You’d be correct if you’ve always considered patios rather European in style. The first patios originated in Spain, inspired by the Romans! So a patio is a fantastic way to bring some class and style to your home.
But the art of achieving the perfect patio lies in choosing the right furniture. And it’s not a case of one-size-fits-all.
Here are five helpful tips on how to buy furniture for your patio that you’ll enjoy all year round.
- Measure Up
Small furniture might seem out of place on a large patio. The same is true of oversized chairs and tables on a tiny patio. So always remember to measure your space first.
You’ll also find plenty of garden design apps that you can use to sketch out your ideas to see whether your furniture fits the space. However, old-fashioned paper works great too!
- Consider Shade
Perhaps you are lucky and live in a hot climate, so your patio will enjoy several months of warm sunshine.
While that sounds appealing, sitting in the hot sun isn’t always practical. So make sure you buy an excellent sun umbrella that’s easy to put up and down.
And if you tend to get lots of strong winds, find an umbrella that you can adequately weigh down on the ground.
You want patio furniture that you’ll use all the time. So ask yourself: what do I enjoy doing? Are you a food enthusiast who loves to cook? If so, a big outdoor dining table might be perfect for you.
Perhaps you are a highly sociable person who loves entertaining friends. Lounge seating with easy-to-add extensions could be a good option.
Alternatively, you might go for aesthetically-pleasing patio furniture. That is probably a good option if you plan to sell your home soon and want your patio to look attractive to buyers.
Good patio furniture should last for years. Go for quality over price, and see it as a long-term investment.
When designing a patio, consider what material you prefer in your furnishings. Rattan is hugely popular and is very durable.
Aluminum will give you a more modern finish and will cope well in any weather. Though wrought iron tables and chairs look beautiful and classic, you will have to protect them from the rain.
If you prefer a more traditional wooden finish, don’t forget to treat the wood to help protect it from the elements.
- Don’t Forget About Comfort
Often, what looks stylish and beautiful on the pages of a magazine may not offer the best comfort. And you’ll want luxurious seating if you intend to spend hours enjoying your patio.
Ideally, go and visit a showhome like this one at Welcomehomeoutdoors.com and try the furniture before buying. That will be the best way to test whether the comfort is what you want.
Many people now prefer to buy online, of course. Still, you can always check out customer reviews and testimonials as past buyers often mention if the furniture is uncomfy.
How to Buy Furniture for Your Patio
There isn’t a science in knowing how to buy furniture, but there are some practical ways to help you pick the perfect piece. Use these five tips before you start shopping around for your patio furnishings.
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