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When Is the Best Time to Buy Patio Furniture?

By RST Brands
December 23, 2020

Your patio is looking a little, well, drab. It doesn’t get much use, and it’s easy to see why. But you know you can easily turn things around with some stylish patio furniture. Add a set to your online shopping cart and soon you’ll be barbecuing and lounging in the sunshine on the daily. 

If you’re trying to balance price and quality (and who isn’t?), you’re no doubt wondering when is the best time to buy patio furniture? How much should you spend on patio furniture? And does patio furniture go on sale? Get all your answers here.

Is Patio Furniture Cheaper in the Winter?

Camping gear, beach towels, and swimwear all seem to go on sale once the air turns crisp and fall is on its way. So you may be wondering if it’s the same for outdoor furniture sets. Is patio furniture cheaper in the winter?

In short—it depends. Many big box stores don’t stock outdoor furniture in the winter; therefore, they won’t have any inventory they’re trying to get rid of. Online stores may have patio furniture available year-round, but sales may not line up with specific months or seasons.

If you do see patio furniture on sale in the winter, go ahead and snag it while you can. But don’t wait around for a winter sale—because as good as it sounds, there’s just no guarantee that it’s happening.

What Is the Best Month to Buy Outdoor Furniture?

Okay, so winter may not be your go-to time to buy patio furniture. Then what is the best month to buy outdoor furniture? Unfortunately, there’s not a clear answer on this one, either. There isn’t necessarily a “best month” in terms of pricing—big box stores will probably put them on sale in early spring or late summer, but availability may be limited during these times.

Your best bet is to simply buy patio furniture when you need it and can afford the purchase. You should certainly shop around for the best price—but no need to wait months to get the absolute lowest prices. You could be enjoying your patio furniture all that time!

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Factors to Consider When Buying Patio Furniture

Knowing that there is no guaranteed time to score a sale on patio furniture, you’re ready to start scoping out your options. Here are some factors to consider when buying that fabulous new outdoor furniture set.

1. When Is the Best Month for You to Buy Outdoor Furniture?

The best month to buy outdoor furniture is different for everyone. When will you have enough money set aside for the purchase? When will you get the most use out of it? Forget about keeping up with the Joneses. (Or the Smiths or the Millers or your hot single neighbor who you spied through the fence.) Consider your individual situation and go for it when the timing is right for you.

2. Do You Live Somewhere It’s Always Warm?

Are you one of the lucky ones? The ones who get to soak up that sweet vitamin D—even when the halls are decked with holly? If so, any time might be a good time for a new patio set. You’ll probably get year-round use out of your patio furniture, so don’t feel like you have to wait until summer. Shop when you’re ready to put it to use (and can afford it).

3. How Will You Be Using the Patio Furniture?


The best type of patio furniture to buy depends on how you’ll be using it. Are you planning to eat dinner outside every night? Will you be hosting guests for a summer cocktail hour? Or will your kids be using it to lounge after swimming in the pool? Consider the functionality of your furniture to help you decide which pieces to buy and which materials will work best for your space.

4. How Much Time Are You Willing to Spend Maintaining Your Furniture?

Outdoor furniture comes in all types of materials, from teak and wicker to aluminum. Each type of material requires a different level of maintenance, with some materials requiring regular cleaning and covering in inclement weather.

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For instance, teak requires regular sanding and sealing if you want it to maintain its red color, and wicker can become brittle if it gets wet. On the other hand, synthetic wicker or rattan requires little upkeep and can withstand moisture.

How Much Should You Spend on Patio Furniture?

As with anything, you get what you pay for. If you’re investing more into your patio furniture, it will probably last much longer, be more comfortable, and give you a more high-end look. If you choose to spend less on your furniture, you’ll save money, but your patio set might not last as long. Of course, there’s always a happy medium along with the sale of cheap and expensive furniture. Weigh the pros and cons, decide on a price point, and opt for furniture that fits your budget.

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What Kind of Patio Furniture Lasts the Longest?

Even if you’re not planning to drop your life savings on the finest patio furniture, you surely want it to last more than one season. So what kind of patio furniture lasts the longest?

The durability of patio furniture depends on the climate. For example, resin wicker, rust-resistant aluminum, and thick plastic are ideal for rainy or seaside climates. On the other hand, teak or eucalyptus outdoor furniture is great for dry, desert climates and extreme heat. And if you live in a snowy climate? Choose powder-coated aluminum outdoor furniture that will withstand the extreme cold.

Find Your Perfect Patio Set Today

Ready to find the perfect patio set? Shop RST Brands today to find beautiful, stylish outdoor patio furniture in a variety of styles. Our furniture is built to last and will allow you to maximize the enjoyment of your outdoor space. Choose from sofas and sectionals, dining sets, lounge chairs, bar stools, and more. Add an oversized patio umbrella and fire table and you’ll really be living the high life. Check out our outdoor furniture today.