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Best Outdoor Furniture for Stargazing

 

Imagine coming home on a Friday night after a long week of working hard, gathering with friends and family on your back patio, and gazing up at the night sky at one of Mother Nature’s greatest masterpieces: the stars. Not only is stargazing a universal activity, but it’s also one that doesn’t require much planning or advanced technology to truly enjoy.

When you’re ready to unwind, instead of turning to the TV, computer, smartphone or video gaming system to give you instant entertainment, consider grabbing some snacks, gathering up your family, friends, and/or neighbors, and making a fun evening out of watching an all-natural, awe-inspiring star show. With these helpful tips, you can transform your backyard or patio space into a comfortable, functional stargazing paradise.

Set Seats for the Stars

It’s important to have enough comfortable, adequate outdoor patio furniture. Instead of simply putting out some lawn chairs and hoping that they do the job, consider investing in quality, versatile seating pieces that give guests options of how and where they can settle in. Check out these star-friendly patio seating options:

  • Luxury chaise lounge chairs: Sophisticated and contemporary lounge chairs with five-way adjustable backrests and fold-out feet allow you to set up a perfect laid-back, stargazing sanctuary.
  • Club chair settings: Comfortable, plush club chairs that have swivel and rocking capabilities are ideal for gazing up at the night sky.
  • Club & ottoman sling chairs: These versatile, practical, and durable sling chairs and ottomans are built for offering leisure outdoor living and can be a great addition to a stargazing-friendly patio set.  
  • Full patio set-ups: Get an all-in-one patio seating option with a plush, luxurious the Resort Outdoor Furniture set or a seating arrangement from the Portofino Collection. A timeless style and quality construction make these sets beyond ideal for stargazing.  From couches and club chairs to sectionals and loungers, you can create a unique, customized seating set-up that fits all your wants and needs.

Don’t Skip the Snacks

What is stargazing without some yummy snacks on-hand? Spice things up a bit with some fun, star-special treats like meteorite Krispie treats, constellation cookies, solar system fruit kabobs, and full-moon sandwiches. Other go-to snacks include things like chips, granola bars, peanut M&M’s, Oreos, and crackers.

Add Fun Accessories

In order to truly create a serene place for fun star-gazing, you should incorporate some fun accessories to make your backyard unique. Some pieces to consider are:

  • Hammocks: What’s better than sitting in comfortable patio chairs and watching a meteor shower? Rocking in a plush hammock and watching a meteor shower. Plush, quilted hammock beds are supported by a cypress wood frame that just summons you to lay back and watch the stars unfold.
  • Fire tables: Fire tables are a must-have piece for fun evenings with friends and family. These pieces help to create a focal point for your backyard and can create a beautiful design element for your space.
  • Pillows: By incorporating decorative outdoor pillows in your patio set up, you’ll be adding a bit of flare to your space while also providing guests with a comfortable place to rest and enjoy mother nature.

Don’t Forget the Star-Gazing Staples

With comfortable seating options, fun accessories, and enough snacks to keep tummies happy, you’ll also need to make sure you have all the staples in order to create a successful night of stargazing. Make a checklist for the following options and keep it handy when you’re preparing for a night under the stars.

  • Telescope and accessories: If stargazing is something you and your family plan to enjoy for years down the road, consider investing in a high-quality telescope for stargazing and accessories like a dew shield, a Barlow lens, Moon filter, or nebula filter.
  • Binoculars: A decent set of binoculars is a great tool to have close at hand while star-gazing and can truly enhance the entire star-gazing experience.
  • Laser-pointer: As you know, it’s virtually impossible to successfully point to a particular star or constellation with your finger. Laser-pointers, on the other hand, make it easy to point out things for everyone to see.
  • Added comforts: Make sure you include items that will enhance the overall stargazing experience. Some staples include blankets, bug spray, music, hats and gloves, information on stargazing for beginners, and any other things that you think your guests might enjoy.

By following these helpful tips, you’ll be able to create a backyard oasis that’s perfect for enjoying star views with friends and family.  

