When warm weather sets in, people crave outdoor spaces and patios. They don’t only add to your total living space, but they can also be a great place for relaxation and enjoyment with family and friends. Of course, your outdoor furniture will play a huge part in all of that, and that is why you have to be careful when buying some.
When shopping for outdoor furniture, the weather is usually the first smart thing to consider. Strong winds can have aluminum furniture flying in midair, while hot and dry conditions can make some wood splinter or crack. Certain wood types such as wicker are also averse to constant moisture exposure.
Yet another crucial consideration for furniture shoppers is material. You’ll want to look into the care it needs, its aesthetic and of course, how it reacts to your weather.
As earlier mentioned, some types of wood are incompatible with hot and dry conditions, and aluminum furniture can be downright dangerous when winds get strong. The good thing about aluminum though is that it is low-maintenance, along with resin or teak. Wrought iron can last ages and can withstand moisture and heat.
Consider the space you have and its shape. Is it long and narrow or broad? Broad and wide? You have to look into these things to know what size of furniture you should get. Of course, make sure to leave enough room for walking around comfortably.
Aside from available space, you should also consider where exactly you plan to put the furniture that you plan to buy. Do you want to put a certain piece on soft ground and grass or on a hard surface like a paved patio? Be careful with certain wood types, specifically soft woods, which tend to rot when constantly exposed to ground moisture. Remember as well that some metals an corrode with moisture.
Outdoor furniture is where you relax, so make sure that actually happens. If you purchase chairs bare, then you can always sew up your own cushions. Chaise longues, recliners and rockers are also suitable for relaxation. Just make sure to try out the pieces before buying them.
Because you won’t reasonably use your outdoor furniture during winter, make sure you have enough space in which to store it. Stress on enough – because you can’t just throw all the pieces into a cramped room and expect them to look the same when you have to take them out again. Or just buy outdoor furniture that you can use indoor in winter to avoid this problem.
In the end, your budget decides what you can or cannot buy. You’ll find a lot of great deals on the months leading to fall (July and August) so plan your purchase accordingly.