Ultimate Guide to Buying Outdoor Furniture

Ultimate Guide to Buying Outdoor Furniture

Posted April 16, 2017

Turning your outdoor living space into an alfresco family room is certainly less expensive than adding another room to your home. Don’t you just love the idea of having a relaxing spot right outside your backyard? There’s something nice about open air living as it lets you get back into nature.

 

If you are thinking of adding new outdoor furniture to your outdoor living space, then you might want to consider some of these things to make sure that you are investing in the right products:

 

HIGH QUALITY

When buying outdoor furniture, some people tend to hold back on spending money on high-quality items. A close inspection will definitely expose a great outdoor furniture bargain for what it actually is – a bad buy that is probably designed to last for just a few seasons or so. You have to keep in mind that outdoor furnishings are just as important as the things you buy for indoor use. Sometimes, you should be more mindful when buying outdoor furnishings. Why? What you use outside has to be exposed to sun, wind, and rain and even some a roughhousing. Before you buy outdoor furniture, you have to inspect every piece carefully – especially if the deal sounds too good to be true. Outdoor furniture is one of those things wherein a higher price is a good indicator of better quality.

 

FORM and FUNCTION

How to decide on the right materials for your outdoor furniture? Easy. You have to evaluate first how you plan on using your furniture and how much time you want to spend cleaning or maintaining it. Aluminum, cast aluminum, pipe or recycled plastic patio furniture will be easy to move around if you enjoy redecorating your outdoor living space from time to time or if you like hosting outdoor parties. Wicker outdoor furniture is great if you want to create a quiet area – great for relaxing or just reading a good book.

 

SHADE

During the hotter months, sitting outside can definitely get a bit unpleasant if your outdoor furniture is not situated in the shade. What can provide such shade other than a big old shade tree? Shade covers. Whether you use a motorized awning, high-quality umbrella or you are blessed with a permanent roof over your deck or patio, you have to make arrangements for some naturally sheltering and refreshing shade.

 

TEXTILE

Some people think that grabbing a pillow from the family room and using it outside on the patio is a great thing to do. Let us tell you now that it is not. You cannot expect the cushions you use inside to adapt to life outside. Most textiles designed for outdoor/indoor use are made from all-weather materials that encourage moisture to evaporate quickly or repel water by remaining porous. Fabrics designed for outdoor use are usually UV-protected and fade-resistant. They will look good and feel soft and comfortable no matter what the weather.

 

For your outdoor furnishing needs, visit Palm Casual’s website today or drive by one of our factory showrooms. All locations are listed on our website. See you soon!