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Strategies For Outdoor Patio Maintenance & Safety

Quality outdoor furniture can turn a backyard into a gathering place no matter whether you want to dine, play games, or simply relax. Use the following strategies to make sure your patio stays safe.

Install and Maintain Safety Rails

Safety first. You don’t want a calm evening of family or friends enjoying each other’s company on your outdoor patio sofa or eating on an outdoor patio dining set to be interrupted by accident or injury. Your deck, particularly near the stairs, should be lined with the proper safety rails to prevent perfectly avoidable accidents from occurring.

When installing your deck, check with local building codes to ensure your railing meets the requirements. Requirements may vary between residential and commercial properties as well. Railing will help keep children, pets, and even adults safe while enjoying their time on your patio.

Of course, you can’t simply install adequate railing and ignore it for the rest of your life. Regularly inspect the railing for any signs of deterioration. Once in awhile, push lightly on the railing around the deck to make sure it is still steady.

Use Proper Lighting

Outdoor lighting is an essential part of patio safety. Without proper lighting, it’s too easy for someone to trip, slip, or fall—especially around stairs. It’s also difficult to enjoy a night with friends gathered on outdoor deep seating when it’s too dark to see everyone’s faces.

First, make sure your lighting of choice is approved for outdoor use. Not all lighting fixtures can stand up to the elements of the great outdoors. Rain, wind, snow, and even long-term exposure to the sun can wreak havoc on the bulbs, wiring, and electric system of light fixtures that are not prepared to face the rigors of outdoor use.

Next, you’ll need to decide on the placement of the lighting. Ideally, you should have lights both close to the house and throughout your yard to maximize visibility. Fortunately, there are plenty of outdoor light fixtures to choose from such as sconces, string lights, lamps, etc. If you choose to include ground lighting, avoid placing lights in grassy areas, as it’s easy to damage both the wiring and the fixtures while mowing. Don’t forget to childproof all wiring and outlets.

Perform Regular Cleaning

If you want to enjoy your quality lounger and table set for years to come, you’ll need to dedicate time and resources to regular cleaning and maintenance.

Simple, daily cleaning can include sweeping, wiping up spills, etc. Don’t allow leaves or other organic debris to pile up as that can attract insects and lead to infestations and rot.

As needed, mop the deck as well. However, before you start power cleaning your deck, it’s important to make sure the tools and/or chemicals you use are safe for your patio.

Choose Safe Outdoor Patio Furniture Placement

Believe it or not, the placement of your quality outdoor furniture can have a significant impact on safety, especially if you have a lot of children around.

Outdoor furniture should not be placed near the edges of the patio. It’s too easy to lean back too far or scoot a chair out too quickly. Additionally, small children and pets can climb on the furniture and over the railways if the furniture is placed too close to an edge.

Inspect for Rot, Rust, and Other Issues

Even the best cared for deck can develop rot or rust over time, which is why inspections should be a regular part of your patio maintenance plan.

It’s important to understand what you’re looking for during these inspections. Look for the following signs of potential problems:

    • Sawdust or small holes, as this can be a sign of an insect infestation.
    • Loose, warped, cracked, discolored, or soft wood. This can be a sign of water damage or rot.
    • Discoloration around screws, fasteners, other metal. This can be a sign of rust and/or corrosion.

Outdoor patios can be a great addition to your home and your backyard. It can give people a space to gather around at parties and social events you hold in your home. However, like we discussed above, it’s important you regularly inspect your deck for maintenance and arrange furniture in a way that will help facilitate safety.

5 Ways to Incorporate Spring In Your Patio Decor

Don’t let the long months of winter get you down, Spring is right around the corner. With these five patio decorating ideas, you can spiff up your personal outside space and have it ready and waiting for the first warm day that comes along.

1. Clean or Refinish the Surfaces

No one wants to hang out on a dirty porch or patio. Giving your door, walls, and floor (making sure to get all the corners) a good spray-down with soapy water is usually enough to get your space ready for redecoration.