 

 

Room Design Ideas That Give Your Home A Fresh Feel

 

Feng shui: the Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing your spatial arrangement and orientation to better the flow of positive energy.

You probably are familiar with this term. You may have even considered implementing feng shui in your home or have previously tried to use it in your room design ideas. Regardless, there is no denying that feng shui is an art that takes knowledge, practice, and skill to master.

Fortunately, there is a simple, easy way that you can start your path toward feng shui success: rearranging your furniture. Not only is rearranging furniture one of the most affordable, effective ways to give your home’s  interior a fresh, new look, but it’s also a chance to experiment with different living room layouts to find a design that works best for your wants and needs.  

The following five tips can better assist you in arranging furniture, and identifying details that can give your living room and other spaces a refreshed, spirited feel so you can master the art of feng shui.

1. Clear clutter

Before you can even start effectively rearranging your furniture, you’ll have to purge the clutter that’s causing disorder in your home. If your objective is to give your living room interior a quick facelift, go around the space and, with a critical eye, methodically get rid of everything you do not love. Though this process takes time and energy, it is a critical step if you really want to give your room a fresh, harmonized feel.

2. Make a floor plan

You don’t need to be a professional or know how to design a blueprint to draw up a floor plan. First, take inventory of each piece of furniture in your living room, making note of the size, color, and style. Not only will this help you identify which of your current items fit your design plan, but it will also help you decide which pieces of furniture no longer suit your wants and needs.

Second, keep a pocket-sized notebook with color swatches, furniture styles, and measurements with you as you shop for new items. Whether you’re looking for a new sofa or sectional to freshen up your space or a unique bookshelf for organization, having a detailed floor plan will better help you bring your room design ideas to life.

3. Switch it up

Switching up your normal, regular style is a quick and effective way to give your living room a fresh look. One particularly interesting approach is to put out-of-the-ordinary pieces behind your couch. Consider these five unconventional ideas:

  • Shelving: Both wall-mounted and freestanding shelves help to create a unique, dramatic look.
  • Nook: Create a little reading nook or breakfast nook behind your couch by adding a fun set of high-quality chairs and stylish coffee table.
  • Desk: Make the backside of your couch a workspace by adding a conventional desk, chair, and work lamp.
  • Storage: The sofa is a great resource for providing sleek storage.
  • Design: If you have the space and your floor plan allows, consider investing in a couch that has a unique back. Look for sofas with fun tassels, a bold print, or showstopping design.

4. Don’t be afraid of change

One of the biggest things that holds people back from rearranging furniture is the fear of change. However, by starting small—maybe with a sitting room, guest room, or office—you can see how a simple rearrangement adds flair to a space that was previously getting dull. You can also start by removing one or two pieces of furniture to test the possibilities. Remember, too, that no change has to be permanent. If you don’t like your new design, you can always try a different approach.

5. Have fun

Having fun and enjoying bringing new life to your space is one of the most important steps in rearranging furniture. Try different arrangements, change up your color scheme, and add fun decor or accessories to make your living room and your home a welcoming, enjoyable space that reflects your style and character.

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On the 4th of July, we celebrate freedom: the freedom we enjoy living in these United States of America, and the freedom to save money while we create our own American Dream.

Are you looking forward to a summer full of family, friends, and entertaining? We have what you need to whip your home into shape, both indoors and out, during our big 4th of July Savings Event.

Have you been hoping to create an intimate outdoor seating area, but just haven’t found the right pieces to fit your budget? Check out our Bloom and Knoxville collections for beautiful, durable furniture to create an outdoor space you’ll love.

Looking for an excuse to huddle up close with those you love? A fire pit is the perfect addition to your yard if you’re looking to extend your outdoor days into the night, with the added bonus of always having a means to make s’mores.

Patio umbrellas serve well to create more shade in your yard, covering your seating or dining area to make it usable no matter how hot the sun shines.

