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What to Consider When Buying Outdoor Furniture

When the weather gets warmer, everyone’s thinking of outdoor spaces and patios. Not only do they expand your home’s total available space; they are also a very relaxing and entertaining place to be in. Of course, your outdoor furniture will play a huge part in all of that, and that is why you have to be careful when buying some.

Weather Conditions

Weather is one of the first things you should consider when buying outdoor furniture. With strong winds, your aluminum furniture can go flying in midair, while some wood furniture can crack or splinter when it gets too hot and dry. Wicker and similar wood types are also totally incompatible with moisture.

Material

Material is but another crucial factor that must be considered by outdoor furniture shoppers. You’ll want to check how it would fare with your weather, how much care it needs, and of course, its aesthetic.

As we have mentioned earlier, aluminum furniture can pose dangers with strong winds and some wood types deteriorate in hot or dry conditions. But aluminum does require very little maintenance, and same with resin or teak. Wrought iron can survive both heat and moisture and can last a lifetime.

Available Space

Consider the space you have and its shape. Is it long and narrow or broad? Broad and wide? These are all crucial when it comes to buying the right sizes of furniture. Of course, you should leave enough room that lets you walk around in 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? Be careful with certain wood types, specifically soft woods, which tend to rot when constantly exposed to ground moisture. Keep in mind too that some metals may corrode with moisture.

Your Comfort

You relax in outdoor furniture, so make sure that is actually possible. If you purchase chairs bare, then you can always sew up your own cushions. Chaise longues, recliners and rockers are also suitable for relaxation. 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

In the end, your budget decides what you can or cannot buy. 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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