Essential Patio Furniture
When those nice spring or summer days roll around, the first thing that we do is change our habits. We spend more time outside and if we’re lucky enough to have a patio or backyard, we’ll probably want to make the most of it. And that’s when we start asking ourselves about what kind of patio furniture we need. Learn what pieces to buy in our post today.
Tips on choosing patio furniture
If you want to get the most out of that lovely outdoor area that you have, you need the right kind of furniture. Here are some recommendations for buying new furniture:
1. Look at the material carefully
Though you might just use your patio furniture during the spring and summer (and maybe a couple weeks into autumn, too), don’t forget that it’ll be outside all year round. So, we recommend making an investment in higher-quality products.
Wood should be treated for outdoor use. If you’re using aluminum or polyethylene furniture, make sure that it’s sturdy. For plastic pieces, think about buying some protection from the sun, wind, cold or rain to keep them from wearing out.
2. Ask about maintenance
We all see those pictures of beautiful patios and want the same thing… But when it’s time to clean regret kicks in. Looking for lightweight furniture is crucial for when we need to move it around, as well as pieces that don’t require too much maintenance.
3. Don’t forget about practicality
While the decor is extremely important, your furniture should also be functional and meet your needs. A furniture set that looks perfect but requires you to twist and turn to pass it won’t do you any good.
On a further note, we recommend buying collapsible furniture, or furniture that adapts to different events or situations. Extendable tables are great because they open and close, meeting your dining party’s needs.
Must-have furniture pieces for your patio
While the kind of furniture you have really depends on the space, number of family members, and personal taste, there are some pieces that you absolutely need in order to be comfortable on any occasion. These pieces are:
Whether you use it for breakfast, a coffee date with friends, or snacking with your significant other, you need a table. A good table should always be included on a patio. They come in different sizes, models, materials… You’ll have no problem finding the one that best suits your needs.
You’re not going to eat standing up unless you have a lot of people over or you’re short on space. So it’s always a good idea to buy chairs. If they’re expandable or collapsible, even better; that way, you keep your patio walkways clear.
Do you like showing off a bronze glow like celebrities do pre-summer? Or are you one of those people who like laying out to read in the sun when it comes out? If that’s you, a good sofa is essential for your patio.
Of course, you could always consider a sofa-bed if you have room. If not, a model that features several positions will work. And try to find one that fits two people if you live with your partner! There’s nothing like a romantic night, looking at the stars.
Patio umbrella or pergola
Another must-have patio furniture item is something that’ll help filter out the sun and protect us from the wind. A pergola or canopy can be great because they also help decorate your space. You could use them to host gatherings without having to worry about the discomfort of the summer sun.
If you don’t have enough space on your deck for a sofa or bed, a good hammock that hangs from the walls will be just perfect. The best part is that when you’re not using it, you can just bring it down and store it until the next time. They’re great for napping!
Aside from patio furniture, you’ll need decorative elements like pots with plants and flowers, candles or lanterns, baskets or trays, blankets, and decorative pillows, etc. The main objective is to really enjoy your patio and have everything that you need at hand for an unforgettable night.