Is your outdoor area ready for a party, but your indoor spaces could use some work? Our Portofino Home and The Curated Room collections are full of lovely, comfortable, and contemporary pieces that will add character to any room in your home.

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Outdoor Entertaining Ideas For Your Backyard This Summer

 

Make the most of the warm weather by hosting a fun and memorable outdoor party. These seven outdoor party ideas will establish you as the king or queen of outdoor entertaining, and your parties will be remembered and talked about for years to come. Make sure to start planning well in advance to make your party an unforgettable experience for your guests.

Ice Cream Social

Kick off the summer season with an ice cream social block party! Start by planning the food, arranging for home-made ice cream, a buffet of self-serve toppings, and tasteful bowls and dishware appropriate for all ages. Make sure you have proper seating for your guests, and keep the ice cream cool by serving it and the toppings under a patio umbrella and/or in a cooler.

If you don’t already have an outdoor umbrella, it’s a smart backyard patio idea to purchase at the start of the summer, because the cooling shade and protection from the elements can extend the fun and preserve the food for your outdoor parties.

Tropical Luau

Bring out the tiki torches and flower leis for a taste of the tropics at this intimate party. Serve fruity cocktails in coconuts and set out your loungers for your guests, allowing them to relax in the sun as if they were on the beach. Plan fun beach-theme games, such as a limbo or hula contest, and serve luau-themed food, such as roasted pork and grilled pineapple.

After-dark Soiree

Hire a babysitter for this party, because the after-dark soiree is best kept for the adults. Outdoor seating around a fireplace or fire table can help set the mood for this elegant party. Send invitations requesting semi-formal attire for this event, and create stylish table settings and decor with an eclectic, exciting menu. Hang solar string lights for an energy-efficient yet attractive ambiance.

Red Carpet Movie Premiere

Go all out with a fun red carpet movie premier party. Invitations should include the dress code of “red carpet, dress-to-impress,” and you can even lay down an actual red carpet to lead your high-profile guests to the main event. A fun idea for this party is to create a photo backdrop like those at red-carpet events, and set up a camera for your guests to take pictures.

Set up a large movie screen and play a movie that will please a large group of people. Consider setting out hammocks and plenty of pillows for your guests to watch in comfort as they sit for the length of the movie.

All-American Party

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a classic BBQ bash for your neighbors, friends, and family. Choose traditional red, white, and blue for your decorations and dinnerware, and use patriotic flags and banners to accent your outdoor seating furniture, patio, and yard. Fireworks and sparklers will enthrall the children and, let’s be honest, even the adults. Serve traditional Fourth of July food, such as hot dogs, burgers, lemonade, and ice cream.

Summer Olympics Party

Bring out the competitive side of your friends and family with a summer Olympics party! Upon arrival, assign each person, or team of people, a country to represent. Prepare team uniforms in advance, or you could send invitations in advance with country assignments, instructing each person to wear a particular color. Purchase or make trophies and medals for each winner, and display them on an outdoor accent table to motivate the competitors.

Create a Home Away from Home with Your Guest Room Design

 

It’s easy to miss the comforts of home when traveling—particularly when accommodations are anything but comfortable. When you play host, take a moment to ensure your guests feel right at home by creating a warm and welcoming space. With a little extra effort in your guest room design, you can arrange a wonderful, cozy space for your friends, family, and other guests enjoy during their stay in your home.

 

The Bedroom

When it comes to the guest room, the bed can make or break the room. No amount of decorations or amenities can make up for uncomfortable sleeping accommodations. Of course, no two people are alike, and most guests will have their own preferences for bed firmness, temperature, and so on.

It’s best to pick a high-quality mattress which is neither particularly firm or soft. Instead, choose a medium-firm mattress (paired with a softer mattress topper guests can use if they’d like) which allows your guests the luxury of a choice between the two options.

Remember to cover the bed with high-thread-count sheets to maximize the comfort level. Cotton sheets paired with a cotton coverlet and a down duvet allow your guests to adjust according to their temperature preferences. It’s always a good idea to provide a couple of additional blankets in a basket or an easy, accessible drawer just in case they need some extra warmth.

