When the weather gets warmer, everyone’s thinking of outdoor spaces and patios. Not only do they expand your home’s total available space; they are also a very relaxing and entertaining place to be in. Of course, this has a lot to do with your outdoor furniture, and that’s the reason you should take extra care when shopping for some.
When shopping for outdoor furniture, the weather is usually the first smart thing to consider. With strong winds, your aluminum furniture can go flying in midair, while some wood furniture can crack or splinter when it gets too hot and dry. Certain wood types such as wicker are also averse to constant moisture exposure.
Material is yet another crucial consideration when shopping for outdoor furniture. You’ll want to check how it would fare with your weather, how much care it needs, and of course, its aesthetic.
As earlier mentioned, some types of wood are incompatible with hot and dry conditions, and aluminum furniture can be downright dangerous when winds get strong. The good thing about aluminum though is that it is low-maintenance, along with resin or teak. Wrought iron can survive both heat and moisture and can last a lifetime.
Consider the space you have and its shape. Long and narrow? Broad and wide? These are all important in determining the size of furniture you should get. Of course, make sure to leave enough room for walking around comfortably.
Aside from available space, you should also consider where exactly you plan to put the furniture that you plan to buy. Do you plan to put the piece on a paved patio or on soft ground or grass? If you want to buy furniture made of soft wood, don’t put it directly on the ground where it can rot because of the moisture. Also remember that moisture can cause some metal to corrode.
Outdoor furniture is a place for relaxation, so be sure that will actually happen. If you buy chairs bare, you can always make your own cushions and pillows. Chaise longues, recliners and rockers are also suitable for relaxation. But be sure to test the pieces before actually paying for them.
Because you won’t reasonably use your outdoor furniture during winter, make sure you have enough space in which to store it. Stress on enough – because if you carelessly throw all those pieces into a cramped room, they sure won’t look as great when you have to bring them out again. Or just buy outdoor furniture that you can use indoor in winter to avoid this problem.
In the end, your budget decides what you can or cannot buy. There will be lots of attractive discounts as fall approaches (July and August) so plan to make your purchases around that time.