When the weather gets warmer, everyone’s thinking of outdoor spaces and patios. Not only do they expand your home’s total available space; they are also a very relaxing and entertaining place to be in. 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. Hot, dry conditions cause some wood to crack or splinter, while strong winds can send aluminum furniture flying in the air. Certain wood types such as wicker are also averse to 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 we have mentioned earlier, aluminum furniture can pose dangers with strong winds and some wood types deteriorate in hot or dry conditions. The good thing about aluminum though is that it is low-maintenance, along with resin or teak. Wrought iron can last lifetimes and hold well against heat and moisture.
Consider the space you have and its shape. Is it long and narrow? 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.
Aside from available space, you should also consider where exactly you plan to put the furniture that you plan to buy. Do you want to put a certain piece on soft ground and grass or on a hard surface like a paved patio? If you want to buy furniture made of soft wood, don’t put it directly on the ground where it can rot because of the moisture. Keep in mind too that some metals may corrode with moisture.
You relax in outdoor furniture, so make sure that is actually possible. Chairs can be bought bare, and you can simply make your own pillows. Chaise longues, recliners and rockers are also suitable for relaxation. 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 to get rid of this issue, just get outdoor furniture that you will be able to use indoor during winter or wet months.
In the end, your budget decides what you can or cannot buy. You’ll find a lot of great deals on the months leading to fall (July and August) so plan your purchase accordingly.