Top it all off with an assortment of pillows (functional and decorative) to accommodate your guests and pull together the guest bedroom design. Some of your guests will like flat, firm pillows, and others will prefer soft, fluffy pillows.

 

Bookshelves

Provide your guest with a selection of books for them to check out to help them unwind before bed or to enjoy whiling relaxing during the morning or afternoon. As you build your guest library, try to feature a wide variety of books and authors to match your guests’ varied interests.

Even if your collection isn’t especially large, bookshelves are a great way to tie a room together with pictures and decor adorning the shelves. Our modern wall bookshelves provide a stylish way to house your book collection, decor, or whatever else you’d like to display.

 

Sitting Area

A guest bedroom should be more than a bed, nightstand, and alarm clock. Ideally, your guests will be able to use the room as their own private home away from home and will enjoy the option of some alone time beyond sleeping hours.

A proper sitting area will allow your guests to rest and relax somewhere other than the bed. Pick a high-quality arm chair such as the Astra Arm Chair or the Victoria Wingback to create a relaxing space for your guests to read, respond to their emails, or simply rest throughout the day.

Consider investing in a side or accent table to go in the sitting area for added convenience. To avoid water stains from cups, either provide coasters or choose a table with a glass top.

 

Lighting

Proper lighting can enhance or ruin your guest bedroom design. If your guest room is an area where natural light can come in, you might consider hanging blackout curtains over the windows in guest rooms. This could be especially helpful if the room faces a busy street or the rising sun. During the day, your guests can let in as much light as they’d like. At night, they can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep without interruption from an early sunrise.

In your own home, you might be able to walk around with your eyes closed without running into anything. Your guests will not likely share that level of familiarity with your home. Guest rooms can benefit from sconces or lamps near the bed so your visitors won’t have to fumble around a dark room after shutting off a light. Localized lighting is also often less harsh than overhead lighting.

Be sure to also check out our outdoor furniture collections to create a relaxing outdoor space to relax and entertain guests while they are staying at your home.

Cool Room Ideas: Freshen Up that Stale Room In Your Home

 

Science has repeatedly shown that keeping your home clean is beneficial to your health in many ways: you sleep better, you feel happier, you’re more likely to exercise, and it boosts your feeling of accomplishment.

But for some of us, the thought of keeping our home clean evokes long-buried feelings of resentment and rebellion surrounding undesirable chores of childhood. “Clean your room before you go outside!” – Bring back any memories? So how can you make the thought of keeping your home tidy more appealing?

The answer: make it a space you love! It’s time for a home makeover. If you love how it looks when it’s put together, you’ll be more motivated to keep it that way. So here are some easy ways to update your home and turn your rooms into a place you’ll want to entertain.

Add Some Color

Keep your walls and larger furniture pieces in neutral, nondescript colors and include pops of color to make the room stand out. This also makes it easy to swap out whatever color you pick for some new hues if you get bored with it. Choose a couple of colors you love and show them off in vibrant accent pieces, artwork, throw pillows, and blankets. If you need help deciding on which colors to use, take a hint from your wardrobe.

You will probably see a trend in the colors you tend to gravitate towards and wear the most – it’s what you feel the most comfortable in. So, dress your room in the same way. If you feel your best in deep jewel tones, feature some artwork with bold plum or emerald. If you feel your best in bright, spring-time hues, look for citrusy throw pillows and decorative accents.

Set the Tone with Accent Pillows and Window Treatments

They’ve been mentioned above, but the versatility of accent pillows can’t be overstated – especially in the bedroom where the bed draws the most attention. They let you quickly change the personality and overall feel of your bedroom by adding volume to your bed, variations in texture, and pops of color.

Window treatments also play into this because of their large size, and because they are framing a light source they naturally draw the eye. Incorporate them into the color scheme that you’ve chosen from your room. Go with gauzy, flowy curtains for a light, airy feel. Use patterned curtains for an informal look, and blinds if modern is more your style.

