Have you been amazed, perplexed and befuddled with all the choices available to you today in porch and patio furniture? Well, I’d like to help you – simplify the whole process a bit – by introducing you to my 3-step approach that will have you finalizing your choice in no time. Think not? Then let’s take this journey together.
What’s step 1, you say? Well, here it is (ta-da): Choose Your Location. What do I mean by that? Simply this: THINK about where this furniture is going to go. Will it be used exclusively outside? Or will it also be used indoors, such as in a sunroom or playroom? And if you will need to move your furniture – how far will you have to move it, let’s say, to put it into storage for the winter? Could you really lift and carry it all that distance?
The answers to all of those questions will influence the type and size of the patio furniture that you select. If you will need to carry or move your furniture yourself, you may need to buy something that is lightweight. If it will be left out all year, then you must buy something that will really resist the ravages of the weather.
But that’s not the end of the story: consider your location – just how much room do you have there, really? Don’t overbuy – if you try to crowd too many pieces in one small area, you won’t be able to get around comfortably, and everyone will be bumping into one another. Buy the furniture you really need, but don’t overdo it!
Step 2: Choose Your Furniture pieces. All choices in basic outdoor furniture come down to one of these three types: tables, seating and recliners. As well, you can also choose from many types of accessories: everything from pillows and cushions, to swings, hammocks, grills, and even outdoor light fixtures.
The basic rule of thumb: buy quality patio furniture, not cheap junk. Buy less, not more. Make sure that everything matches. Make sure that your furniture is the proper size and weight.
Step 3: Choose Your Materials. What do I mean by materials? This refers to the materials used in construction of your patio furniture. Natural products like wood and wicker are beautiful, but require regular care and maintenance to keep them looking their best. Some natural products should not be left out in the rain, or left to stand in wet areas (natural wicker or rattan). Other natural products like Teak take the weather much better, but are more expensive to purchase. Synthetics are more durable, and less expensive, but the quality can vary a great deal. Even metal has its limitations: rust and corrosion can plague you if you buy a metal set.
So there you have it. Simple, wasn’t it? First, choose your location, next consider what pieces you will need, then choose the proper materials. Only one thing more is needed: your checkbook, as you head out the door for your local patio furniture dealer!