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How to Choose the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture

February 10, 2019

Maybe you just moved to a new home with a nice patio, or maybe you’re upgrading the backyard or deck of your existing house. Either way, you’re in the market for patio furniture. 

Here are some questions to ask yourself if you want to get the most for your money and choose the best outdoor patio furniture for your needs!

What’s the climate in your area?

Choose your furniture materials with the weather in mind. If it tends to be very humid in your area, certain materials—like wicker or fabric—could get ruined. If it’s windy where you live, you’re going to need heavy furniture that won’t go airborne in a gust of wind. If you live near the beach, you might find that metal furniture will not rust from the salt spray. 

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If you’re not sure whether a certain furniture item will withstand the weather conditions in your area, it’s a good idea to reach out to the seller or manufacturer and see what they recommend.

Will the furniture be sheltered from the elements?

Many people purchase outdoor patio furniture for a screened porch or a gazebo. In these cases, the furniture will be fairly well protected from the elements, and you may be able to get away with materials that wouldn’t work in an uncovered area. 

If you want to create a seating area that doesn’t have any shelter from the elements, you should choose something very durable. Some types of fabric cushions won’t hold up to endless sun, wind, and rain. And, while there is plenty of wood furniture that’s suitable for the great outdoors.

Some types of wood are more durable than others. 

Laguna Deep Seating Set by Sunset West

How many people do you want to seat?

Do you regularly have big parties, or do you envision your patio area as an escape for you and your immediate family? Think about the maximum number of people that will normally use the space. This will help you figure out just the right amount of seating for everyone. 

No worries if you like to host big parties but you don’t have a big budget. You can always invest in a few key pieces and then set up lawn chairs for your biggest gatherings. 

Manhattan Loveseat by Sunset West

Do you plan to eat meals outdoors?

If you and your family enjoy eating meals outside in nice weather, then it’s probably a good idea to get an outdoor dining table and chairs for your patio. However, some people find that they rarely use an outdoor table. If that sounds like you, then you should invest that money into a patio sofa, some comfy chairs, chaise lounges, or something else that you’ll truly enjoy.

Provence Dining Collection by Sunset West

What kind of look are you going for?

Envision what you want the finished space to look like. Sleek, stylish, and modern? Rustic? Beachy and coastal? Or are you looking for a luxurious aesthetic? Picturing the finished space ahead of time will help you as you shop for outdoor patio furniture.  

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