298 Eclectic Patio Furniture and Outdoor Furniture
Looking to outfit your patio space? Whether you plan to use it for warm-weather entertaining or your morning coffee, furnishing your outdoor space correctly is key for appropriate function and style. Be sure you’re aware of your home’s weather patterns, how you plan to use the area and your style preferences before you make your patio furniture purchase.
What types of furniture should you consider? Options are aplenty when it comes to outdoor furniture, so consider how often you’ll use it, your budget and storage options if year-round use isn’t an option. If you plan on entertaining often or using the space daily, comfort and durability are essential. Like typical living room furniture, you can choose from chairs, dining tables, loveseats, ottomans and storage chests, and even hammocks and swings. Look for cushions with springs and soft fabric, or lounge chairs with maximum comfort. If you only plan to use your patio here and there, think about investing in a few basic items instead of going all out. Don’t forget if you live in a climate with cold winters, you’ll need room to store all of your outdoor furniture when the snow comes.
What styles should you consider? This depends on your aesthetic preference as well as the weather in the area you live. Choose steel furniture with clean lines for a contemporary look that is sturdy and durable but will require a protective finish to prevent rust. Or, go with wicker lounge chairs with deluxe cushions for a luxurious set-up that is lightweight and flexible but will require all-weather fabrics and the occasional dusting. Wrought iron furniture will provide a timeless and classic look in a wide range of design; however, it’s extremely heavy and you may need to occasionally apply touch-up paint if cracks appear.
What materials are best? The outdoors can be a harsh environment so be sure your patio furniture is ready to stand the test of nature. Seek out cushions with polyester fibers that filter air through the cushion and choose patterns that won’t mildew or dirty easily. If you’re placing your furniture in a fairly windy area, be sure it’s constructed with heavy materials, such as wood or wrought iron, so it stays put. If wind isn’t a factor and you’d prefer the furniture to be portable, think aluminum, plastic, wicker or rattan for stylish options that can be moved around easily.
How can you protect from sunlight? Don’t forget: both your furniture AND you need protection from sunlight when it comes to the patio. Consider adding an umbrella or awning to your patio to so furniture and fabrics don’t fade. Table umbrellas are perfect for protecting your dining space, while market umbrellas will cover a larger area. A retractable awning is a great option for versatile coverage depending on the weather. Don’t forget your cushion upholstery: look for outdoor fabrics that are made to withstand sunlight to prevent them from wearing or fading over time.
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