Know your Space
It’s important to consider how much space you have, and how much space you want the furniture to take up. You need to know what function you want your patio furniture to have. If you need the perfect table for an outdoor dining area on warmer nights, you might want to go with something smaller. If you’re looking for a dining set that can host upwards of 8 people for dinner parties on the patio, you might be looking for a bigger outdoor table. If you’re looking for cozy furniture to lounge in, investing in some bigger patio chairs, with cushion options might be more up your alley.
If you have limited outdoor space, it might be best to make a list of all the things you’d like your outdoor space to host or do. Then proceed to analyze what type of furniture might be best for your needs.
Ease and Comfort
Be sure that whatever furniture you invest in is comfortable and suits you. You may save money on furniture that is less comfortable, but find that you never spend time using it. You also want to make sure you invest in patio furniture that will wear well and will be easy to care for. Furniture that’s made with metal, teak, cedar or any other all-weather materials will last longer, and will require less care and upkeep.
You also want to be sure that the furniture you invest in is easy to move. If you intend to cover it or store it for the winter months, it’s important to consider if it’s easy to move or not. You could damage furniture that’s harder to move. It’s much more beneficial for the life of your outdoor furniture to store it during the winter months.
A great idea for helping furniture to last longer, and helping the durability of a deck or patio, is placing furniture on all weather rug. Lots of durable fabrics are being created as outdoor textiles, and placing your patio setup on a thicker rug will help improve the lifetime of both your furniture and wood deck or patio.
If possible, try to find dual purpose pieces. If you can find a cozy couch, that can also double as a bench pulled up to an outdoor table, you’re spending your money most wisely. Comfy chairs for lounging that also double as dining chairs are a great idea as well.