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How to Pick the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture

How to Pick the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture

Walking into a patio furniture store can feel overwhelming. With all the styles and budgets to choose from, it’s hard to find the right mix of function and aesthetic. Thankfully, there are ways to narrow down the selection and identify furniture right for your home.

The first criterion you should address when shopping for patio supplies is the weather. Your climate should determine the materials you seek. For example, dry climates can splinter wood prematurely. As well, windy climates can blow lightweight furniture around.

Try to balance the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials described below.

Wicker and Wood

Natural materials are stylish and comfortable; however, they require special treatment. Wood and wicker need weatherproofing and UV protection to prevent splintering, cracking and fading. Likewise, you should inspect the finish on all natural products. For wicker, specifically, check for looseness around the frame.

Steel and Iron

Alloy-framed furniture provides ultimate sturdiness, but you will need cushions to make it comfortable. Like natural products, steel and iron need treatment to prevent rusting. These days, most paints incorporate anti-rusting solutions, so you’ll likely find vibrant colours available. Just make sure that the finish is uniform and that all joints have been well-fitted. Unpainted and stripped areas can reduce the lifespan of the furniture.

Aluminum and Plastic

Unlike the previous materials, both aluminum and plastic are lightweight, rustproof and easy to maintain. Interestingly, these materials are cheapest too. You can leave this furniture out all year, but you may need to tie it down in a wind storm. Likewise, you need to ensure the furniture is not too flimsy and will not wobble under pressure.

Outdoor Furniture Buying Considerations

Space is a big factor when buying patio furniture—not just outside. Indoor storage space is necessary for cushions during rain and snow seasons. As for the patio itself, you need enough room to walk comfortably around the furniture. The rule “less is more” often applies. After all, your guests will want to frequent the barbeque and cooler without tripping over obstacles.

You will also want to consider the style of your outdoor living space. The benefit of using natural products is that they go well with almost any décor. Conversely, bright paints are hard to pair and complement. This is especially true with cushion sets you may want to purchase or replace after time. Matching fabrics with loud colours is not always easy.

Happy friends are doing barbecue in the park and making fun

Why You Need a Portable Barbecue in Your Life

Barbecuing is an awesome addition to a meal. Not only does it allow you to add excellent flavouring to your food, but it creates a space for people to gather around as food is cooked and served for the meal. Barbecuing is a hub for social interaction and many of us can only enjoy it in the backyard. But what if your barbecue could accompany you to a variety of locations, so its joy could be experienced everywhere you go! Here are three great reasons to invest in a portable barbecue!

Lower Cost

Although larger gas or charcoal grills enable for greater cooking quantity and diversity with what can be cooked and how it’s prepared, they also come with a much greater price tag. If you’re not interested in all the bells and whistles, a portable barbecue provides the means to enjoy well-barbecued food at a reasonable price!

Optimal for Small Groups of People

Another important aspect of barbecuing is how many people you’ll be preparing food for. If you live on your own or are mostly just looking to use the grill with your small family, purchasing a large grill may not make the most sense. If you won’t be maximizing the grilling quantity a larger grill offers, considering a smaller option will enable you to enjoy barbecued meals while realizing the cost and space savings of a smaller BBQ.

They’re Portable!

And the last, but certainly not least point is that portable barbecues are portable! Imagine being able to take enjoy the benefits of a barbecue no matter where you are–whether it’s a camping trip, picnic in a park, trip to the cottage, or even visiting a friend who doesn’t have one of their own.

Tips to Make the Most of the Hot Tub in the Summer

Tips to Make the Most of Your Hot Tub in the Summer

 In the cooler months, your hot tub is a steamy retreat that you can’t wait to submerge yourself in, but what about the summer? With hot temperatures, it would seem as though the summer season is a write-off for the hot tub; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Use these tips to enjoy your home spa in the hottest months. 

Drop the Water Temperature

To achieve an enjoyable hot tub experience in the summer, you’ll want to lower the water temperature. Keeping the water hot on an already warm day, will not only be uncomfortable for you but it drastically increases your chances of overheating, which can lead to more serious problems–like passing out in your home spa. To stay safe and enjoy a relaxing soak, your hot tub water should be lower than your body temperature (which is approximately 37°C).

Protect Your Skin

Another important aspect to consider with summer hot tub use is the sun! Bodies of water attract the sun’s ultraviolet rays and can cause sunburn if unprotected. To enjoy your time in the hot tub and protect yourself, make sure to apply an appropriate amount of sunscreen to exposed skin. 

Also, if you don’t already have a good source of shade over your hot tub, this is an effective way to reduce heat exposure and protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. 

Adjust Your Times of Use

In colder seasons, using your hot tub in the middle of the day ca neb quite enjoyable; however, the intense summer heat makes this time much less appealing. Consider adjusting your hot tub time to early in the morning, before the sun comes out, or later at night, once it has set. 

Not only will this help protect you from overexposure to the sun, but you’ll be able to appreciate the cooler air temperature as you unwind.