Category Archives: Outside Design

5 Patio Lighting Ideas to Make the Most Out of Your Space

 

Lighting is everything, even on the exterior of your home. Are you rethinking the current lighting setup on your patio? If all you’ve got are a few floodlights out back, it’s definitely time that you consider some new patio lighting ideas to turn your backyard into a place you love to be, even when it’s dark outside.

Here are 5 outdoor lighting ideas you should seriously consider for your backyard to give it some style, some ambiance, and create your own little piece of nighttime paradise.

1. Pathway Lights

Walkway or pathway lights should especially be considered when you’re looking for garden patio ideas. Although they won’t offer enough light to be your primary light source, walkway lights are an excellent option to use as a way to provide some soft lighting to your patio, while highlighting elements of your yard.

2. White Twinkly Lights

While it may seem cliché, your backyard and patio really aren’t complete without strings of white twinkly lights. An excellent idea for patio party lights, these lights can be strung across your patio, used to light up your trees, or even to wrap around your deck to add a beautiful soft glow to any get-together, or just an evening relaxing on the patio. You really can’t go wrong with twinkly lights.

3. Fire Table

Stop thinking about the small fire pits that are only good for roasting marshmallows, and consider installing a fire table in your backyard. Not only are these stylish and beautiful, but they can easily give off enough light to help you see on your patio at night.

4. Lamp Posts

Lamp post lights can be used solely to surround your patio, or scattered around throughout your backyard, adding a homey, welcoming feel to your outdoor spaced. An excellent consideration when coming up with small patio ideas, or just outdoor patio ideas in general, lamp posts look classic and timeless in any yard.

5. Moon Lighting

Imagine your backyard lit up by the soft glow of the moon—is there anything more magical? No matter how well the moon usually lights up your patio, using this type of lighting will leave your yard bathed in a soft glow, creating an excellent backdrop for a dinner with friends, or setting the mood for a romantic evening on your patio.  

Feeling Inspired?

Are you ready to get out there and get your outdoor spaces lit up properly with one or more of these lighting ideas for patios? Decide the mood you’d like to set in your yard and turn your patio into the magical space of you’ve always wanted.

Best Material for Outdoor Furniture & How to Protect It

 

When you purchase outdoor furniture, you expect it to withstand all of Mother Nature’s elements. If you buy the right materials and fabrics that are designed for use in hot, cold, humid, and dry conditions (including salty and chlorinated), then it will!

For standing the test of time, here are some great examples of materials and fabrics that you should look for in outdoor furniture.

Sturdy Materials

Cast Aluminum is created when molten metal is forced under high pressure into a mold cavity. It is lightweight which allows for easy moving.

Powder-Coated Aluminum is created when a dry, powdered paint is applied to aluminum. This produces a relatively hard, abrasion-resistant, and rust-free coating in any color.

Extruded Aluminum is so strong and stable (yet lightweight) that it is even used for components on the International Space Station!

Teak is a hard timber native to tropical south and southeast Asia. It is resistant to insects and warping and has such great natural water-repellent properties that it is often used in shipbuilding.

Synthetic Resin Wicker such as SolarFast is made from resins extracted from plant matter and is much more durable than natural wicker.

Molded ABS, Faux Wood, Stone, and Faux Stone with Synthetic Fibers are also sturdy outdoor materials.

Long-Lasting Fabrics

Sunbrella is a brand of outdoor fabric in which the woven fibers are 100% solution dyed acrylic. It is UV protected, great for all weather, fade resistant, breathable, quick to dry, and easy to maintain.

Polyurethane Coated Polyester is a highly resilient, supple, attractive fabric. It is also stain resistant and will remain cool on the surface even after sitting in the hot sun for long periods of time.

Vinyl is made of ethylene derived from natural gas and chlorine. It is plasticky which wears well and repels water under the most severe weather conditions.

Cleaning and Protecting

Although these outdoor fabrics are tough and able to withstand pretty much any weather Mother Nature can throw at them, it is still important to keep up on your furniture maintenance. When you properly clean and protect your furniture materials and fabrics, they will last for many seasons to come.

