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A 10-Point Plan for Furniture (Without Being Overwhelmed)

Important Considerations for Choosing Outdoor Furniture

When the weather gets warmer, everyone’s thinking of outdoor spaces and patios. They don’t only add to your total living space, but they can also be a great place for relaxation and enjoyment with family and friends. Of course, this has a lot to do with your outdoor furniture, and that’s the reason you should take extra care when shopping for some.

Weather Conditions

When shopping for outdoor furniture, the weather is usually the first smart thing to consider. Strong winds can have aluminum furniture flying in midair, while hot and dry conditions can make some wood splinter or crack. Some wood types, like wicker, also cannot withstand constant moisture exposure.

Material

Material is yet another crucial consideration when shopping for outdoor furniture. You’ll want to look into the care it needs, its aesthetic and of course, how it reacts to your weather.

As mentioned, some types of wood don’t hold up well in dry or hot conditions, and aluminum furniture can be dangerous in strong winds. Aluminum though requires minimal care, along with teak or resin. Wrought iron can last ages and can withstand moisture and heat.

Free Space

Look into the shape and amount of space you have. Is it long and narrow? Broad and wide? You have to look into these things to know what size of furniture you should get. Of course, you should leave enough room that lets you walk around in comfort.

Positioning

Besides available space, also look into the positioning of furniture that you intend to purchase. Do you want to put a certain piece on soft ground and grass or on a hard surface like a paved patio? If you want to buy furniture made of soft wood, don’t put it directly on the ground where it can rot because of the moisture. Also remember that moisture can cause some metal to corrode.

Comfort

You relax in outdoor furniture, so make sure that is actually possible. If you purchase chairs bare, then you can always sew up your own cushions. Also perfect for relaxing and rockers, chaise longues and recliners. Just make sure to try out the pieces before buying them.

Storage

As you likely won’t be using your outdoor furniture all year round, be sure to have enough room for storing it. Stress on enough – because if you carelessly throw all those pieces into a cramped room, they sure won’t look as great when you have to bring them out again. Or simply purchase outdoor furniture that can be used indoor during winter to eliminate this problem.

Budget

At the end of the day, you can only buy outdoor furniture that your budget permit you to. You’ll find a lot of great deals on the months leading to fall (July and August) so plan your purchase accordingly.

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