Incorporate Personalized Artwork

Your home is a personal spot – which makes it ideal for displaying personal photos. Surround yourself with images of people and pets you love. Determine a hanging layout by tracing the frames you intend to use onto paper, cutting out the shapes, and arranging them in different ways until you find one that works. You can also look up common gallery wall configurations online.

Move Things Around

This is quite effective for making your room feel like a whole new place, and the best part is that rearranging furniture costs nothing but can give your large or small design space a different feel. For a funky new arrangement, try angling your furniture from a corner instead of the typical wall placement.

Mix Up the Textures

Sight isn’t the only sense that plays into a feeling of comfort – touch is important too. It’s an easy fix also – swap out a furry accent pillow from winter for a linen one when the weather warms up. Consider your tastes and the style you want to convey when choosing textures. If your bedroom has a modern feel, look for smooth, crisp lines like leather and stainless steel. If it’s more of a romantic vibe, consider velvet or furred throw pillows, embroidery, and lace.

5 Tips to Help You Create the Perfect Space Around Your Pool or Spa

 

Choosing the layout and design for your backyard should not be taken lightly, especially when you have an intended purpose for the space. Whether you’re looking to create a space that is simply usable, one that’s party-ready, or one that’s aesthetically pleasing (or perhaps one that fits all of these requirements), these 5 backyard design tips will help you create the outdoor space you’ve always wanted.

 

1. Incorporate a Dining Area

No backyard design is complete without an area for eating. Whether you are looking for small backyard ideas, such as a bistro set, or something larger to accommodate all of your friends, a table and chair set is a must. Choose something comfortable people will be fine sitting around for the recommended 30 minutes before re-entering the pool.  

 

2. Have a Place to Lounge

When you have a built-in pool, you really must have a place for people to lounge poolside, whether it’s a set of chaise loungers or a comfortable set of chairs. Having chairs around your pool gives your kids a place to lay their towels to dry while they swim, and you a place to sit while you watch them. Choose something neutral to maintain a natural outdoor feel, or use a more beige seating area as an opportunity to add an extra punch of color to your yard.

 

3. Add a Fire Pit

Fire pits are a welcome addition to any backyard when you want to keep the party going long after the sun goes down. Whether you desire to use your outdoor patio as a place for making s’mores, or are hoping to add an artistic element to your garden landscaping, adding a fire pit will give that extra bit of warmth, lighting, and ambiance you need to extend your backyard’s usability even after summer’s over.

 

4. Keep It Zen

If your backyard pool ideas include turning your space into an outdoor oasis, keeping things Zen is a must. Choose neutral colors and modern seating designs to create a calm and soothing atmosphere. Shoot for a minimalist design with natural design elements like flowering plants and pebbled pathways.

 

5. Make It Party-Friendly

Having a pool means your house will inevitably become the go-to party house, so why not embrace that idea? Make sure you have ample seating to accommodate guests, create seating areas where friends and family can mingle, and choose furniture pieces that are both comfortable and welcoming. When the layout is playful and provides ample opportunities to sit, relax, and enjoy conversation, your guests will inevitably stick around for the entire party.

 

Make Your Backyard Fun!

Each of these 5 pool patio ideas, alone or together, will help you create a backyard that not only revolves around your pool or spa, but is ready for quiet nights sitting by the fire pit, or parties with friends and family. With the right furniture and design, you can achieve the yard you’re hoping for.

10 Ways to Upgrade Your Living Room

Is your living room a combination of mended pieces passed down from your parents or leftovers from your college days? If so, it may be time to reconsider a makeover. Kick that hand-me-down, brown and orange floral print couch to the curb and re-design your perfect living space to match your trendy, adult tastes with these living room ideas.

 

1. Identify Purpose

Identify the purpose of your living room space. Do you intend to host multiple guests? Additional comfortable seating is a must. Do the kids mostly use this area? Choose furniture pieces that are safe and sturdy. Deciding how you want to use this space will help you make specific transformations to fit the needs of your family.

