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Outdoor Furniture: What to Avoid When Shopping

Posted August 19, 2016

Choosing outdoor furniture is not as easy as you think. Just like when you are shopping for anything you would be using on a regular basis, you have to think about different factors before availing one. You have to keep in mind that furniture does not really come cheap – in fact, it is an investment of some sort, so make sure you are putting your money to good use. Here are some mistakes that you should avoid when shopping for patio furniture:

 

Considering ONLY the design

Good design is not limited to the physical appearance of outdoor furniture. You also have to consider its functionality, comfort, and craftsmanship. A piece of patio furniture might appear aesthetically pleasing now, but it might be constructed of second-grade materials that won’t be able to hold up in a few years’ time.

 

Thinking all materials are the same

In the outdoor furniture industry, there are different materials, standards, and prices involved. Materials can vary from wicker to aluminum to recycled plastic, among others. Each material has different levels of quality – not all metal has the same level of corrosion-resistance.

 

Not getting exact dimensions of your outdoor living space

You might not think it, but measurements matter. Before going out to shop for outdoor furniture, you have to consider how much of your backyard’s space you would like to remain free so your outdoor living space would not appear too cramped or cluttered. You might want to prioritize this before anything else.

 

Not being specific when shopping

When you visit a store or a factory of outdoor furniture, you tend to ‘try out’ their pieces, right? However, do you just sit on them the conventional way? You have to think about how you personally like to spend your time outdoors. Do you usually stretch your legs out or do you keep your feet up? Are you usually alone, or do you usually have family and friends with you? You have to keep in mind the activities that you usually do when you are in your outdoor living space. You have to visualize how you and your family and friends like to position themselves.

 

Not trying out the furniture

Keep in mind that it is not just about the size, it’s also about the comfort. No one size fits all when it comes to shoes, right? The same concept can be applied to chairs and benches. It is important that you check the height of the armrest, the width of the chair, the slope of the backrest, and you have to make sure that it feels comfortable. Chairs and tables might appear to have the same wide range, but trust us – they each have their own feel.

 

Now that you know which mistakes to avoid, head over our factory closest to you! Check out the collections of Palm Casual today.