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What to Consider When Buying Outdoor Furniture

When warm weather sets in, people crave outdoor spaces and patios. 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.

Weather

Weather is one of the first things you should consider when buying outdoor furniture. Strong winds can have aluminum furniture flying in midair, while hot and dry conditions can make some wood splinter or crack. Some wood types, like wicker, also cannot withstand constant moisture exposure.

Material

Material is but another crucial factor that must be considered by outdoor furniture shoppers. You’ll want to look into the care it needs, its aesthetic and of course, how it reacts to your weather.

As earlier mentioned, some types of wood are incompatible with hot and dry conditions, and aluminum furniture can be downright dangerous when winds get strong. But aluminum does require very little maintenance, and same with resin or teak. Wrought iron can last ages and can withstand moisture and heat.

Free Space

Consider the space you have and its shape. Long and narrow? Wide and broad? These are all crucial when it comes to buying the right sizes of furniture. Of course, make sure to leave enough room for walking around comfortably.

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. Keep in mind too that some metals may corrode with moisture.

User 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. Just make sure to try out the pieces before buying them.

Storage

Because you won’t reasonably use your outdoor furniture during winter, make sure you have enough space in which to store it. Stress on enough – because you can’t just throw all the pieces into a cramped room and expect them to look the same when you have to take them out again. Or to get rid of this issue, just get outdoor furniture that you will be able to use indoor during winter or wet months.

Budget

In the end, your budget decides what you can or cannot buy. July and August (approaching fall) may be the best time to buy outdoor furniture, which usually come with huge discounts around these months.

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