Choosing the right outdoor furniture is the difference between a concrete patio and a backyard paradise. The right piece can bring comfort, style and function to a space. But, how can you ensure you’re receiving the highest quality for your dollar? Thompson Pool & Patio has created the ultimate guide for choosing patio furniture that lasts for summers to come.
Assess your functional needs and design wants.
First, let’s establish the activities you’ll be using your outdoor space for. Do you plan on entertaining a large group of guests? Do you have kids? A patio can serve multiple purposes. Use this as your guide to determine what type (and size) of furniture is needed.
It doesn’t hurt to take a seat.
Just like a mattress, sometimes you never really know until you test it out. Comfort is key here. Just because it looks good, doesn’t always guarantee that it’s comfy. After all, you’re going to be using it a lot this summer.
Consider dual-purpose pieces for entertaining.
If you’re going to be hosting birthday parties, cocktail hours and other events, you may be wondering how you’ll squeeze all those people into such a small space. If this sounds like you, look for outdoor furniture that doubles as extra seating. Ottomans and benches are perfect stand-alone pieces that can be moved quickly and easily during special occasions.
Check for sturdy construction.
Sometimes, it really is all about the nuts and bolts. Opt for outdoor patio furniture that’s constructed using dowels, pegs, stainless steel or brass screws. This will stand the test of time much better than glue or staples. If you have the option, though, try to try to look for pieces that are fully welded. When you use furniture, you’re shifting weight and slowly weakening it. That’s why it’s important to invest in pieces that last.
Invest in high-quality materials.
It turns out, “You get what you pay for,” isn’t far from the mark. It pertains to patio furniture as well. Some materials look great in the store, but only last for a year or so outdoors. Wood and wicker are just a few that have the ability to lose color and strength season-to-season. We’re not saying to completely avoid them, just be aware of their maintenance needs.
Aim for easy maintenance.
As we mentioned, maintenance can differ among materials. If you’re looking for pure relaxation once you step out onto the patio, we recommend metals, teak, cedars, and heavy plastic. They stand up to the elements really well and if for some reason they get dirty, they’re easy to clean with a damp cloth.
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What do YOU look for in patio furniture?
Share your thoughts and tips with us in the comments below. If you’re currently in the market, stop by the store this week and we’d be happy to show you around!