When not in use, especially during high winds, close your garden and patio umbrellas and put on their covers to keep them from getting damaged.

Regular rinsing with water is usually all that is needed to clean your furniture. When it is time for a deeper clean, use a mild soap or, even better, a multi-surface cleaner or patio furniture cleaning spray. Make sure you use the right one that will work on your specific surfaces.

A fabric guard spray will restore water repellency to cushions, pillows, and rugs and an outdoor protectant will repel smudges, dust, and stains.

Covers

Using covers when your furniture pieces are not in use over an extended period of time (such as during the winter or while you are on vacation) will keep them dry and looking vibrant. Covers will also help your furniture last as long as possible.

When looking for patio furniture covers, be sure the fabric is UV protected and also offers UV protection to the furniture they are covering. Also, air vents or mesh panels sewn into the design is very important in preventing mold and mildew from growing.

Look for covers that have secure velcro or elastic straps to keep them in place, even in windy conditions. Heavy-duty zippers will keep the water from leaking in.

With the right materials, fabrics, maintenance, and covers, your outdoor patio furniture will be hardwearing and comfortable for years to come!

Prepping for Spring: Your Perfect Yard & Patio

 

Check out how to prep your yard and patio so you can head outside and enjoy them the minute the weather turns warm!

Clean and Wash Surfaces

It is surprising how much outdoor debris can accumulate over the course of a winter. Now that the snow is melting and the ground is drying out, you will want to get everything all cleaned up. Pick up trash and rake up decayed leaves. Be sure to get all the corners and underneath the shrubs where stuff tends to accumulate. Other places to check are the rain gutters and window wells.

You can use a high-pressure nozzle on a garden hose to wash down all the hard surfaces in your yard. This includes walls, fences, rails, decks, and patios.

Aerate and Prune  

Core aeration allows water and air to penetrate the root zone of your turf, resulting in better development and growth. You can call a lawn care company to do this for you or you can easily do it yourself with just a couple of supplies from the hardware store. The important thing is that it’s done before the soil temperature reaches 55-60 degrees. Otherwise, the voids in the ground will invite aggressive weed seeds to settle in.

Your trees and shrubs will reward you with a wonderful display through the rest of the year if you do a proper pruning before new growth begins. Remove the following from trees:

  • Dead or dying branches
  • Branches that rub together
  • Branches that grow back toward the center of the tree
  • Branches that are spaced too closely on the trunk
  • Branch stubs and suckers
  • Hazardous branches or trees
  • Branches that interfere with parking and walking areas or the entry to your home

When it comes to pruning shrubbery, go lightly to help them grow fuller and bushier.

Fertilize and Kill Weeds

A good spring fertilizer will wake up your lawn and give it a good jump start on its growing season. It will also provide nutrients for the strength needed to withstand summer heat and stress.

Applying a pre-emergent herbicide is very important in your fight against crabgrass, clover, dandelions, and all sorts of other pesky weed seeds that can remain viable for years. Be sure you buy the correct killer for your specific problem plants and know exactly how to use it. Otherwise, you won’t be doing any good.

Check and Reset Sprinklers

When the soil is frost-free to at least twelve inches below the surface, it is time to check your sprinkler system. If your system isn’t equipped with air pressure relief valves, remove the sprinkler heads at the highest point in each zone before you do an initial system start-up. This will prevent a surge of air pressure from bursting the fittings. Then, test each zone separately for leaks or breaks.

After everything appears to be in good working order, you can open the main supply valve to its full operating position. Last of all, check your timer programs and reset them if appropriate.

Furnish and Decorate

What’s the point in having a spiffed-up yard if you don’t have any furniture to use for enjoyment out there? So now comes the fun part!

Create a cozy spot for two with colorful, comfortable loungers or seat your entire extended family on a deluxe sectional. Host an intimate al fresco dining experience or a crowd-pleasing bbq with outdoor dining tables of any size. When the sun sets, unwind while gathering around a fire table or keep the party going with an open bar.

