Perhaps you just bought your first home or have upgraded to a space with a bigger backyard, and you need to figure out how to decorate your patio. As the outdoors become increasingly more popular as extended living spaces, the variety and functionality of lawn furniture has vastly grown. Make sure you're filling your backyard sanctuary with the essentials. Here are some tips on shopping for lawn furniture and a few essential pieces you won't want to live without.
1. Weather Resistant Cushions
Outdoor furniture is put through everything from blaring UV rays to snowstorms. Cushion fabric should be made for all weather and fade resistant. Look for Sunbrella outdoor fabric, a popular thread that will keep your furniture safe. The foam inside the cushions is just as important as the fabric outside. Antimicrobial, waterproof foam is essential for keeping cushions clean and mold-free. And make sure you find comfortable cushions for long days spent in the sun. You don't want to feel the wire frame poking through the cushions.
2. Buy Comfortable, Lasting Frames
When shopping for outdoor chairs or sofas, be mindful of the frame. It's easy to replace cushions, but replacing an entire piece of furniture can be more expensive. Metal is the most durable and generally comes in two forms: powder coated, which is more expensive but longer lasting, or painted, which is easier on the wallet but harder to maintain long term. You can also shop for wood frames, often made out of teak, which will stand the test of time, but may need to be sanded and restained after a few years. Or there is wicker, which wasn't always very durable but has recently been made stronger with aluminum and rattan. Also, make sure the frame is comfortable without the cushions, in case the furniture needs to be used when the cushions are wet.
3. Add a Pop of Color
To really make your backyard pop, add some color to your lawn furniture. Whether you want to find colorful cushions or sprinkle in a few colorful accent pieces, adding a creative hue will make all your furniture stand out and your backyard feel like home. Use complimentary colors to decorate your backyard. Purple and yellow or blue and orange are classic combinations that always look good. Pick one color to be the dominant shade and use the compliment in small pieces around the patio. A blue planters table with an orange pot, for example, really pops against gray furniture.
4. Bistro Style Furniture for Small Spaces
If you have a smaller patio, utilize the space with two small chairs and a bistro table. This classic look is perfect for your morning coffee or breakfast for two without dominating your patio with unnecessary furniture. With limited space to decorate, turn the furniture into your accent pieces. Painted metal furniture can be found in an array of colors and can brighten up your patio, turning that small space into a cozy getaway.
5. Find Weighted Furniture
If you live in a windy area or use a rooftop patio, you may need to find weighted furniture that won't get knocked over or, worse, blown away when the breeze picks up. If you need heavier furniture, narrow your search to iron or steel pieces. You can still find small or dainty metal outdoor furniture that will stay put on windy days.
6. Invest in an Ottoman
Imagine coming home after a long day and putting your feet up on sun-warmed furniture. An ottoman is a versatile piece of furniture that fits in almost every space, is easy to move, and offers maximum comfort. Instead of a chunky lounge or sofa, get the same potential for relaxation with an ottoman, and then move the stool out of the way when entertaining guests. Ottomans can even be used as small tables if you repurpose a TV tray, perfect for afternoon snacks or holding your tea while you read outside.
7. Prepare for Off-Season Storage
Don't plan to just throw your cushions in the shed in the winter. Instead of finding your cushions full of mold and holes in spring, get an outdoor furniture storage bin. Many storage bins can double as extra seating. Simply cover the bin with matching cushions and use it to store toys, spare cushions or gardening tools in the warm months. In the winter you can move the tools and toys into the garage and store cushions safely inside.
Decorating your patio and buying lawn furniture for the first time is an exciting experience. Make sure you choose furniture that not only is made with quality materials, but reflects your personality and creates a space you want to share with family and friends. RST Brands outdoor furniture has all the essential pieces you need made with lasting materials that will survive the seasons. Let RST Brands help you decorate your first backyard! Sources http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/outdoor-furniture-for-2014/2014/06/10/3662125c-eb5a-11e3-9f5c-9075d5508f0a_story.html