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Choosing the Best Sofa or Sectional for Your Outdoor Space

March 05, 2019

Wicker, Aluminum, or Wood Outdoor Sofas?   

Today’s outdoor furniture options are fantastic! No matter what material you choose, the high-quality patio furniture options at the Garden Gates are durable, long-lasting, and beautiful. Modern wicker furniture is a big step up from the wicker and rattan of the past, because it’s coated with resin to make it waterproof and weatherproof, and it’s available in different colors. Aluminum is always a great choice, and today’s aluminum furniture is rustproof. You can also get wood-look outdoor sofas that are actually made of aluminum!

Measure Twice, Buy Once

Outdoor sofas are available in many different sizes to suit your needs, so you’ll want to make sure you’re choosing furniture that will fit. A huge sofa in a small space might make the space feel a bit crowded, but at the same time, it might be better to go with the sofa than to try to fit multiple chairs for seating. And, a too-small sofa will look out of place on an expansive deck or patio.

That’s why we recommend measuring the dimensions of your space before shopping. Consider the overhang of your roof when doing this! Then, when you find the sofas or sectionals that seem to fit the space, we’d recommend that you use masking tape or painter’s tape to mark the area where you want to put the furniture. This will really help you visualize how it’s going to look, and it’ll keep you from making a mistake when ordering your beautiful new outdoor furniture.

Consider the Shape of Your Space
Outdoor sofas and sectionals are available in several configurations: L-shaped, U-shaped, curved. Many outdoor seating collections are modular and modifiable to the space you have and the amount of seating you want. Browsing through our outdoor sofa collection, you’ll see many different possible configurations for your sectional. 

When considering the shape of your space, you’ll also want to consider if you’re planning to add chairs, side tables, a coffee table, or a fire pit, since those will greatly impact your furniture arrangement. A U-shaped or half-round sectional is great if you have a round coffee table or firepit as the centerpiece of your furniture arrangement. An L-shaped sectional is great for any shape of coffee table: rectangular, square, or round. And a straight, traditional shaped sofa is often best if you’re grouping the sofa with two chairs or loveseats. 

Remember, You’re Creating a Space to Relax

It’s OK for your outdoor space to look more casual than your usual indoor style. You want for your patio, deck, or courtyard to have a relaxed atmosphere where you can unwind and let go of all your worries! A high-quality sofa or sectional can look luxurious even if it’s a simple, laid-back design. There are plenty of options for adding a touch of luxury with a fancy outdoor rug, beautiful outdoor throw pillows, some decorative planter pots, or a fire feature.  

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