Don’t forget the details! They are what adds whimsical fun or a sense of sophistication. Outdoor pillows, rugs, umbrellas, and lighting are what really makes your backyard come alive.

Relax and Enjoy

After waiting patiently through the winter months and performing all your hard work, it is now time to sit back, relax, and reap the rewards of your beautiful outdoor living space!

5 Patio Lighting Ideas to Make the Most Out of Your Space

Lighting is everything, even on the exterior of your home. Are you rethinking the current lighting setup on your patio? If all you’ve got are a few floodlights out back, it’s definitely time that you consider some new patio lighting ideas to turn your backyard into a place you love to be, even when it’s dark outside.

Here are 5 outdoor lighting ideas you should seriously consider for your backyard to give it some style, some ambiance, and create your own little piece of nighttime paradise.

1. Pathway Lights

Walkway or pathway lights should especially be considered when you’re looking for garden patio ideas. Although they won’t offer enough light to be your primary light source, walkway lights are an excellent option to use as a way to provide some soft lighting to your patio, while highlighting elements of your yard.

2. White Twinkly Lights

While it may seem cliché, your backyard and patio really aren’t complete without strings of white twinkly lights. An excellent idea for patio party lights, these lights can be strung across your patio, used to light up your trees, or even to wrap around your deck to add a beautiful soft glow to any get-together, or just an evening relaxing on the patio. You really can’t go wrong with twinkly lights.

3. Fire Table

Stop thinking about the small fire pits that are only good for roasting marshmallows, and consider installing a fire table in your backyard. Not only are these stylish and beautiful, but they can easily give off enough light to help you see on your patio at night.

4. Lamp Posts

Lamp post lights can be used solely to surround your patio, or scattered around throughout your backyard, adding a homey, welcoming feel to your outdoor spaced. An excellent consideration when coming up with small patio ideas, or just outdoor patio ideas in general, lamp posts look classic and timeless in any yard.

5. Moon Lighting

Imagine your backyard lit up by the soft glow of the moon—is there anything more magical? No matter how well the moon usually lights up your patio, using this type of lighting will leave your yard bathed in a soft glow, creating an excellent backdrop for a dinner with friends, or setting the mood for a romantic evening on your patio.  

Feeling Inspired?

Are you ready to get out there and get your outdoor spaces lit up properly with one or more of these lighting ideas for patios? Decide the mood you’d like to set in your yard and turn your patio into the magical space of you’ve always wanted.

What to Look for When Choosing Outdoor Patio Furniture

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.

How to Choose the Best Patio Furniture to Fit Your Backyard

Does it ever feel like decorating your outdoor spaces requires a lot more time and effort than your interior spaces? Perhaps the reason for this is the size and shape of the space you’re working with. Whether you have several acres, or a few square feet of patio, the outdoor patio furniture you choose should be based around the vision you have for your space to keep it functional and beautiful.

Large Spaces

There are many benefits to having a spacious yard. However, someone with a lot of space can find themselves struggling with backyard landscaping ideas just as much as someone with a small space. Depending on the purpose you’d like your outdoor space to serve, consider breaking up your yard into several areas that are more manageable. If entertaining is your goal, consider a large dining set for an outdoor patio, some comfortable outdoor chairs or chaise loungers to surround a fire pit, or bright, oversized loungers for around your pool.

Small Spaces

Small backyard design is actually a lot of fun. While you may not be able to allot different furniture pieces to several different spaces, you can be more creative and choose pieces that are functional and compliment the space.

To create an inviting space for guests, consider a small seating area or raised bar table with stools. Ottomans are excellent for adding extra seating and storage, while less bulky furniture will allow the space to feel more open and not so cramped.

Awkward Shapes

Perhaps the most daunting space to face off against is one that is awkwardly shaped. When you have a space that is broken up in an odd way, or not balanced in the size and shape, your creativity can really take over. Choose outdoor furniture that you love, and break the space up into several smaller spaces, or maybe consider one larger space that’s multi-functional.

