Whether you're repurposing indoor furniture or buying a new set, making the right choices for your outdoor patio furniture can be difficult. Use these 5 tips to help you select the perfect furniture to spruce up your patio or deck.
1. Choose Weatherproof Materials
Patio furniture is exposed to strong UV rays, harsh winds, pouring rain, freezing snow, and other weather conditions. Look for sturdy, weather-resilient materials when selecting your outdoor furniture to ensure it will withstand the elements for years to come.
- Wood is a popular material for patio furniture. Make sure that your furniture comes in a domestic or exotic hardwood. Materials like teak wood require more maintenance due to needing treatment with wood oil twice a year.
- Look for aluminum when buying metal furniture. Aluminum is lightweight, reflects the sun's rays, and repels moisture making it rust-resistant and easy to clean.
- When considering plastic, seek out high-quality reinforced poly rattan materials due to its durability. Other plastic furniture may offer more design options and colors, but are more susceptible to being bleached or deformed by the sun.
- Resin wicker is a great option made of synthetic fiber that is waterproof, pest proof, and easy to clean.
2. Look for Seating Options
Whether you're purchasing furniture with entertaining in mind or wanting to accommodate your family, your outdoor patio set must have options for seating.
- Multiple Person Seating - Multi-person seating can come in different options such as a large sectional or a two-seater sofa. This type of seating allows families and couples to sit together.
- Individual Seating - Guests who are strangers to each other may feel uncomfortable if their only option is to sit next to someone else. Find individual seating such as club chairs, rocking chairs, and bar-styled seats to allow for personal space.
3. Cushions for Comfort
If you want guests to remain seated for prolonged periods of time, seat cushions and pillows are a must for comfort.
- Seek out matching cushions and pillows in waterproof or weather-resistant fabrics like Sunbrella®. Sunbrella® fabrics come in an array of designs and colors to fit your patio set.
- Cotton cushions are great for comfort, but not so much for handling extreme climates. Coat cotton cushions with a waterproof spray to avoid mildew growth.
- Always check the labels for washing instructions. Some cushions may only recommend washing the covers which can leave cushions vulnerable to mold and pest buildup.
4. Dine Al Fresco
While seating options are necessary, outdoor dining tables can expand the use of your patio and offer guests a focal point at which to gather.
- If you have a smaller patio and intend to only host groups of people sharing drinks and snacks, purchase a round table that sits higher.
- For larger spaces meant for relaxing and outdoor dining, consider a rectangular table at regular dining table height for your family to congregate.
5. Invest in Good Cover
Since you don't have the time or space to constantly move outdoor furniture indoors to avoid weather damage, your furniture needs protection from the burning sun and torrential rains.
- Use the patio set's fitted cover when not in use. Remembering to cover your table and chairs will prolong their life by preventing destruction from the exposure.
- Install a large patio umbrella to shade furniture and your guests from rain and shine, alike.
You don't have to sacrifice comfort and style when searching for high-quality, weatherproof outdoor furniture. Reading the labels for quality and utilizing a good cover will help you select the perfect set for your patio that is sure to last for years to come.