If you want to add a better backdrop, there are plenty of ways to enliven the area and make it easier on your feet:

    • Paint your door a welcoming color such as poppy or robin’s egg blue
    • Seal or paint your concrete with a high-gloss finish
    • Lay down slate tile
    • Install wood planks
    • Throw down an outdoor rug
    • Use high-grade turf

2. Add Soon-to-Bloom Plants

Nothing says spring more than early blooms. Place some woven planters around your patio, and consider arranging some on top of outdoor accent tables, to add more color and cheer from live plants. Tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths are incredible and will never go out of style. If you want to experiment with some less-expected varieties, why not give winter aconite, double rock rose, or puschkinia a try?

For an easy way to show off your flowers, all you need to do is grab whatever variety that catches your eye (when it looks like the buds are about to burst open). Just slip the plastic container they come in into a colorful pot.

If you want to go the extra mile and have a show-stopping container, remove the flowers from the original plastic pot and plant them into your own larger pot. You can even plant a few varieties together. Then fill up any pockets with container soil, arrange moss on top of the soil, and water thoroughly. Place in a sunny spot on your porch or patio.   

3. Refresh Your Patio Decor

Sometimes all you need are some fresh patio decorating ideas to get the ball rolling. Patio decor styles run the gamut. From tropical to desert and urban to country, there is a look for every personality. Add the following for an almost-instant update:

  • Outdoor pillows to brighten a dull corner
  • A water feature or wind chimes to create a serene scene
  • A hanging clock or thermometer to add visual interest
  • Updated lighting that will complete your look

Remember, it’s the details that truly make an outdoor space feel like an extension of your home.

4. Buy New Porch Furniture

There are times when a completely new set of outdoor porch furniture is exactly what you need. A outdoor dining table set that will seat an intimate gathering of friends or family is a must for those warmer nights that are begging you to dine al fresco. If the weather is still a little too cool for that, an outdoor fire table surrounded by comfy chairs extends the outdoor season by keeping everyone nice and cozy. If lounging in the spring sun is more your style, a couple of outdoor chaise lounges will do quite nicely.

5. Adopt an All-Weather Use Policy

Even if the weather isn’t sunny and warmer yet, don’t let that stop you from enjoying the great outdoors. Crisp, cool weather can actually be good for you. It’ll wake you up and give you a chance to catch some much-needed Vitamin D, even when the sky is overcast.

All you need to do is bundle up a bit, take a blanket and a warm drink with you, and unwind for a few minutes. A comfortable patio hammock is a perfect place for this mini-break. You’ll return back inside happy to have experienced a bit of revitalized relaxation.

Use the tips above to start thinking about ways to decorate your outdoor patio. If you break it down into smaller tasks you will realize you can accomplish it in no time. Here’s to a lovely, warm welcome to Spring on your newly decorated porch or patio.

DIY Backyard Design Ideas: Tips For Lighting Your Space

We’ve all seen those outdoor spaces that take our breath away. A truly beautiful backyard with attractive outdoor patio furniture is what takes a nice house to the next level, making it a destination for friends and family to gather and make memories all year long.

However, it can be tricky to know what goes into making the perfect backyard if you’ve never done your own landscaping. If your yard is lacking a homey, inviting feel, we have some tips on how to transform your space with the help of backyard lights.

1. Patio String Lights

Most people would agree that there’s nothing better than dining al fresco on a warm summer night. If you want to bring the high-end restaurant feel to your space, the first thing to do is add patio string lights to your yard. Patio string lights come in a variety of styles and price points. They’re sure to wow your guests, making them the first on our list of backyard design ideas.

2. Outdoor Fireplace

A fireplace is a great way to immediately change the ambiance of your backyard. We love the idea of tabletop fire pits which provide a more modern, sophisticated fire feature.

3. Space Heaters

In most parts of the country, backyard activities are a seasonal affair. But if you’d like to extend the season a bit, space heaters are a great way to do it. Space heaters add a soft light glow and will keep your friends and family warm in the early spring and late fall. With a few strategically-placed space heaters, sitting around your patio on your comfortable, high-quality outdoor furniture can be something you enjoy year-round.

