What to Look for When Choosing Outdoor Patio Furniture

27 January, 2017

When you’re ready to decorate your patio and make your outdoor space more comfortable, there’s a lot to consider. Here are 12 tips for purchasing the outdoor patio furniture that will tie it all together!

1. Price Range

Before you begin your search for outdoor patio furniture in earnest, you need to know your budget. Figure out how much you can spend before you start looking to prevent frustration and disappointment when you find something you love that you just can’t afford.

2. Function and Purpose

Are you hoping to create a dining space? A place to relax with friends? A yard for entertaining? Make sure you know what you want to create so you look for pieces that fit your needs.

3. Size and Shape of Yard

Evaluating the size and shape of your yard is important to make sure you don’t buy pieces that are too big for a small space, or that won’t fit properly in your awkwardly shaped yard.

4. Number of Different Spaces

Is your yard large or broken up? Consider the number of different spaces you need to decorate so you purchase furniture with purpose.

5. Comfort

Are you looking for a couch to spend hours lounging on, or mostly a place to rest pool towels? If comfort is your top priority, get plenty of cushions or consider an outdoor sofa or sectional that is designed for extended lounging and entertaining friends.

6. Style and Design

Do you prefer something bright and colorful or neutral to fill your space? Don’t buy something because someone else loves it—buy pieces that you’ll love and enjoy for years to come.

7. Weather

Is your climate cold and snowy or perpetually warm? If you intend to leave your furniture out year-round, you’ll want something that can withstand the elements.

8. Quality and Durability

Make sure you purchase something to fit your needs. Do you have pets or a bunch of little kids? Buy furniture that can withstand whatever you and your clan put it through.

9. Seasons of Use

Make sure you purchase pieces that are practical for your home and functional for any season you intend to use them. Would it be best to have specific pieces just for use in winter or summer? Determine your needs and buy what works best.

10. Storage

If you don’t intend to leave your furniture out year-round, make sure you have a place to store it. Don’t underestimate how large your pieces are or overestimate your space.

11. How Much Use

Are you looking for pieces that will last just a few seasons, or something that will last the next decade? The higher the quality, the more the cost. But depending on your needs, it might be worth the investment to seek out the highest quality.

12. Accents and Accessories

To make your outdoor furniture spaces just as comfortable and welcoming as your interior spaces, consider purchasing a rug, decorative pillows, and other decorative accents.

Go Buy Some Furniture

Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to get out there and buy the best outdoor furniture for your home.