Tips For Buying Outdoor Furniture

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There is something quite special about turning your perfectly landscaped yard into an oasis where you can sit and relax whenever you have an urge. You recently hired a creative landscaping design company, and it was one of the best investments you have made to your home. With the work all done and the proud owner of an exceptional backyard, the next logical step is to furnish your outdoor space with seating options, tables, and other outdoor furniture. Great outdoor furniture brings function and comfort to your patio, and it is also an excellent way to add even more beauty to your outdoor space. With such a breathtaking backyard, a few folding chairs from Walmart and a splintering picnic table from a garage sale simply won’t do. You need quality furnishings that will enhance your outdoor living space. We are here to help.

Have a Plan

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Before you head out and buy anything, you need to figure out a vision of how you want your outdoor space to look and function. For example, will you be doing a lot of eating in your backyard, or will you utilize it more for entertainment purposes? Perhaps your outdoor space will be used as a living space. These are all important considerations that will help determine the kind of furniture you need.

For the majority of homeowners, you will be using your outdoor space for a variety of functions, so you will probably need seating options, a table for dining, and perhaps a coffee table. There are also space considerations; the larger your backyard, the more space you have to fill. Once you have determined the amount of furniture you need and the function of your furniture, then you can begin the shopping process.

Find the Right Materials

There is a wide range of materials that are used for outdoor furniture. From stainless steel to plastics that are resistant to fading in the sun, there are plenty of choices. But you do need to keep in mind that even outdoor furniture won’t last forever and will suffer staining, fading, and corrosion over the years.


If you are the frugal type, you can still find quality outdoor furniture made with plastic that looks good, is durable, and will give you years of enjoyment. There are also powder-coated metals that vary in styles and quality but will prove to offer longevity. You can opt for brass outdoor furniture, which will develop a patina over time and ages very well.

Natural materials such as wicker and rattan will provide a casual look; they will also require weatherproofing every couple of years. However, if you desire something with less maintenance, synthetic options are quite inexpensive and will last for years.

Another option is wood, and choosing a durable wood like mahogany or teak is a fine choice. However, the downside is that some of these pieces can be rather pricey. On the other hand, one of the benefits of wood is that it will develop a lovely weathered look over the years. Ultimately, the choice of materials you choose for your backyard is entirely subjective, and you will wind up buying what you can afford and what catches your eye.

Check for Quality

When shopping for outdoor furniture, you will definitely want to opt for quality products. If you are shopping online, make sure you read up on any reviews given by consumers. You will want to avoid anything that doesn’t get raving reviews. If you are shopping in person, do a visual inspection of the products before making a commitment. Wood furniture should be smooth and free from flaws. Painted furniture should be uniform in the finish and without defects. There should be no fraying or loose ends when checking out wicker furniture.

If at all possible, sit on the furniture that you like to get an idea of how it feels. Most retailers have floor models for this very purpose. A sofa or chair might look great, be made from quality materials, but could also be quite uncomfortable. The last thing you want is to buy furniture that is not comfortable or cozy.

Don’t Forget to Accessorize

Just like the furniture in your indoor space, your outdoor furniture will be enhanced with accessories. For example, while an outdoor sofa or chair might look great right out of the box, the addition of cushions or pillows will make it pop. In addition, there are cushions and pillows available that resist fading in the sun. One of the benefits of these types of accessories is that you can change them up at will and totally change the look of your outdoor space.

There are other accessories you can purchase that will add style and coziness to your outdoor space. For example, an outdoor rug or two will go a long way in adding color and depth to your patio. In addition, rugs will help protect your patio and keep your feet from burning on the hot concrete in the summer. Best of all, a great rug will tie your outdoor space together.

Perhaps you already have a great set of patio furniture, but it just doesn’t look as good in your backyard that lacks landscaping. If this is the case, now is as good a time as any to give us a call for a consultation. We employ professional designers who will work with you to develop a design perfect for your outdoor space. So let the journey to a beautifully landscaped yard begin today.