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 the 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 are not always easy.