Just like with a smaller space, functionality is key when it comes to an awkwardly shaped yard. If it suits your style, consider furniture pieces that are just as unique as the space you’re working with, and you’re bound to create something that’ll make everyone else wish they had an awkwardly shaped yard too.

Whether you’re looking for help with a large space, or on the hunt for landscaping ideas for a small yard, we can help you find the best pieces to suit your space.

2017 Outdoor Patio Trends are Bold, Yet Simple

It may seem a little cold outside to be thinking about patio furniture and backyard decorating ideas, but winter is the perfect season to begin perusing the upcoming patio trends to ensure your summer patio set is on point. Think spirited silhouettes, chunky wicker weaves, bold patterns mixed with vibrant colors, and outdoor dining tables while mixing and matching your 2017 patio furniture.

1. Spirited Silhouettes

Patio pieces should make a statement with your use of shapes, materials, and colors. Gone is the day of uniform and sameness; you want pieces with different depths and shapes to stand out from the rest. High-backed chairs, chaise lounge sofas, tall canopies, innovative sling chairs, and punched steel designs can all add dramatic silhouettes to your sunbathing set of furniture.

2. Upholstery, Wicker, Teak, Iron, and Stainless Steel

Experimenting with new materials and textures will be a popular outdoor furniture trend in 2017. Though black and brown finishes are always fan-favorites, multi-step finishes and hand-woven resin wicker allow for different colors and finishes that will bring more texture to old styles.

Weave designs within the furniture will also bring flair to future patio sets. Open weaves and braiding will continue to flourish in the design scene and the introduction of thicker and even multi-colored weave creations will add incredible accents for the new year.

3. Vibrant and Energetic Colors

The design innovators at Behance say “scenes from life” will be the color trends of 2017: “cityscapes, island getaways, and lush countrysides”. Green and blue hues such as Aqua, Sea Foam, Drab Green, and Indigo will create calming, spa-like vibes. Coral, Sienna, Pink, Orchid, Melon, Bubblegum, Custard Yellow, and Butterscotch will add pops of vibrancy that will pair nicely with more subdued tones such as Mushroom, Buff, Khaki, and Tailored Grey.

“Use a Use a vibrant outdoor rug to set the tone. Whimsy or traditional, you can create the vibe and style you’re going for with an outdoor-friendly rug easily changed next Spring.” – Kelli Ellis, Celebrity Designer and RST Brands Outdoor Living Brand Ambassador

4. Cushions Galore

Cushions and pillows are the best way to add color and personality to your patio set. Bold prints and patterns with contrasting colors and abstract geometric shapes will surely be trending in 2017. A textured dark chair or couch with solid cushions will pair nicely with patterned and striped pillows for a modern look.

Be sure to select a resilient fabric for your outdoor design that will withstand the elements, both rain or shine, while maintaining comfort and style. A sunbrella fabric will avoid fading in harsh sunlight and is layered to allow for quick drying after a moisture-filled day.

5. Mixed Styles

Design styles in the new year will vary from simplistically modern to bohemian chic. Simple, elegant lines with spunky features will create a welcoming oasis. Mixing and matching materials such as wicker, wood slat, concrete, and upholstery transform a classic style into a fresh new look. With millennials continuing to gain interest in travel and embracing culture in their decorative style, textured artisanal patterns and eclectic textiles will be making their way to your patio in 2017.

6. Outdoor Entertaining

Your patio is no longer just a place to sunbathe or sit, it is your best place to entertain. Patio furniture needs to be prepared to seat various-sized groups of guests in a comfortable fashion for next year’s garden and patio parties. Guests need to feel relaxed and have multiple seating options ranging from single chairs to large patio sectionals.

7. Blending Indoor with Outdoors

Who says eating dinner and warming up by the fire has to take place indoors? Blending your indoor furniture style with the outdoors is gaining a lot of attention. Repurposing old indoor furniture to withstand outdoor temperatures can really add pizazz. Adding an outdoor table for dining al fresco or a flickering fire pit is sure to impress your guests.

