Choosing the right outdoor furniture is essential to the comfort of your home. Firstly, it offers additional seating space for when you have a lot of guests, and secondly, it can help to create a calm and welcoming space for you and your family. A lot of the same considerations for buying indoor furniture go into the purchase of outdoor furniture, but there are some additional considerations you’ll want to keep in mind!
Consider the material for your outdoor furniture
Outdoor furniture must brave the elements, and so you’ll want to ensure that you choose a material that works best for you. Wood will often splinter or crack in hot weather – except for teak which is renowned for its quality. A strong wind will send light furniture flying, so if you go that route ensure it’s for a sheltered area or is otherwise braced. Wicker furniture is often a happy medium, but moisture can occasionally be its downfall.
Know your space
As with homes in general, patios and decks come in all shapes and sizes, as do the potential outdoor furniture sets! In a small space, you’ll want to consider a bar top with a couple of stools or a bistro set. A larger space will be able to handle a full dining set, or perhaps even a sectional with a table and chairs. In any case, get out the trusty measuring tape and ensure you’re making efficient use of the space.
Pay attention to comfort
Ensure that you choose the outdoor furniture that you find comfortable. Sometimes outdoor furniture looks a lot more comfortable than it is. Consider how you intend to use it. Will it just be for quick breaks outside to drink a coffee? Or will you lounge in the sun or hours on end? Ensure that whatever outdoor furniture you buy suits your intended lifestyle.
Try to look for outdoor furniture that is a natural extension of the style you have inside your home. Even if the materials are different – most of us don’t have wicker couches inside, for example – you can take steps to ensure the colors match. Try to find outdoor furniture with cushions that mirror the color of your indoor furniture. Sometimes we find an ideal set; however, where the colors don’t exactly line up. This, however, is your chance to get creative! Try to find throw pillows or beach blankets that have both your indoor and outdoor colors that will tie everything together.
Ultimately, whatever you choose, just ensure that you are content. You deserve to have the home and the space that works best for you!