Warmer weather is definitely here so what better time to sit outside and enjoy the gorgeous weather? The right furniture can enhance your time spent outdoors, whether it be a cozy chair or two to relax in while you sip your morning coffee, or a full table and chair set to host dinner for eight. With a little time considering your needs and style, you can turn your patio into an ideal haven!
Take a trip into any hardware store and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the patio furniture options. Some things to consider before you begin shopping include:
• How many pieces do you want? Chairs, love seats, tables, etc.?
• How much sun does your patio receive?
• Is style or durability more important?
• How much time will you dedicate to maintaining your furniture?
If you only plan on using your patio to enjoy a few quiet minutes outside per day, sticking with a small table and chair set will keep your costs down no matter which material you select.
For casual evenings outside with small groups of friends, opt for comfortable chairs with a few side tables and a fire pit to enhance the atmosphere.
If you’re interested in becoming an outdoor hostess, select a table and chair set that meets your needs, with an umbrella to cover you on those ultra-sunny days.
Now that you’ve determined what type of setup you’d like, it’s time to think about materials. The popular options to choose from include metal, plastic and wood, with even more breakdowns in each of those categories! Plastic is the least expensive option, but if left out in the harsh sun day after day, the plastic will fade quickly and become brittle, needing to be replaced every couple of years.
Wood or wicker pieces are hardier and also come in a variety of colors and textures. These materials are great because they won’t heat up and burn your skin when left out in the sun, but they may require touch-up (or total) painting or oils to help them remain as beautiful as the day you first brought them home.
Metal furniture is both sturdy and durable, comes in a variety of colors and is pretty resistant to whatever Mother Nature throws its way. Metal does heat up with the sun’s ferocious glare, but an awning or umbrella will make this furniture comfortable on sunny and rainy days!
No matter the material for the furniture, be sure that all cloth materials for any throws or seat covers are made of all-weather fabric for longer-lasting comfort.
Armed with a few answers – and some helpful tips – you’ll soon be enjoying the great outdoors from the comfort of your patio.