This is the second article in our series about finding and buying the best patio furniture for your backyard oasis. In part one of this outdoor furniture shopping series, we mentioned the importance of making a list, trying on seating for size, and ensuring that the pieces you select do not take a lot of care. Here we continue with even more of the best furniture shopping tips.
Patio Furniture Storage
When shopping for the best patio furniture, do not forget about accounting for storage. Most of keep all sorts of tools, accessories and furnishings outdoors and they can degrade over time if exposed to the elements. If you do not have a garage, a storage shed is the next best thing to keep wood and metal furnishings looking great and lasting longer. If neither of those options work for you, consider looking for patio furniture that is easily stowed away, such as folding or stackable chairs or pieces that are easy to break down into more compact packages. Another option is to purchase protective covers for outdoor furniture.
Just as you would do with interior décor, try to match the colors of your patio furniture to the surrounding landscape or big, focal point pieces such as a standing fireplace or swimming pool. Just because your backyard features a lot of green plants does not mean you are limited to beige or verdant hues, however. Pick three colors with one being dominant, a second that is opposite on the color wheel and a third, bolder hue to use as an accent for outdoor throw pillows, cushions and planters. It is easier and less expensive to replace those bright accents when you want to change up the look.
Quality is King
We cannot stress enough how important it is to invest in the best patio furniture you can afford. High quality furnishings will cost more now but will last far longer than cheap, plastic pieces. They are also more apt to withstand the sun’s rays, saltwater spray, pollution, rain and wind. When your quality patio furniture starts to show its age, it can be refinished or reupholstered rather than replaced; in fact, we can take care of outdoor furniture refurbishment for you if you do not wish to go to the time and trouble yourself.
Multifunctional is More
If your outdoor space is limited or you could use extra storage, opt for patio furniture that serves more than one purpose. An ottoman with a lid that opens for storage is always a good choice as it can serve as a footrest or seat, as well. Outdoor buffets can be used to stow dishes, glasses and utensils but also stand in for a bar or dining table. This allows you to buy less but get more from your purchases, and it frees up space in your outdoor living room for your favorite activities.
These best patio furniture shopping tips should help you get the most out of your backyard, patio or deck and keep it looking good all year round.