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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 If you’re tired of the furniture or if it’s outdated, now is the time to invest in a more modern outdoor furniture set which is certain to enhance and revitalize your outdoor space.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.  

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.

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.