Spring is almost here. The snow drifts, chilly winds and the frozen earth will soon be warmed up by the sun swinging to the northern sky. This is just the right time to think of the great outdoors. Patio, lawns, decks beckon. We have put together the points to keep in mind when you choose furniture for your outdoor space. You need to keep in mind the space you have, how much sunlight it gets for the day, whether you want to make the space child-friendly, if there is a swimming pool in your space, are you a weekend user. So before you spend your dollars, let's explore the ten important things that you need to consider while shopping for outdoor furniture.
1. Make A List
Begin with a thought about how you would spend your time in the courtyard, how would you like your outdoor space to function. Would you like it to serve as a dining area on warm summer nights or want to keep it peaceful for reading books? Make a list of many things that you would perform in your courtyard and use the list as a guide to determine what type of furniture will exactly suit the place. If the prior function of your patio is to host a casual evening cocktail, then there is no requirement for a dining table. Bring ample comfortable chairs and use colorful cushions, several side tables, and a fire pit.
2. Consider Your Weather
Weather is the most crucial factor for choosing the kind of outdoor furniture. Is your weather hot and dry, or does it rain often? Do you live near the coast? All these are the essential questions you should think before opting outdoor furniture.
Here's why. Hot, dry surrounding can make some wood splinter and crack. Strong winds can cause damage to your aluminum furniture and wicker may not survive contact exposure to moisture.
3. Space and Size
Treat your patio as another room in your home and select the accurate size and spacious furniture that suits the design of your home. Your outdoor furniture needs to be correctly scaled to the area in which it would be used like the balcony or a large and full deck. Make sure to measure the space you have for furniture before buying any furniture. Also, you need to consider leaving enough space around your furniture to be able to walk comfortably.
Consider choosing a set of bar tables than traditional dining if your courtyard does not have much space as bar tables are narrower than the usual one. Also, bar stools take up less space than chairs. You can also look for other options likes the cafe or bistro tables and chairs as they are smaller in design.
4. Furniture Selection
Once you have scaled how much space you have for your outdoor furniture, you need to categorize the type of furniture you want for your courtyard. Think about the activities that would take place more in your patio likes are you going to make it a dining place for the evening, a place for a family get together or a peaceful area to sit back and talk. This will obviously be determined by how much space you have, consider which material will complement the look of your home. While shopping for furniture, also look for easy-care materials and pieces.
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Aluminum, Plastic and PVC: These construction materials are rustproof, easy to carry, inexpensive and require little weather treating. You can also wash them anytime easily with soap and water.
Steel and Wrought Iron: These both materials are strong and stylish but will rust as these materials are not weatherproof. If you are thinking to buy them, you need to make sure that you provide the complete care and maintenance periodically.
Rattan and Wicker: It is incredible how the natural material can help you to design your outdoor section beautifully, especially when they are treated with a resin finish. It is necessary to give them additional care every couple of years.
Wood: Natural woods consider to be the most beautiful designing for outdoor furnishings. It gives a stunning look to the area and makes it more fascinating than any other area in your home. But it does require regular maintenance, special treatment as well as protection from the weather.
5. Color Smart
Try choosing the right color according to your surroundings.. You are not limited to natural tones of wood; the black, white, and beige of wicker; or metal pieces. Colorful finishes flourish in the world of outdoor furniture, for stylish longevity, reserve bold splashes of color for cushions and accent pieces.
6. Invest In Quality
The old proverb "you get what you pay for" is right for courtyard furniture. Plastic resin chair and side tables give a great look on the shelf and will keep their good looks for a year or two out in the sun, but as the time goes, they become brittle and lose their natural coloring. The same is true for some wood material and rattan pieces. Shop with care, check with multiple consumer, and contact with different stores before spending a large number of dollars.
7. Pay Attention to Comfort
Comfort is an essential factor that needs to consider a priority. Prefer material that relaxes you. If your chairs do not come with cushions, buy or make your own cushions and pillows. Make sure to buy good quality furniture and excellent outdoor fabric that is fade and mold resistant. Your pillows will stay looking their best if you store them when you no longer use them outdoors in colder months. Lounges, rockers, and recliners are also the best material that provides relax so you can keep them an option too.
Make sure to try out your furniture before you opt it, this will helps you to choose the best one from the rest.
8. Search for Dual-Purpose Pieces
To make your courtyard more attractive and beautiful, you can look for the furniture that has multiple purposes. You can look for the doubles as extra seating for your next backyard bash and a simple bench that can turn up into a dining table.
Accessories can make an enormous difference while designing your outdoor space. There you can use pendant lighting, colorful cushions, fill the spaces with beautiful showcases and a lot more. You can also use an umbrella to give your outdoor a pleasant look, this idea would not only decor your courtyard, but also help you if your area gets lots of UV rays. Adding a pop of bright light with your umbrella will work as an amazing accessory.
You can also add more to the accessories like adding a carpet connecting your main entry. Personalize style while selecting colors palates. Colorful and bright patterns will definitely complement the landscape and provide positive energy to a night on the patio. This idea will give a clean look to your outdoor decor.
10. BudgetWell, budget is always an important factor. Our advice is not to overspend on outdoor furniture because chances are you will need to replace it in 2-3 years. The best quality furniture also will not guarantee surviving two bitter winters or freaky weather. There are always new ideas coming up in home furniture and you might want to change to newer designs. So a reasonably priced, good quality furniture that can last a few years is what you should aim for.
Once you have considered your outdoor furniture requirements, then come to the point where you need to enhance the design of your outdoor space. As always our mantra to you is Accessorise, Accessorize, Accessorize! Pick up bright cushions, or a quirky outdoor lamp or a reclaimed wood or driftwood sculpture. If you want a nautical theme, binge on screens of capiz shells or sea shells. Go Oriental with a Buddha head or a small waterfall or nice little pagoda lanterns to line up the garden path. And viola your outdoor space is all ready.