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How to Buy 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, your outdoor furniture will play a huge part in all of that, and that is why you have to be careful when buying some.

Your Weather

Weather is one of the first things you should consider when buying outdoor furniture. Hot, dry conditions cause some wood to crack or splinter, while strong winds can send aluminum furniture flying in the air. Some wood types, like wicker, also cannot withstand constant moisture exposure.

Material

Yet another crucial consideration for furniture shoppers is material. Look into weather conditions, the furniture’s aesthetic, and the type of maintenance it needs.

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. The good thing about aluminum though is that it is low-maintenance, along with resin or teak. Wrought iron can last ages and can withstand moisture and heat.

Free Space

Look into the shape and amount of space you have. Long and narrow? Broad and wide? You have to look into these things to know what size of furniture you should get. Of course, make sure to leave enough room for walking around comfortably.

Positioning

On top of available space, the positioning of the furniture you plan to buy should also be considered beforehand. Do you plan to put the piece on a paved patio or on soft ground or grass? If you want to buy furniture made of soft wood, don’t put it directly on the ground where it can rot because of the moisture. Also remember that moisture can cause some metal to corrode.

User Comfort

Outdoor furniture is a place for relaxation, so be sure that will actually happen. If you buy chairs bare, you can always make your own cushions and pillows. Chaise longues, recliners and rockers are also suitable for relaxation. Just make sure to try out the pieces before buying them.

Storage Area

Since you probably won’t be using your outdoor furniture in winter, be sure to have enough space for storage. Emphasize on enough – because you can’t just stuff them into a tiny room and expect them to look great when you get them out again. Or just buy outdoor furniture that you can use indoor in winter to avoid this problem.

Cost

At the end of the day, you can only buy outdoor furniture that your budget permit you to. You’ll find a lot of great deals on the months leading to fall (July and August) so plan your purchase accordingly.

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