How to pick pieces for your outdoor space

How to pick pieces for your outdoor space

  1. Start with what you want

Begin by thinking about how you would like your outdoor space to function. Would you like it to serve as a dining area on warm summer nights? Would you like to host your next dinner party or your child’s birthday party in the space? Is a peaceful reading nook more of what you're looking for in your outdoor living space?

Make a list of the many things you would like to do in the space and use it as a guide to determine what type of furniture is necessary. If the primary function of your patio space is to host casual evening cocktails, you could look for a dinning table or for ample comfortable seating, conversation set, and a fire pit.

  1. Test the comfort

Take a seat before you buy. Comfortable patio furniture, just like interior furniture, will be used regularly as opposed to uninviting patio furniture, which might have good looks but not-so-good comfort. 

  1. Go for Easy Care

Reserve the bulk of your garden-side hours for enjoying your space as opposed to maintaining furniture when you purchase easy-care patio furniture. Look for the name Sunbrella Fabric when purchasing any outdoor furniture that consists of a fabric on top.  As for the base, most metal, teak, cedar, and all-weather wicker pieces are unfazed by whatever nature throws their way.

  1. Consider Storage

Add years to the life of your patio furniture by storing it in a protected location, such as a garage or basement during the off season. Even the toughest furniture, such as teak chairs or a wrought-iron settee, will last longer if it is placed in storage when not in use. Look for modular light patio furniture, with cushions that are able to come off.

  1. Color Smart

When purchasing patio furniture, you're not limited to the natural tones of wood; the black, white, and beige of wicker; or metal pieces. Colorful finishes abound in the world of outdoor furniture. For stylish longevity, reserve bold splashes of color for cushions and accent pieces. 

  1. Look Underfoot

Ground patio furniture by placing it on an all-weather rug. Textile advancements in recent years have brought many quick-drying outdoor rugs to the market. Soft underfoot and rich in texture, an outdoor rug will lend the comforts of indoors to the great outdoors.  

  1. Search for Dual-Purpose Pieces

Look for hardworking furniture. An ottoman that doubles as extra seating for your next backyard bash and a simple bench that will stand alone or cozy up to an alfresco dining table are essential for frequently used outdoor spaces. 

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