Patio furniture adds beauty and versatility to the outdoor spaces known as patios, terraces and decks. It adds beauty because an otherwise blah space becomes attractive to the eyes and versatility because the bare space was made into a multifunctional area suitable for entertaining family and friends on many occasions. But to be able to enjoy these benefits, it is necessary to choose chairs, tables, patio umbrellas (Sunbrella umbrella, Market umbrella, etc.) with value for money in mind. Here then are the tips to achieve such a purpose that will save money on the homeowner’s part.
Consider the Environmental Conditions
The first thing to consider are the general weather conditions prevailing in the area, which is logical since patio furniture will be placed outdoors. The materials of the furniture will be based on the environment so as to ensure longevity.
For example, if the weather is hot and dry, wood can crack and splinter so much so that it becomes dangerous to the users. Aluminum furniture is not suitable for areas with strong winds unless these pieces are bolted down. Wicker outdoor furniture is unsuitable for areas with constant exposure to moisture.
The covering and the flooring of the patio also determines the kind of outdoor furniture suitable for the patio being furnished. If the patio is made of a grassy surface, then wood furniture made from soft wood is unsuitable – resin furniture is a better choice.
Consider the Available Space
Many homeowners still make the mistake of buying patio furniture on a whim – no measurements of the available space, no thought for the shape of the space and no regard for traffic flow to the space. The result is pieces of furniture that are round pegs in square holes, so to speak.
When choosing outdoor furniture, use the same principles as choosing indoor furniture. Measure the space of the patio, make a diagram of the area and then determine the kinds of furniture that will fit into it with sufficient room to spare for moving around. For example, in a small patio with an overhead wall-mounted umbrella, a small table and chairs set is sufficient instead of a large bar.
Consider the Care Required
Choosing patio furniture also involves considering the level of care required by the pieces. Yes, the appearance of the pieces of furniture will add the desired ambience to the area but looks are also not the be-all and end-all of decorating outdoor spaces. Keep in mind that, since these are not as frequently used as indoor areas, the furniture can become neglected for prolonged amounts of time. Plus, there’s also the matter of the furniture being more exposed to the natural elements than indoor furniture.
For example, wooden furniture may not require as much care as wicker furniture, thus, the former is more suitable for people with busy lifestyles. Or aluminum furniture may be more suitable than wood because it will not require staining, sanding and painting.
When the patio furniture has been chosen based on its suitability to the environment, space and lifestyle, value for money can easily be achieved. These pieces of furniture, after all, will last for a long time, will add beauty to the area and will be most suitable to making the patio a relaxing place. Now, that’s something that cannot be easily bought – relaxation right in your own backyard.
About the author: Article written by Kelly Marshall for patioshoppers.com, the leading source for commercial patio furniture.