4. Light Pole Stands

If you don’t have an overhang or gazebo to string lights on, light pole stands are a great way to achieve the same effect. These stands can be installed for permanent placement or put up for special occasions, making them a great, versatile option for any home.

5. Illuminate Pathways

One of the most important outdoor design ideas is understanding the powerful effect of illuminating pathways in your yard. Using simple tea lights or other forms of lighting is a great way to draw people into different parts of the yard and highlight the dynamic elements of your landscaping.

6. Tree Spotlights

Trees are a gorgeous way to add dimension and a secluded feel to your backyard, so make sure they don’t disappear when the sun goes down. Tree spotlights can be used in bold or softer styles to draw attention to your greenery.

7. Water Feature Lights

Lighting waterfalls, pools, ponds, and streams is a great way to bring a peaceful, calming vibe to your backyard. Water lights are a chance to get creative with different colors and light patterns as well.

8. Mounting Lights For Plants

Even if you don’t have massive trees in your yard, you can illuminate your smaller shrubs and vines for a similar effect. Mounting lights are a natural choice for drawing the eye toward your landscape.

9. Artisan Hanging Lights

Make a statement to your gazebo or pergola design with some creative ideas. Artisan hanging lights are a great way to make a statement to your outdoor patio and gazebo. You can also string classic Chinese lanterns along your yard to add magic to your outdoor space.

10. Led Lights

LED lights don’t provide a huge amount of illumination, but they’re a popular trend for those wanting a subtle, modern lighting effect in their backyard.

By taking a few of these DIY backyard design ideas into account, you’ll be roasting marshmallows on an outdoor fire table, wining and dining with friends, and thoroughly enjoying yourself in your backyard before you know it.

Garden Landscaping & Yard Care [Spring Edition]

Spring is almost here! That means it’s time to start working on your garden landscaping so when warmer weather hits, your yard will be ready. Here’s what you can do (all in one weekend) to finish your spring clean up and get a lovely space you can enjoy during this beautiful season.

Do a Good Yard Clean Up

As any good gardener will tell you, yard maintenance is the most important thing to do each year. Without a good clean up, nothing else in your yard will look good. Start by raking up all the dead foliage and trash that has settled underneath your trees and bushes, under your deck, and down in your window wells. This will prevent rot from taking hold and insects and pests from nesting.

Hose down the side of your house, your fence, and all the hardscaped surfaces. You’ll be surprised how much dirt has accumulated. If needed, touch up or repaint your door and railings so they look new again. Clean your windows, repair your screens as well as stabilize any loose paving stones around your home.

Prune, Fertilize, Prevent Weeds, and Mulch

When it comes to taking care of the living parts of your garden, a little spring prep work will go a long way in giving you beautiful rewards throughout the rest of the year.

  • Prune plants in late winter or early spring while they are still dormant. This allows cuts to heal with less stress and gives a boost of growth.
  • Fertilize your grass and trees lightly at first (to prevent chemical overuse and runoff). If you don’t like the results, you can apply more.
  • Prevent weeds that have been waiting all winter long from getting out of hand. If you’re planting a flower or vegetable bed, don’t plant right after working the soil because weed seeds will just have been turned up. Instead, let the weeds germinate and grow a bit before killing them with an herbicide.
  • Mulch that is old should be stripped away and discarded. Add a new one-inch thick layer of quality mulch for a fresh look that won’t prevent roots from getting the water they need.

Plant or Pot Fresh Flowers

Perhaps the most rewarding part of having a spring garden is the look and smell of flowering blossoms that come in every shape and size and in all the colors of the rainbow. If you didn’t get a chance to plant spring-blooming bulbs in the fall, that’s okay! Picking up some potted plants at the nursery or grocery store is just as good.

