The first step is do some brainstorming about what type of outdoor space you want. Do you want your deck to serve as an outdoor dining area, a festive entertainment space, or simply a cozy reading nook where you can relax after a stressful day? Once you’ve figured out what type of layout you want to have for the space, buying patio furniture will be much less stressful.
Next, make a list of the patio furniture you’ll need to accomplish the goal you set out above. If you want a reading nook or cocktail area for the parties you plan on throwing, there’s no need to buy a dining table. Focus on comfortable seating, a small side table or two, ambient lighting, and perhaps a fire pit for cold nights. Conversely, if you want a space in which you can hold family dinners, you will need a dining table and chairs, but won’t need any armchairs or side tables to complete.
Once you’ve made your list of patio furniture, it’s time to go shopping. You should test out any piece you’re thinking of buying. Since you’ll be using these pieces for years to come, you should always sit down and make sure the chairs or recliners you’re thinking of buying are comfortable and sturdy, as well as solidly.
Additionally, look for pieces made out of easy-to-care-for materials such as teak, cedar, and wicker. This will cut down on the amount of time you have to spend cleaning or repairing the furnishings you buy, which will increase the amount of time you can spend relaxing on your deck with your family and friends.
If storage is an issue, look for pieces that fold up easily. Storing your table, chairs, and other pieces can add years to their lifespan, especially if you live in a place where it rains or snows frequently. Pieces that can be quickly taken apart for easy storage are always good options.
While shopping for patio furniture, you shouldn’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Colorful accents or unique pieces can add charm and character to your outdoor space. However, you shouldn’t overdo it. Make sure the colors and pieces you choose complement one another and match well with the exterior of your home.