How to Buy Outdoor Furniture

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How to Buy Outdoor Furniture

Posted at May 5, 2011 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment

If you want to buy outdoor furniture, you must give it the same consideration as buying indoor furniture. After all, your objective is the same: you want a comfortable and attractive space where you can relax or entertain, maybe do both.

Consider Your Weather

Is your weather hot and dry, or do you live near the coast. Does it rain often? All these are important considerations for selecting outdoor furniture. Hot, dry conditions can make some wood splinter and crack. Strong winds can send aluminum furniture flying, and wicker will not withstand constant exposure to moisture.

Measure Your Space

Consider how much space you have, and how it is shaped. Is it a long and narrow balcony or a broad and wide terrace? Use the area and shape of your balcony, patio or porch to determine the size of your outdoor furniture. Make sure to leave enough space around your furniture to be able to walk comfortably. Apply the same principles for traffic flow that you would use indoors.

For a small space, a bar table set may work better than a regular dining set, because bar stools can also save you room. You can also take a look at café or bistro tables and chairs as they have a smaller profile.

Determine Where You Will Place Your Furniture

Is your patio or outdoor space exposed to the elements or do you have an overhead covering? Will your furniture rest on soft ground and grass or on a hard surface such as a wooden deck or a paved patio? Make sure to get materials that will be a good match for your environment.

Do not place soft woods such as pine on a grassy surface and in an exposed area. The moisture from the ground can cause the wood to rot. On the other hand resin furniture is impervious to it.

Consider patio umbrellas for shade if you get too much sun.

Decide on Material

What kind of materials do you like for outdoor furniture? Don’t just base your decision on how it looks, although that is a big consideration, too. Your weather plays a big role in determining if a material is good fit.

So does the amount of care that a material needs. Some outdoor materials such as aluminum do not need too much care, neither does teak or resin furniture. Wrought iron can last for a really long time and can take heat and moisture.

Pay Attention to Comfort

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