Choosing quality outdoor patio furniture

Once your patio, porch, or pool deck is complete, now it’s time to add the finishing touches. You’ll enjoy your new outdoor space so much more when you select furnishings that both appeal to your sense of style while providing comfort. Here’s what you need to know about shopping for outdoor furnishings.

Consider materials. Fully research the different materials available for outdoor furnishings. Everything from wood to metal to plastic is commonly used, and they each have their benefits and drawbacks. Some are heavier than others, so keep that in mind if you plan on moving the furniture frequently. And with regard to cloth materials, remember that anything placed in the sun is likely to fade over time.

Try before you buy. Visit a showroom that allows you to actually sit on models of the outdoor furniture you’re considering. What is comfortable to one person does not work for another, and you’re the one who will be using this furniture most often.

Read online reviews. On the other hand, consulting your favorite home furnishings website can help you investigate the longevity of your options. The reviews section can be illuminating, as current owners offer their feedback. Just remember to look for reviews that mention length of ownership; many new owners are thrilled on the first day, but those who return after one year to leave a positive review carry more credibility.

Think about how you will use the furniture. How many people do you need to regularly accommodate? Will you need extra seating options for parties? Do you need furniture that can be taken apart and rearranged according to changing needs? What about end tables or coffee tables for placing food and drinks? Would some family members prefer a swing to a couch?

Think about the weather. Since outdoor furnishings will be enjoyed outside, consider your own comfort with regard to weather. Would a freestanding heater make your space more enjoyable in cooler weather? What about a mister for those hot, miserable summer days?

Style is personal. Outdoor furnishings vary in style just as much as their indoor counterparts. You can create a variety of stylish environments, from modern to traditional to even a retro look. It’s up to you, depending upon your personal preferences, but consider the outside of your home and how everything will look when put together. And visit more than one showroom, so that you get a good idea of all the options on the market.

And finally… What the heck is an Adirondack chair? An Adirondack chair is simply a specific style of reclining outdoor chair. It has a downward sloping seat, wide arm rests, and a tall slatted back. You’ve probably seen them in beach locations or arranged around fire pits. And yes, they’re quite comfy! But some people do have a difficult time with their low heights, so Adirondack chairs might not be the best option for those who are older or have mobility problems.

As you consider your outdoor furnishing options, remember we’re here to provide for all of your landscape design needs. Call us when you’re considering a renovation and we can help you from start to finish.

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