The winter days will soon be over and warmer weather will soon be upon us all. Are you one of those people who suffer from spring fever just thinking of the days you’ll be spending outside? Before you start thinking of all the relaxation, gardening, and parties you’re going to be doing in your patio, think of the redecorating that’s included in your New Year’s resolutions. While you’re at it, it’s time you give your outdoor furniture a real good check if it matches your patio. If you’re planning to buy new furniture, listed below are some tips for finding the perfect furniture fit for your open-air settings.
Do you get extremely hot and dry summers? Does it often rain? Is your location prone to strong winds? Considering the weather when you go shopping is a crucial part of your furniture selection process. Certain types of wood cannot withstand hot and humid conditions and will likely splinter and crack over time. While aluminum furniture is light and durable, it can easily be blown away by strong winds. Some metal furniture will rust if it’s continuously exposed to moisture.
Select the right material that can withstand Mother’s Natures wrath. Teak wood, for example, is a weather-resistant wood. Stainless steels as well as wrought irons, won’t rust and synthetic resin furniture can substitute for real wicker furniture.
In addition to this, a follow-up question would be what activities are you planning to do on your patio? Is it mainly for relaxation? Will you regularly hold parties or will you have a pool on your patio? If you rarely spend outdoors, you don’t need to splurge on expensive items. If you want it to be a peaceful and calming retreat, choose furniture that’s comfortable such as daybeds or cushioned outdoor bench gliders. If you’re going to have guests often, invest in durable furniture pieces that can withstand not only the tests of nature but the heavy wear and tear from being regularly used.
Consider the shape of your space. Rectangular or square shaped plans are easier to plan out. The size of your patio will determine the size of your furniture. There should also be appropriate clearances between furniture for people to freely move in and out. Don’t crowd your space and make it easy to navigate for everyone.
Determine the furniture you will put in. A bigger space can be separated into divisions, one for lounging, one for dining and one for entertaining. If space is limited, you can choose a bar counter and stools which take up little space in comparison to a dining set. You can also combine the lounge and dining area. Look for inspiration from cafes that can manage to fit in seats and tables for their customers without compromising the space to walk around.
Will you put it in a place with no shade? Will the furniture legs be resting on top of a wooden floor or on a grass lawn? Will you need patio umbrellas to cover your furniture? Just like knowing the climate, knowing the environment your patio furniture will be placed in will help you choose the right type of furniture.
These are furniture that you, your family and your friends will be using to relax so comfort is very important. You can buy cushions and pillows separately if your furniture isn’t upholstered. If you choose to buy upholstered furniture, choose fabrics that are meant for outdoors like Sunbrella. If you plan on lounging out on your patio, wide daybeds, lounge chairs, and rockers make a great stylish choice. Hammocks and swinging chairs will also help achieve that relaxing retreat you’re aiming for your al fresco sanctuary.
When you know the type of environment and climate you have in your area, you’ll be able to figure out which type of furniture is suitable for you. Aluminum will withstand corrosion and is lightweight, making it easy to move around. Its malleable property makes it prone to dents and isn’t ideal for places with strong winds. Synthetic resin mimics the look of wicker or rattan furniture and is better suited for the outside use, easy to clean, and can be washed with a hose. Sunbrella is an acrylic-based fabric made to withstand UV rays, resist mold and mildew and most of the time, 100% waterproof making it ideal for rainy environments. Teak wood is one of the most beautiful outdoor furniture material. It’s strong and its natural oil makes it water and termite resistant. The only disadvantage of teak is that it’s quite an investment because of its price and over time, it turns into a silvery gray color. This isn’t actually a con if you love the weathered look. Stainless steel is contemporary and sleek but is prone to scratches and also expensive. Wrought iron, like aluminum, is corrosion-resistant and comes in a variety of styles and designs. You can also scour flea markets for affordable vintage finds that you won’t mind putting outside.
If you’re planning to use patio furniture for a lot of parties or if you have pets and kids who will regularly hang out on your patio, choose an easy-to-care furniture that won’t take up so much time to clean. Come winter, make the effort to check and store your furniture to make it last longer. Most outdoor furniture is built for the elements but prolonging its life by properly taking care of it will make your investment go a long way.