A convenient way to have some visible foliage is to place outdoor planters around your patio and yard, but here are some other creative placement ideas to consider as well:

  • Create a living wall
  • Hang baskets from your porch ceiling and the rails
  • Use window boxes
  • Plant in a unique container such as a bird bath metal bucket

Replace Old and Worn Patio Furniture

Now that you’ve made your yard beautiful, it’s time to enjoy it by relaxing on some comfortable patio furniture. However, old, worn out, or uncomfortable just won’t cut it. If that’s what you’re dealing with, do yourself a favor and buy a matching set of high-quality pieces.

An ottoman set is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy your garden view. Outdoor dining sets are a great spot for gathering friends and family together for a delicious outdoor lunch. Come evening, chat beside a fire table to keep the good company around a little longer.   

With longer, warmer days coming, take advantage of your space. Make your garden landscaping a priority, and you’ll enjoy the peace and joy it brings throughout every season.

DIY Backyard Patio Ideas for a Romantic Evening

While a blanket on the grass can be a charming date idea, it’s nowhere near as romantic as your patio space could be. Take full advantage of the warm summer nights to come with our design tips on how to create a romantic patio space.

1. Outdoor Furniture

The first and most important step to creating a romantic patio space is selecting the best outdoor furniture for a relaxing and lavish evening. Keep the lounge chairs poolside and opt for something that sets the mood to be a bit more formal.

When it comes to selecting outdoor patio furniture for a romantic evening, choose furniture that is big, soft, and sprinkled with decorative pillows. Incorporate an outdoor sectional or padded ottomans to enhance your outdoor patio space.

2. Romantic Lighting

When it comes to having a nice evening, the lighting can really make it or break it. There are many patio decorating ideas out there, and it’s important to remember to take your lighting into consideration as well. You want to have the correct amount of lighting to set the perfect mood for the evening.

We love the idea of creating a starry canopy of string lights over the patio and it’s a great solution for the ultimate romantic who lives beneath hazy city skies. However, if that’s more work than you care to take on, there are endless options for you to gently light your outdoor paradise.

3. Insect Repellant

As you and your sweetheart settle in for a romantic night, the last thing you want to be concerned with is the obnoxious disturbance of date-ruining insects. Use one or more of the following tips to rid your backyard patio of unwanted guests:

  • Plant bug-repelling flowers and herbs around your patio, such as Marigolds, Calendula, Mint, and more.
  • Light citrus candles or add citronella Tiki-Torches
  • Spray the area with alcohol-based mouthwash or an even mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

4. Light & Easy Food

Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner or a delectable dessert, don’t forget to take into account how your food of choice will affect your evening. We suggest you keep it small, light, easy, and clean. A dipping tray of bite-sized fruits and melted chocolate is a terrific way to add a touch of playful romance to your date without leaving you feeling overly full. There are many ways you can easily create your own menu, just take into consideration what you both like to eat and do some research for fun ideas.

5. A Fire Feature

You can add the perfect ambiance to your backyard paradise with a permanent fire fixture. It can’t be denied that the glow and warmth of a fire brings to the evening a whole new level of romance that nothing else can, but what about all the other benefits? A stunning fire table is the perfect addition to any backyard; it serves as a lovely focal point, keeps the bugs away, is a natural light source, and can be used to prepare food and desserts.

Now that we’ve discussed DIY small patio ideas and creating a romantic outdoor patio space, you can add your own special touch to the evening with some DIY backyard patio ideas. Sprinkle your cushioned furniture with rose petals, string paper hearts from your canopy of twinkling lights, and make some heart-shaped treats. Whatever the occasion may be, the right furniture, lighting, and fire options are great additions to help you create the perfect outdoor patio space.

Top Cyber Monday Luxury Furniture Deals

White outdoor sofa set

Have you been putting off buying furniture for your backyard until you find the perfect piece? Is it time to refresh your living room with a new sofa or sectional? Have you been looking for the right chair to complete a room? Now is the perfect time to shop for new, luxury furniture with RST Brands’ Cyber Monday furniture sales.

Top Cyber Monday Deals

Don’t miss out on these great deals. The more you spend on Cyber Monday, the more money you’ll save. The sale takes place from 6 PM MST on 11/26/17 through 11/29/17.

