of weather conditions.
Outdoor patio furniture is for relaxation, so it must be comfy enough for you. Traditionally, sofas and chairs are upholstered. But if they are not, you can always make DIY cushions and pads. Remember to choose good outdoor fabric for your own pillows style.
It is better if you can store pillows when it is raining heavily or when not in regular use.
Rocking chairs or recliners are another good choices for a comfortable seating. Remember to try the seat you like to make sure it is comfy enough for your back.
We recommend outdoor hammocks and daybeds for a charming and cozy lounging patio.