 

2. Lighten Up

Remove dark paneling, paint, and trim to lighten and open up the room. Darkness can cause your living room to seem small and dingy. Painting over dark surfaces or removing dark fixtures not only make your room seem bigger, but can create an airy freshness to the environment.

 

3. Organize Seating

Draw seating closer together to make the room warmer. For small living room ideas, ditch the bulky loveseat and choose an L-shaped couch for ample seating. Add a streamlined accent chair and lightweight coffee table to increase functionality while using minimal floor space.

 

4. Update

Updating decor and furniture can be a great way to transform your living space. Select some modern furniture and pair it with funky fixtures for a more urban look. Tear down or replace old wallpaper with a more contemporary patterned wallpaper. Coffered ceiling treatments can offer a blend of old sophistication and modern design. Make old sofas look brand new with fresh linen covers.

 

5. Pair Colors

The quickest way to revamp your living room is with a splash of color. Experiment with color palettes that bring in a mix of shades that can be paired with your furniture and accessories. Deep wall colors can be accented with lighter solids and bright patterns. Can’t paint? Keep your walls tepid and spice up the room with daring furniture color choices.

 

6. Embrace Art

Spruce up your walls with interesting art. Turn simple things like game boards and old maps into works of art when framing them on your wall. Make your own art by turning a wall in your home into a chalkboard or dry-erase board for guests to contribute to your design.

 

7. Add Statement Pieces

Make a focal wall with reclaimed wood for a rugged, trendy look. Don’t overload bookcases; use them to display various statement pieces. Installing vintage fixtures like Edison lighting can create a hip, industrial type feeling to your living room.

 

8. Accessorize

Accessorize with stylish and frugal home decor ideas like refurbishing antiques or sprucing up dollar store finds. Cover naked windows with treatments and curtains containing bold patterns. Decorative mirrors do double duty by being beautiful art pieces while making small spaces look larger. Add funky throws and pillows to bland couches to maximize style without sacrificing comfort.

 

9. Don’t Forget Floors

Save money and add charm by refinishing hardwood floors. Replace tattered and stained carpet with an alternative flooring like bamboo, concrete, cork, or wood-look tile to create a clean surface. Moroccan Berber rugs and rugs with geometric designs can add a lot of depth to your living room area.

 

10. Go Techy

A modern transformation is not complete without technology upgrades. Improve your living room’s look and efficiency with smart solutions like remote control shades, intelligent thermostats, and app-controlled lighting and appliances. Improve air quality and grow your own herbs with a Smartpot.

Donate your old dorm furniture to a new college student, and redo your living room with stylish pieces for an updated trendy look.

Backyard Movie Night: How To Create Your Ultimate Outdoor Space

 

There is something magical about sitting under the stars to watch a movie together as a family. And setting up an outdoor movie screen is easier than you might think! You don’t need a lot to create a great setup. With a few supplies, most of which you already have on hand, you’ll be ready to host a movie night in your own backyard.

You’ll need:

  • King- or queen-sized white sheets
  • Projector
  • Speakers
  • Clothespins
  • Comfortable outdoor patio furniture (maybe even a fire table)
  • Pillows and blankets (some you wouldn’t mind if they got a little dirty)

A simple white sheet works beautifully as a movie screen, and you can double them up for better picture quality. If you have a clothesline, simply drape the sheets over it, secure them with some clothespins, and anchor the bottom with bricks or rocks to hold it in place in case of a breeze. If you don’t have a clothesline, string some rope between two trees, or deck posts, or something else have on hand. You might want to iron the sheets first to get rid of any creases.

There are more higher-quality outdoor screen ideas you can look into, but sheets are easy to store, you probably already have them on hand, and the picture is still decent.

The projector will be one of your bigger investments if you don’t already have one, but you can usually snag one for under $200. As for sound, some external computer speakers will usually do the job just fine. Set it all up on a tripod, or perhaps a sturdy nightstand if you don’t have one, and you’re good to go.

