To make your outdoor space feel like an extension of your home, you need furniture that's comfortable, cozy and inviting. But since these furniture pieces will be placed outdoors, there are some special considerations you'll need to consider. If you're on the hunt for the perfect patio furniture, be sure to use the following five tips to make sure you get pieces that you’ll love for years to come.
Pick the Right Material
Before you consider different styles and designs, it's critical that you figure out which materials will work best for your needs. This is largely dependent on climate since certain materials hold up better in certain conditions. For example, metal furniture is typically very solid and durable, while wicker is more prone to moisture-damage. Teak, plastic and resin furniture are also known to hold up well. Compare the pros and cons of various materials before you buy to avoid expensive replacements down the line due to damaged furniture.
Plan for Storage
Do you live in a climate that experiences cold, snowy winters? If so, you'll most likely need to store your outdoor furniture during these frigid months. Figure out what types of furniture you have the space for before you make a purchase. Chunky couches and sofas might not fit in your basement, but you could opt for a dining set that folds down instead.
Find Functional Pieces
With a patio, porch or deck, it's important to make the most of the limited space available to you. That's why it's best to choose pieces that can be versatile if the need calls for it. For example, you could get an ottoman that can function as a foot rest, coffee table or extra seating. Modular sofas and outdoor benches from Serenity Health & Home Décor are great for moving around seating options in different arrangements to suit different types of gatherings. For dining tables, consider an extendable table if you have the space for it.
Check for Comfort
If possible, take a seat to see if the patio furniture you're considering is actually comfortable. Pay attention to the angle of the seat back, the depth of the seat and the height of the table compared to the seat height. Inspect any outdoor fabrics for softness and see if the cushion inside have sufficient padding. These factors can make a big difference as to whether you feel comfortable enough to enjoy your outdoor space for hours at time.
Create a Cohesive Style
When choosing outdoor furniture, it helps to have a particular theme in mind. You might want to stick to similar colors and patterns found in your home's interior to create a nice flow from inside to outside. If you want your patio or porch to feel like its own separate space, use a different color scheme to set it apart from the rest of the house. In addition to furniture pieces, you can look for outdoor throw pillows, rugs, lighting and other outdoor accessories that fit into your theme.
It's time to put together the patio set of your dreams. Use these helpful tips to make sure your outdoor furniture choices fit your needs and your style.