8. Accessories

“Outdoor floor lighting is HAUTE! Creating the outdoor living room is easy with on-point outdoor lighting that’s cordless and fashionable.” – Kelli Ellis

Developing your budding outdoor living design goes beyond furniture. By accessorizing your space you can set the tone for your backyard retreat. Lighting, art, and potted plants can all be used to set your patio apart and create the ambiance you want your guests to feel upon first glance.

It’s never too cold to think about your outdoor living ideas. Update old furniture with fashion-forward patterns, embrace bold colors, and repurpose old items for unique furniture pieces that will keep your guests talking.

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.

 

    • 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.

 

    • 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.

 

    • Resin wicker is a great option made of synthetic fiber that is waterproof, pest proof, and easy to clean.

 

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.

 

      • 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.

 

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.

 

        • 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.

 

        • 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.

 

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.

 

          • For larger spaces meant for relaxing and outdoor dining, consider a rectangular table at regular dining table height for your family to congregate.

 

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.

 

            • 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.

 

    • Touch up any visible spots where the rust was removed with a bit of wrought iron exterior spray paint

 

    • Clean all surfaces of your metal furniture to remove any dirt or grime.

 

  • 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.

How to Prep Indoor Furniture for Outdoor Use

Outdoor Furniture Frame

If you’re interested in a unique approach to choosing outdoor furniture, consider adding style to your patio by incorporating updated indoor furniture or repurposing your indoor furniture pieces for outdoor use.

Outfitting your patio with indoor furniture may seem difficult, but with these tips you can repurpose and achieve a versatile outdoor set.

Prep and Prime Wood

Indoor materials such as wood are not often prepared to face the elements of outdoor weather, but with a little physical work and help from the local hardware store, those pieces can be prepared to endure even the harshest of climates.

  • Sand the piece down first. Since most indoor pieces are not made of treated wood and use glue and finishes made for indoor temperatures, a better coat of protectant must be applied. In order to do that, you must sand the furniture to bare wood so that the finish you select will adhere.
  • Prime and paint. Most clear finishes do not protect against UV rays as well as paint. Start with a quality primer, followed by a thick coat of exterior latex or oil-based paint. Multiple coats of spray varnish with added UV blockers is your best option to maintain that natural wood look.
  • Seal every nook and cranny. No surface of the wood should be left uncovered. Thoroughly encapsulate every joint, leg, and crack with a thorough coating of sealant to provide ultimate protection.
  • Recoat every year. Furniture constantly exposed to the elements needs to be recoated often, once every 1-2 years, in order to stay protected. A fresh coat of paint and sealant will also keep your furniture looking new and clean.

 

Resist Rust on Metals

Metal, though a strong material, can still fall prey to the different types of weather on your patio.

  • Scrape off any existing rust. Use a metal brush to scrape off rust and prepare the material for coats of paint. Sand off any remaining rust and hand sand any crevices or curves.
  • Clean the surface. Properly clean the surface of the metal with a solvent to ensure there is no dirt or debris preventing your coats of paint or primer from adhering.
  • Spray on primer and paint. Spray paintF is the best way to coat metal furniture. Stick with a high-quality white primer under light colors and a darker grey under darker paint colors for uniform coverage. Use a clean chip brush to fix any drips.

 

Have Fun with Fabrics

Indoor fabrics are vulnerable to fading in the sun and battling mildew from wet weather, but fabric furniture can still be used outdoors.

  • Replace cushion and pillow covers with outdoor fabric. Visit your local craft or fabric store to pick up some outdoor fabrics and materials with which to recover your outdoor cushions and pillows. Utilizing a fabric created specifically for outdoor weather will help your fabrics last longer and avoid accumulating mold and mildew.
  • Waterproof unchangeable fabrics and pillows. Pick up some spray-on waterproof fabric sealant and evenly cover all fabrics for moisture and sun protection.

No matter how sturdy the furniture or how much weatherproofing is done, furniture will eventually wear down from the elements so be sure to cover or remove furniture from heavy rains or snows as much as possible.

If you’re looking to add more accessories and fabrics to your patio/dining set, check out our outdoor furniture offerings.