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How to Buy Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor spaces and patios are all the range when warm weather sets in. They don’t only add to your total living space, but they can also be a great place for relaxation and enjoyment with family and friends. Of course, this has a lot to do with your outdoor furniture, and that’s the reason you should take extra care when shopping for some.

Your Weather

When buying outdoor furniture, it’s best to start by considering your weather. 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 mentioned, some types of wood don’t hold up well in dry or hot conditions, and aluminum furniture can be dangerous in strong winds. But aluminum does require very little maintenance, and same with resin or teak. Wrought iron can last lifetimes and hold well against heat and moisture.

Free Space

Look into the shape and amount of space you have. Long and narrow? Broad and wide? These are all crucial when it comes to buying the right sizes of furniture. Of course, there should be enough room for you to walk around with comfort.

Positioning

Aside from available space, you should also consider where exactly you plan to put the furniture that you plan to buy. 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

Outdoor furniture is where you relax, so make sure that actually happens. Chairs can be bought bare, and you can simply make your own pillows. Also perfect for relaxing and rockers, chaise longues and recliners. But be sure to test the pieces before actually paying for them.

Storage Area

Since you probably won’t be using your outdoor furniture in winter, be sure to have enough space for storage. Stress on enough – because if you carelessly throw all those pieces into a cramped room, they sure won’t look as great when you have to bring them out again. Or just buy outdoor furniture that you can use indoor in winter to avoid this problem.

Budget

At the end of the day, you can only buy outdoor furniture that your budget permit you to. You’ll find a lot of great deals on the months leading to fall (July and August) so plan your purchase accordingly.

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