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Find the Best Patio Furniture with these 5 Tips

Whether you’re repurposing indoor furniture or buying a new set, making the right choices for your outdoor patio furniture can be difficult. Use these 5 tips to help you select the perfect furniture to spruce up your patio or deck.

1. Choose Weatherproof Materials

Patio furniture is exposed to strong UV rays, harsh winds, pouring rain, freezing snow, and other weather conditions. Look for sturdy, weather-resilient materials when selecting your outdoor furniture to ensure it will withstand the elements for years to come.

  • Wood is a popular material for patio furniture. Make sure that your furniture comes in a domestic or exotic hardwood. Materials like teak wood require more maintenance due to needing treatment with wood oil twice a year.
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  • Look for aluminum when buying metal furniture. Aluminum is lightweight, reflects the sun’s rays, and repels moisture making it rust-resistant and easy to clean.
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  • When considering plastic, seek out high-quality reinforced poly rattan materials due to its durability. Other plastic furniture may offer more design options and colors, but are more susceptible to being bleached or deformed by the sun.
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  • Resin wicker is a great option made of synthetic fiber that is waterproof, pest proof, and easy to clean.
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    2. Look for Seating Options

    Whether you’re purchasing furniture with entertaining in mind or wanting to accommodate your family, your outdoor patio set must have options for seating.

    • Multiple Person Seating – Multi-person seating can come in different options such as a large sectional or a two-seater sofa. This type of seating allows families and couples to sit together.
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    • Individual Seating – Guests who are strangers to each other may feel uncomfortable if their only option is to sit next to someone else. Find individual seating such as club chairs, rocking chairs, and bar-styled seats to allow for personal space.
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      3. Cushions for Comfort

      If you want guests to remain seated for prolonged periods of time, seat cushions and pillows are a must for comfort.

      • Seek out matching cushions and pillows in waterproof or weather resistant fabrics like Sunbrella. Sunbrella fabrics come in an array of designs and colors to fit your patio set.
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      • Cotton cushions are great for comfort, but not so much for handling extreme climates. Coat cotton cushions with a waterproof spray to avoid mildew growth.
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      • Always check the labels for washing instructions. Some cushions may only recommend washing the covers which can leave cushions vulnerable to mold and pest buildup.
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        4. Dine Al Fresco

        While seating options are necessary, outdoor dining tables can expand the use of your patio and offer guests a focal point at which to gather.

        • If you have a smaller patio and intend to only host groups of people sharing drinks and snacks, purchase a round table that sits higher.
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        • For larger spaces meant for relaxing and outdoor dining, consider a rectangular table at regular dining table height for your family to congregate.
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          5. Invest in Good Cover

          Since you don’t have the time or space to constantly move outdoor furniture indoors to avoid weather damage, your furniture needs protection from burning sun and torrential rains.

          • Use the patio set’s fitted cover when not in use. Remembering to cover your table and chairs will prolong their life by preventing destruction from the exposure.
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          • Install a large patio umbrella to shade furniture and your guests from rain and shine, alike.

           
          You don’t have to sacrifice comfort and style when searching for high-quality, weatherproof outdoor furniture. Reading the labels for quality and utilizing a good cover will help you select the perfect set for your patio that is sure to last for years to come.

How to Protect Your Outdoor Furniture During the Winter Months

Snow and the bitter cold of winter can do some serious damage to outdoor furniture. Since nobody wants to spend the time or the money to get new furniture with each passing season, here are a few simple tips to help protect your outdoor furniture from the cold, harsh weather and keep it looking like new.
 

Metal Patio Furniture

The biggest concern when it comes to metal furniture is rust. While a lot of metal patio furniture now has a powder coating that is designed to keep the metal from rusting, corrosion can still find a way to appear, especially over time. Once your metal furniture begins to rust, snow and rain can begin to weaken the metal.

To winterize your metal patio furniture, follow these easy steps:

  • Use a small wire brush to remove any rust.
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  • Touch up any visible spots where the rust was removed with a bit of wrought iron exterior spray paint
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  • Clean all surfaces of your metal furniture to remove any dirt or grime.
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  • Keep your outdoor furniture protected all winter long by using a furniture cover. These are perfect because they are designed to fit your furniture and keeps it safe from rust and other elements which can cause serious damage.

 

Wood Patio Furniture

 
During the winter, wood furniture absorbs cold air, rain, and snow if it’s not properly treated, which can lead to cracking and cause the furnishing color to fade.  
To keep your wood furniture in good condition, make sure you properly apply waterproofing wood sealant. Sealed wood holds in its natural moisture and eliminates cracking. Sealant is also the best way to protect your wood furniture year round.

Purchasing custom patio furniture covers is also a great way to protect outdoor furniture, no matter what kind of materials the furniture is made from.  

Plastic Patio Furniture

 
Plastic furniture typically requires little to no maintenance and doesn’t absorb moisture like wood. However, when exposed to extra cold temperatures, plastic can become brittle and crack.

To keep plastic furniture in the best condition possible, make sure to clean it thoroughly throughout the outdoor entertaining season, and then move the furniture indoors during the winter months.

Even with plastic furniture, it is important to cover your outdoor furniture during the winter months. This is great for keeping dust and debris at bay, and not allowing the plastic to possibly warp in the cold weather.  

Storing Patio Furniture for the Winter

 
If possible, find a safe place to store your patio furniture for the duration of winter. Whether you store it in a shed, garage, basement, or even a storage unit, it will be clean, sturdy, and ready to go when spring arrives.

In addition to winterizing your patio furniture, keep in mind that following through with regular maintenance year round will prolong the life of your outdoor furniture without exception.