Everyone is guilty of one of the following things: buying too much, not buying enough, or buying the wrong thing.
Don't be that person.
Today, we're going to talk about outdoor furniture. We'll share ideas on what to buy and tips on things you should look for.
So take a load off on the ole' porch swing or hammock and check out these 5 tips on how to get started.
1. Outdoor Furniture: Start With The Basics
How much space is available? How many people are going to be entertained on a regular basis? What's the budget?
These are the kind of questions that should be answered before shopping for anything. For example, if someone is expecting quite a few guests and has limited space, they're likely going to want more chairs and benches. They won't have much use for things like tables or ottomans.
Alas, check out some of this year's trends. Outdoors is the new indoors! From matching color and pattern schemes to creating rooms complete with kitchens, heaters, fire pits, the possibilities are endless.
2. Put The Money into Quality
The cheap items may look good on the shelf, but outdoor furniture isn't something that you want to replace every two years. Think of this as an investment and go for the good stuff.
Look for high-quality materials like teak, synthetic resin, and wrought iron. For anything that can potentially rust, make sure that it has a rust proof coating or be ready to make this a DIY adventure.
3. Pick a Fabric
Solution-dyed acrylic is what you want. These products are resistant to not just harmful UV rays but also stains, mildew, and moisture.
While durability matters, so does comfort, so don't skimp on this detail. When it comes to seating, the thicker the better. A polyester filling will give cushions the optimal amount of comfort and still be lightweight.
Try to remember to bring the cushions inside when not in use. This will keep them odor free and look good for a long time.
4. The Shadier the Better
Going outside isn't always pleasant. The summer sun can be brutal in the middle of the afternoon. It can also be damaging to your outdoor furniture.
Umbrellas can protect your furniture, not just the people sitting underneath. They not only protect from rain, but also direct sunlight.
When an old oak tree can't be found, umbrellas work well. So does a permanent roof or awning. For something that's a little more mobile, check out cantilever umbrellas.
5. More Feast, Less Famine
Face it. The primary reason that people come over during the summer is to eat and/or drink. While it's technically not a piece of furniture, no patio or porch set-up is complete without a grill.
No one wants to fire the grill up in the dead of winter. Plus, the average person isn't a huge fan of having a smoker in the house. They're not into going outside to check their meat in December.
All of that changes in the spring and by summer there's a "grilling holiday" at least once a month. There's always a great deal on grills and smokers at Four Seasons, so check that out as soon as you can.
Summer may be just getting started, but now is the best time to get your outdoor furniture set-up for the season.