  • Spend $0-$999 and save 15%.
  • Spend $1000-$1499 and save 25%.
  • Spend $1500 or more and save 35%.

To apply the discount, enter the code cyberfun17 when you check out.


Cyber Monday Furniture Sales

Take advantage of our luxury furniture sale. We’re offering great prices on beautiful pieces of furniture for both indoor and outdoor use. Browse our website to find pieces you’ll love for your home.

Outdoor Furniture

No backyard is complete without a set of beautiful outdoor furniture. No matter whether you’re looking for a peaceful oasis to think or read outside or a gathering place to hold parties with your friends and family, you can find the perfect outdoor furniture set at RST Brands.

Choose between high-quality outdoor sofas & sectionals, loungers, hammocks, or outdoor dining sets. Our outdoor furniture comes in a variety of colors and is made with outdoor-safe materials.

Living Room Furniture

Your furniture is an essential element of making your house a home. At RST Brands we offer a great mix of sofas and sectionals to meet the needs of your living room. We offer several different styles and colors to match the size, design, and decor of your space.

Our top Cyber Monday deals apply sitewide. Don’t forget to check out our beautiful selection of chairs and ottomans. All of our furniture is made with top-quality materials in order to provide you with long-lasting pieces you’ll love.

The Best Black Friday Furniture Sales

Orange outdoor seating and dining set

Don’t miss the top Black Friday deals on RST Brands furniture. From 11/22/17 at 6 PM MST to 11/26/17 6 PM MST, we’ll be offering significant discounts on our luxury furniture sitewide. This year, the more money you spend, the more money you’ll save starting with 15% off your entire purchase.

  • Save 15% on orders from $0-$999
  • Save 25% on orders from $1,000-$2,499
  • Save 35% on orders of $2,500 or more

Use the promotion code fridayb17 to apply the savings. Don’t forget to share the code with your friends and family.


RST Brand Luxury Furniture for Sale


The Curated Room

The Curated Room collection solves the struggle of trying to piece together a cohesive atmosphere or look. You don’t have to wonder if this chair matches that table and that couch. Put simply, the RST Brand curated room take the stress out of redecorating with classic pieces perfectly matched together.

Outdoor Dining Furniture

The right outdoor furniture set can change your backyard from a plot of land into a gathering place. However, not all outdoor furniture is created equal. Our outdoor dining sets elevate a backyard space with high-quality design and style. We offer several options that can accommodate both small, intimate groups as well as larger gatherings.

Coffee Tables

RST Brands offers a collection of unique and stylish coffee and side tables that match a variety of designs and tastes. Each piece is made with top-quality materials to ensure a long life. We provide several different sizes, shapes, functions, and styles to accommodate our customers’ preferences.

Don’t miss out on these luxury furniture Black Friday deals. Use the limited-time promo code fridayb17 to save money from 11/22/17-11/26/17.

Creating a Cozy Patio for Fall Weather

Saying goodbye to warmer temperatures doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your patio. There are lots of ways you can still put your backyard to good use when the air gets cooler. In fact, fall weather is great for entertaining outside! Here are some ideas for prepping your patio for autumn.

1. Make it welcoming.

One of the primary functions of a patio is to extend the comfort of the indoors to the outdoors. There are several ways to do this, but one of the easiest is to make sure you have comfortable seating. An outdoor sectional can go a long way in terms of comfort and durability. Set up some small outdoor tables to have a surface to set down drinks or plates, and pair them with an outdoor rug to add some color and create a soft barrier between your bare feet and the cold cement. A rug keeps the aesthetic warm and inviting, and is an easy way to cozy up the space. You could also consider setting up some screen or bamboo walls to give the area a bit more structure and to help block cold drafts.

2. Stay warm outside.

It doesn’t get much cozier than cuddling in blankets around a crackling fire. With the crispness to the air and the earlier nightfall, a fire table makes the perfect centerpiece for your outdoor fun. Host a smore-making night where you and your guests sit around the fire, roast marshmallows, chat, and warm your hands with mugs of hot cider.

