Summer’s coming, so you should be prepared for many days and nights in your backyard.
What makes for a good summer?
Is it going for family trips out of town? Heading to the beach with some friends for a bonfire? Watching the sunset from a high point in town? Or, is it sitting in your backyard on your fancy new patio furniture?
All of them sound pretty nice, but we’ve got to say, nothing quite beats lounging in the sun in the comfort of your backyard. Getting the right type of patio furniture depends on the type of person you are and what you’ll be using the furniture for.
Whether you’re a new homeowner shopping for outdoor furniture for the first time or you’re replacing outdoor furniture that you’ve had for way too long, you need to know how to find what you want. In this post, we’re going to give you 10 tips for finding the best patio furniture for your backyard.
Pay attention. The sooner you get this done, the sooner you can get on with that summer lounging. Let’s get started.
Finding the Patio Furniture You’ve Always Wanted: 10 Tips
What factors into your decision when it comes to new patio furniture? It could be price, it could be the material, or it could be the style. There’s a lot out there to consider and it can actually be kind of overwhelming. We’re going to help you narrow down your choices so you can make the best decision for you.
1. Do a Walkthrough
Okay. The first thing you should do before you even start looking at different kinds of patio furniture is walk through your yard. This’ll give you an idea of where things can go, what might work stylistically, and how much stuff you might be able to fit/how much you might need.
Doing a little prep work before you make a big purchase is always good for making the shopping experience run smoothly. This is especially true of something like patio furniture where you’ll have to know your way around your yard to know what will work and what won’t
2. Make a List of Styles and Hit the Shops
After you’ve done your walkthrough, you can start to make a list of different furniture styles. There’s a lot of outdoor furniture to choose from. There are many types of wood, aluminum, wrought iron frames and even more types of cushions.
Familiarizing yourself with the benefits and pitfalls of each type will help you out when you eventually start shopping.
You should also decide whether you want to buy a matching set or buy individual pieces. A set will obviously give you a more cohesive look, but you can let your personality shine when you get individual pieces. Once you’ve made these crucial decisions, you can head out with your spouse and kids to start shopping.
3. Sit Test
When you’re shopping around, there are a few things that you should do to ensure that you’re getting a piece that you’ll like for a while. The most important test is the sit test.
Everyone involved in this purchase should take a seat in one of the chairs. Do the cushions provide the necessary give to sit in for hours on end? Remember, in the summertime, you’re going to be out in your yard all day sometimes. Are you going to want to spend all that time sitting in this cushion or on those wood planks?
Doing this will help you narrow down your decision to a few pieces of furniture. If it’s not comfortable, then you can rule it out.
4. How Does It Jive?
The other thing to pay attention to is how it looks on your patio and in your backyard. Patio furniture can be as plain or as ornamental as you let it get. If you’ve got a modern looking home, you will probably want to go with something a little more subdued.
If you’ve got an older art-deco home, then maybe something a little louder is in order. There are beautiful wrought-iron pieces available at most shops.
You might even consider going the antique route. Antique furniture shops are on every corner these days and you can find one of a kind pieces to decorate your backyard with.
5. Keep It Low Maintenance
You shouldn’t have to work too hard to maintain your patio furniture. These things should be reserved for lounging on. The rest of your time in the backyard should be spent gardening, playing lawn games, and barbequing.
Most metal, teak, and all-weather wicker pieces will last a long time. Those antique pieces that we talked about earlier might require a bit more maintenance.
6. Consider the Sun
When you’re looking at patio sets, you should think about how much sun blockage you have in your backyard. Many sets will have an option to include an umbrella to give you some shade on sunnier days. If you have a lot of trees, or if you just enjoy the sun, then you might want to do away with this add-on.
7. How Much Space Do You Need?
When you did your walkthrough in step 1, you will have thought about how much space you have available to you versus how much furniture you need to accommodate your family and potential guests. Get enough furniture to seat all members of your family.
It never hurts to have a few extra lawn chairs laying around for when you have parties, but you can keep those in storage. Focus on a good-sized table and enough seats for you and the kids to eat dinner outside and lounge on weekends.
8. Quality vs. Cost
You get what you pay for when it comes to patio furniture. If you cheap out and get plastic resin chairs and side tables, they’ll look good for a couple of years, but they’ll eventually lose their color and begin to weaken from the elements. This is also true of some wood products.
If you want to be sure about what you’re getting, it never hurts to check out product reviews online. Sadly, the higher quality items will come at a higher price point. It’ll be a bigger cost up front, but you won’t have to replace these items in a few years like you will with cheaper stuff.
9. Muti-Purpose Items
If you’ve got a lot of “stuff”, then you could consider multi-purpose furniture with built-in storage. You could also find something that’ll give you extra seating during dinner parties. A recliner with an ottoman will double as an extra chair if need be.
10. Consider the Climate & Storage
What is the weather like in your area? Does it rain or storm a lot or is it sunny all the time?
You should consider these things when buying patio furniture because you may need to store it all in your garage during inclement weather. That means that you’ll have to consider furniture that is easily stored, which doesn’t always make for the highest quality stuff.
Even the best quality furniture will wear over time if you leave it exposed to the elements for too long. It’s all fine if you have space in your home to store it during the offseason, but not everyone has this luxury, so foldable chairs and an easily dismantled table might be the best route to take.
Sit Back and Enjoy Summer
Use these tips to get patio furniture that you can enjoy this summer and for many summers to come. It’s a bit decision, but at the end of the day, it’s the company you keep and the warm days and nights that make summer worthwhile. It doesn’t hurt to have something nice to sit on, though.
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