If you need ideas for the best outdoor movies, here’s a list of some great classics like The Goonies, to Ghostbusters, to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Don’t forget comfy seating

Keep things cozy by arranging your patio furniture around the movie screen. If you’re in the market for some patio furniture, an outdoor movie night is a perfect opportunity to showcase your new additions. People often think only of price, but there are many different aspects to consider when you’re looking for outdoor furniture, such as the size and shape of your yard, the climate where you live, and how much use it will see. You also want to be sure to stock up on some comfy and durable cushions for the furniture you land on.

For kids or just extra seating in general, throw some blankets and pillows on the ground in front of the patio furniture.

Add some sparkle

Are you hosting a party and want to snaz it up a bit? Consider hanging twinkle lights from trees, bushes, and porch/patio railings. They are great for turning an ordinary space into a fun, enchanting atmosphere. If kids are involved, you could set up a snack stand. Make the sign with a small decorative chalkboard, and set out bowls of candy, popcorn, and other typical movie treats. For drinks, an outdoor flower box is a fun idea for holding soda pop and water bottles. Retro soda (in the glass bottles) and paper straws are always fun.

Now sit back and enjoy the show!

Know When to Fold Up Those Patio Chairs & Choose A More Modern Outdoor Furniture Set

Spring cleaning means prepping your outdoor space for entertaining which can entail a thorough analysis of your current outdoor furniture. Will your current patio set last another scorching season with a little TLC and DIY, or is it time to upgrade to more modern outdoor furniture? Check out these tips to determine whether some repairs will do the trick or if it is time to purchase new patio furniture.

Normal Wear and Tear

Even the best outdoor furniture is bound to show signs of normal wear and tear from being exposed to the harsh elements and frequent use. Instances of average aging and deterioration can often be repaired with a little elbow grease which is both budget-friendly and helps your furniture withstand another summer. Some common wear and tear includes:

  • Dirt & Debris. It is common for dirt and leaves to accumulate on furniture while exposed. A quick sweep with a soft-bristled brush or a good vacuum can eliminate debris.
  • Stains. Water, mud, and even food spills can leave ugly stains on patio chair cushions. Use a detergent, dishwashing liquid solution, or even invest in an outdoor furniture cleaner to gently scrub out stains and pat dry. Avoid harsh chemicals and consult the manufacturer’s care labels before cleaning.
  • Mold. Fabrics can accumulate mold, especially in very moist climates. Always wear gloves to sand or scrub out the mold and dispose of used supplies.
  • Chipping Paint. No need to throw out furniture losing its color, make it brand new furniture with a coat of spray paint. If you’re tired of the furniture or if it’s outdated, now is the time to invest in a more modern outdoor furniture set which is certain to enhance and revitalize your outdoor space.
  • Faded and Torn Fabric. Solar rays can fade fabric and years of breakdown can lead to holes and tears. Reupholstering old chairs with new fabric is made simple with new fabric and a staple gun.  

Taking care to preserve and protect your furniture every year will prevent initial damage and expand the life of your furniture.

When it is Time to Replace

Though the internet offers a plethora of videos and solutions for fixing damaged furniture, sometimes it is beyond repair. Some aspects to be aware of:

  • Safety Hazards. When broken mechanisms, sharp metal edges, and splinter-laden areas are too much to repair, it is time to ditch the furniture. Safety should be a priority for you, your family, and your guests.
  • Quality.  Cheap sets from big-box stores that need repairing, which happens often due to their mediocre quality, may not be worth the time and effort the repairs required.
  • Cost of Repairs. When the cost of restoring your patio set costs close to or more than a new set, it is time to let it go and invest in a new set.

Best Time to Purchase Patio Furniture

When it comes time to upgrade worn out furniture, now is the time to update your furniture. Create an outdoor space which is inviting and fun, space where you want to hang out and entertain guests in.

Remember whether you’re looking to start designing your outdoor space or just wanting to upgrade your patio, investing in quality materials and taking measures to protect your furniture from the elements can help your set avoid damage and last longer.