In addition, you may want to look into outdoor space heaters for those extra chilly nights when the fire by itself isn’t sufficient. Put some blankets in a basket where they’re easy to grab for extra warmth.

Another option is to build a roof of some kind over your patio. It’s an investment, but it’s one your family can enjoy throughout the year. Not only will it protect your outdoor furniture from rain and snow and contain the warmth a bit more, but during the summer it keeps it shady and cool. It can also help add to the aesthetic – a metal roof, for instance, can be incredibly therapeutic to sit under when it rains.

As the season moves more toward winter, it’s a good idea to invest in some waterproof furniture covers to protect your things from sun and weather damage while it’s not in use.

3. Add extra lighting.

As winter nears, twilight creeps up earlier and earlier each evening. Extra lighting on your patio will help you squeeze even more patio time out of the year. Not only will it let you stay outside later, but it’s also a safety precaution, especially if your patio has stairs. There are many lighting options to consider, depending on your patio setup – overhead lights, tiki torches, lamp posts, etc. String lights are great for adding to that cozy, magical feeling. If there are steps, consider installing low-voltage lights on railings, or marking the edge of the steps.

Don’t let the cooler weather keep you indoors. Make a few adjustments and enjoy the fall weather and your patio this year.

Creative Ways to Decorate Your Gazebo

Do you own a gazebo or pergola that is in serious need of a facelift? One of the quickest ways you can give your space a fresh, updated look is to add new furniture. No matter if you want to create an edgy space with modern furniture, or a cozy place to entertain family and guests, RST brands can help you find the style that fits all your wants and needs. Check out the following six design styles to make your gazebo furniture dreams come to life.  

 

The Bohemian

Transform your gazebo into a calm, serene outdoor bohemian oasis by incorporating natural outdoor decor elements like potted plants, a comfortable hammock, and a deep outdoor sofa or sectional.  When choosing your gazebo furniture, try to stay away from plain and neutral colors and instead opt for vivid patterns, and mixed colors. Also, utilize warm elements such as cushions, pillows, blankets, and curtains.

 

The Outdoor Greatroom

An outdoor greatroom is the perfect use for patio gazebos or pergolas that are connected to the home. Make this space another great place for lounging with the family or enjoying a relaxing afternoon by implementing furniture pieces like outdoor club chairs, ottoman slings, multi-piece couch sets, and much more. A fascinating focal piece such as a waterfall or a fire table can set your outdoor greatroom apart.

 

The Entertainment Zone

Give your guests a unique place to gather by transforming your backyard gazebo into a welcoming entertainment zone. Along with statement pieces like a fire table or hammock, you should also consider bringing in a variety of different seating options to accommodate your guests. In addition, be sure to include fun decorations like patio string lights, a surround sound system, television, and other elements that make your space as welcoming and enjoyable as possible.

 

The Dining Den

Put a new twist on the way you and your family dine by creating an inviting outdoor dining room in your gazebo. Whether you want a small, high-top table for four or an expansive table that can seat all your friends and family, RST Brands has stylish, high-quality, durable dining sets to fit your needs.

Give your space your own unique touch by choosing from a variety of cushion colors, material types, and more. And finish off the space with soft lighting, plants, and subtle decor.

 

The Bar Star

Design a welcoming outdoor bar in your pergola or gazebo and let the fun begin. After selecting the type of bar you want, whether it be a wet or dry bar, bring in bar stools and other comfortable furniture. When you set up your seating think of how you can situate the furniture to create a great space for socializing with your guests.  Be sure to incorporate additional elements like music, lighting, and decor to really bring your gazebo bar to life.

 

The Lounge

What’s better than having a go-to place to relax and unwind? Make your gazebo this place by bringing in high-class, loungers and accent tables. Create a relaxing atmosphere with additions like plants, water features, umbrellas, and more.

Don’t let your gazebo or pergola suffer from neglect any longer. Start designing your dream space today and discover the benefits of having a unique, outdoor space with top-of-the-line furniture and thoughtfully chosen decor.

