Your ClimateYour climate will affect the type of outdoor furniture you select. There are pros and cons to each type of outdoor furniture material you choose. You want to make the best choice for your location. If you live in a rainy area, a great option might be synthetic resin that resembles wicker. Furniture with a powdered aluminum base and strong mesh fabric or supportive straps works very well also. Wooden furniture is strong and durable, but typically needs to be oil treated each year to keep it in good condition, particularly if left out exposed to the weather all year. Patio furniture with thick cushions is best placed under a covered area. Even with sun and water resistant cushions, it is best to store them away in a storm if they are unprotected. Your best plan is to review your climate and the space you want to place your outdoor furniture and make the best choice within those parameters. If your climate is severe in the winter, think about where or how you will store or protect your outdoor furniture. It will last for years if you place it well and take some steps to care for it.
Your SpaceAppropriately using your space is a fun aspect of outdoor furniture selection. In general, decorating experts recommend that you choose a style and colors that coordinate with your home’s interior. Your outside area is indeed an extension of your indoor living space, and cohesiveness is pleasing to the eye. How will you be using the space where you will place your new patio set? Creating outdoor rooms will provide hours of delightful use.
- Covered porch or patio: You have protection from the elements in this location. So you can opt for natural wicker, or seating that has thick comfortable cushions. This space can be like a second living area, complete with a sofa set, coffee table, and even an outdoor area rug to define the space.
- Balcony or niche: A small space is an ideal spot for a little bistro table for two. Or you could opt for a couple of comfortable chairs and a side table for cozy conversations a deux. Even a tiny space can be an invitation to sit outside.
- Outdoor dining area: Most times, this area is near or adjacent to your kitchen or outside barbecue grill. Do you entertain frequently? You will want a table and chairs to seat your typical number of guests. Consider chair cushions if your habit is to sit at the table for lengthy periods. If the sun could be an issue, the thoughtful positioning of a sunshade or patio umbrellas makes everyone more comfortable.
FunctionIt is important to consider the function you intend the space to serve. In addition to the basic outdoor living area mentioned above, here are some popular functions homeowners like to address:
- Firepit: Fire bowls, fire pits, and fire tables are very in vogue at the moment. A fire feature surrounded by Adirondack style chairs or other comfortable seating makes a wonderful conversation area and place for stargazing.
- Cocktail bar: Located in proximity to your dining area, your outdoor living area, or near the pool, a bar set-up is a fun addition to your outdoor entertaining space. Even if space is limited, a tall round bar table with a few stools will not take up much space and is very inviting.
- Poolside relaxation: If you love to lounge by the pool, suntan, or just read a book, comfortable loungers are a must. Don’t forget the umbrellas for shade and side tables for beverages. If you sometimes have pool parties with lots of guests, consider getting some extra stackable chairs that you can bring out when needed.