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What to Consider When Buying Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor spaces and patios are all the range when warm weather sets in. They don’t only extend your home’s overall available space, but they can also be very relaxing and entertaining. Of course, a big part of that has something to do with your outdoor furniture, so you need to practice extra care when you go buy some.

Your Weather

When shopping for outdoor furniture, the weather is usually the first smart thing to consider. Hot, dry conditions cause some wood to crack or splinter, while strong winds can send aluminum furniture flying in the air. Some wood types, like wicker, also cannot withstand constant moisture exposure.

Material

Yet another crucial consideration for furniture shoppers is material. You’ll want to look into the care it needs, its aesthetic and of course, how it reacts to your weather.

As we have mentioned earlier, aluminum furniture can pose dangers with strong winds and some wood types deteriorate in hot or dry conditions. Aluminum though requires minimal care, along with teak or resin. Wrought iron can last lifetimes and hold well against heat and moisture.

Available Space

Look into the shape and amount of space you have. Long and narrow? Broad and wide? You have to look into these things to know what size of furniture you should get. Of course, there should be enough room for you to walk around with comfort.

Positioning

Besides available space, also look into the positioning of furniture that you intend to purchase. Do you want to put a certain piece on soft ground and grass or on a hard surface like a paved patio? Careful with specific wood types – soft woods – which will surely rot with ground moisture. Also remember that moisture can cause some metal to corrode.

Comfort

You relax in outdoor furniture, so make sure that is actually possible. If you buy chairs bare, you can always make your own cushions and pillows. Also perfect for relaxing and rockers, chaise longues and recliners. Just make sure to try out the pieces before buying them.

Storage Space

As you likely won’t be using your outdoor furniture all year round, be sure to have enough room for storing it. Emphasize on enough – because you can’t just stuff them into a tiny room and expect them to look great when you get them out again. Or simply purchase outdoor furniture that can be used indoor during winter to eliminate this problem.

Cost

At the end of the day, what you can or cannot buy will be determined by your budget. July and August (approaching fall) may be the best time to buy outdoor furniture, which usually come with huge discounts around these months.

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