Ideas for Designing Your Perfect Backyard Getaway

 

There are so many components involved in designing your perfect backyard. Some are large and invasive projects such as pools and water features, or terraced retaining walls. But bigger isn’t always better, and the addition of tasteful and elegant outdoor furniture and accessories is a simple way to transform your backyard into a space you can’t wait to come home to.

 

1. Define the Dimensions of the Outdoor Area

Measure the area of the space that you are designing so you know what you have to work with. At this point, a sketch of your backyard will be very helpful throughout each step in the design process.

 

2. Identify the Function of Your Backyard

Start the design process by identifying the primary use and goals for your outdoor space. Will it be for outdoor cooking and entertaining, kid-friendly use, lounging and relaxation, sunbathing, or patio gardening? Think of your backyard or patio as a part of your home that can function as another room.

 

3. Choose a Style

As an extension of your home, you may choose the same design style that you have in your home for your outdoor living space. Are your tastes modern and contemporary, traditional, transitional, eclectic, or more French Country? Furniture frames come in a variety of styles, and outdoor fabric color and print options are nearly endless.

Choosing design style will drive all of your purchases including furniture, fabric selection, and accessories such as rugs and pillows. Be sure the style will flow well with the rest of your existing backyard landscaping.

 

4. Use an Online Design Tool

Online design tools are beneficial to help you figure out how you would like to layout your furniture and accessories. It’s a good way to visualize exactly how everything will fit in your space. Your furniture and accessory layout should be cozy but still flow well without feeling cluttered. This step is essential in knowing exactly what you will need to purchase.

 

5. Go Shopping!

After you’ve gone through the steps above to thoroughly plan the design of your backyard retreat you’re ready to buy everything you need for the project. You will be amazed at how dramatically just a few outdoor furnishings will transform a concrete patio into an inviting living area.

Here are some options for you to consider when shopping for outdoor furniture.

 

Outdoor Patio Furniture

Be thoughtful with furniture purchases—you will get what you pay for. Outdoor furniture needs to be sturdy and well-crafted from high-quality materials so it is able to withstand outdoor weather conditions. Don’t forget to consider outdoor furniture covers to protect your investment and keep the furniture clean.

 

Tables

Choose the type of tables that will be appropriate for the function of your outdoor living space. Large rectangular tables are ideal for dining and entertaining, but not if your patio is small and will be used as a sitting area. Coffee tables and end tables function well in sitting areas.

 

Seating

Chairs, sofas, chaise lounge, benches, bar stools…oh my! There are many options for seating—you’re sure to find exactly what you need in a design that you love. The size and function of your patio living will determine the type of seating you choose. A chaise lounge or chair and ottoman are good options for relaxation, and a sofa and chairs are ideal for sitting areas.

 

Patio Fire Pits

Nothing creates a warm, intimate, and even romantic atmosphere quite like a fire table. The kids will enjoy roasting marshmallows, and you’ll love how your fire table lights up the night and provides heat when it’s cold outside.

 

Leave Room for Planters

Be sure to include plenty of space for plants when designing the layout of your outdoor retreat. Potted plants add color, texture, and warmth to an outdoor living space. A fully-landscaped yard can still benefit from including plants into the patio design.

Planters are the ideal accessory to include if your backyard is in an urban area with wall-to-wall concrete. Plant trees, vegetables, flowers, or an outdoor herb garden.

 

Accessories

Rugs, decorative pillows, and garden lighting are components that personalize your new patio oasis. Add pops of color and warmth with these accessories. Garden lights contribute to the mood and atmosphere of your space when the sun goes down. Be sure to include any lighting accessories in your online layout.

 

Patio Umbrellas

Shade any area of your yard with a patio umbrella. Outdoor umbrellas are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes to help you enjoy your backyard oasis even more. The height and angle of outdoor umbrellas are easily adjustable so you can get the most shade at any time of day.

Designing your new backyard retreat is an exciting process. Hopefully, you’re excited to get started! When you thoughtfully plan out your design you can be sure that your outdoor living space can be used any time day or night and in any kind of weather. Enjoying your new outdoor area for entertaining and relaxation is just a few steps away.