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4 Pointers For Buying The Perfect Outdoor Furniture

House Digest logo: MainLogoHouse Digest 8/9/2022 Courtney Isom
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When it comes to purchasing the perfect outdoor furniture, there are a few aspects to consider and a number of design tips to keep in mind for you to execute your dream patio space. Your outdoor area is an extension of your home, so you should treat it as such. And because it's an extension of your house, it should look and feel that way. The beauty of designing outdoor spaces is that you have furniture options that come in a variety of styles, shapes, colors, and materials, so you'll always have numerous décor options to choose from.

PatioLiving recommends buying furnishings that represent your personality, lifestyle, and vibe, just as you've designed your home. However, when it comes to purchasing the perfect outdoor furniture, there are many decisions to be made and a number of design aspects to keep in mind to execute your dream outdoor patio. With these helpful tips and the proper research, you'll buy the outdoor furniture that works best for your space and design the space of your dreams.

What Does Your Patio Need?

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Your outdoor area should feel as comfortable and homey as your indoor space, so it's all about designing it with furniture that fits all your needs. If you don't have a vision for what you want your patio to look like, it's time to create one. For instance, you can design an area perfect for you to relax, have your morning coffee, and host a gathering whenever you want to. If you love hosting and entertaining but still enjoy having personal time to yourself, you can incorporate a combination of furniture to match both these needs.

PatioLiving recommends purchasing a large dining room table and a lounge chair or two to create the space to relax and unwind after a long day. Go for a large sectional sofa and make it homey with a large area rug and additional comfortable seating. For instance, lounge sets and curved furniture would give off a uniquely distinct cozy outdoor vibe. If you have minimal space to work with, prioritize one option based on your lifestyle preferences. Are you more of an entertainer, or do you enjoy lots of alone time? Are you looking to create a space for your loved ones or just for you? These are important questions to ask yourself when it comes to designing your outdoor furniture layout.

Go For Furniture Easy To Maintain

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There's nothing wrong with hiring a professional cleaner once or twice a year for your outdoor furniture, especially if you're hosting a large group or event. Still, purchasing items that are easy to clean and maintain is a must. According to Family Leisure, investing in good outdoor furniture can save you money in the long run because you'll have the items to use for years to come, which means you can create a space perfect for everyone to enjoy all summer long (and perhaps throughout the year) and never get tired of.

In addition, you can always make subtle décor alterations without changing your furniture. With the right furnishings and décor, you'll also be able to host more events, holidays, and parties of any kind, so you'll save more money than you'd ever thought because you'll avoid spending them on (likely) expensive professional cleaners. This way, you can continue to create endless memories with your friends and family right from the comfort of your yard. Talking about killing two birds with one stone.

Keep The Weather In Mind

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Outdoor furniture can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be, but it is extremely important to suit your area's climate. The weather where you live can hugely affect your outdoor items and materials, according to Family Leisure, so it's important to buy furnishings that match the daily weather.

If you live somewhere where it gets extremely hot and humid during summer, you may want to use light colors because dark hues will attract sunlight. For shade, use canopies or umbrellas and avoid plastic as well as metal furniture altogether. Instead, purchase a sturdy gazebo that won't be destroyed by summer rainfall. Your best bet is to incorporate outdoor furniture made of wood into the décor because it won't be affected by heat or sunlight like plastic or metal. Finally, avoid metal if your area gets plenty of rainfall because your furniture will turn rusty over time.

Storage Is Key

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Buy outdoor furniture you can use in various ways to get the most out of your purchase, especially if your yard is on the smaller side and you have very minimal space to work with. However, regardless of the size of your backyard area, multi-functional outdoor furnishings are truly the best way to go. You will have the ability to switch out components without taking up valuable storage space if you use items that can fold up, stack, or collapse.

For example, Decor Outdoor recommends buying ottomans with storage compartments where you can store blankets and a unique coffee table that can adjust form into a surface table for you to eat or work at. In addition, with the help of modular sofas, you can customize your seating to your environment and your demands. Overall, you simply cannot go wrong with outdoor furniture that can change in flexibility.

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