There's No Mystery To Choosing Patio Furniture

By: John Radcliffe

You're all set to go out and buy that set of new patio furniture. Checkbook in hand, you set out, only to find out when you are in the showroom that there are a bewildering array of choices - and confused, you leave without buying anything. Sound familiar? If so, then why not use our simple 3-step approach ?

So, what's step 1? Simple: Choose Your Location. Before you rush out and buy something - THINK. Where is this patio furniture going to be used? Strictly out of doors, or sometimes indoors as well (perhaps in a sun porch)? And think about when you have to move this furniture - is it located in a convenient place? Could you really lift can carry the furniture to that location, or would another location be better?

The answers to all of these questions will determine the size as well as the type of the furniture that you should select. For example, if you will need to carry or move your patio furniture yourself, you will need to buy something that is a little lighter. If you are going to leave your patio furniture outside all year, then it needs to be made of really durable materials.

But that's not the end of the story: consider your location - just how much room do you have there, really? Don't overbuy - if you try to crowd too many pieces in one small area, you won't be able to get around comfortably, and everyone will be bumping into one another. Buy the furniture you really need, but don't overdo it!

Step 2: Choose Your Furniture Pieces. Keeping it simple, you will have 3 choices in furniture: tables, seating, and accessories. As well, you can also choose from various accessories such as swings, cushions and pillows, hammocks, grills, bars for the drinking party, lanterns, outdoor light fixtures and more.

The basic rule of thumb: Buy quality, buy less, not more, make sure everything matches, and is the proper size and weight for your needs. Make sure that you do not buy something that is too heavy or bulky to easily move, if you will be moving your furniture a lot.

Step 3 is the final step: Choose Your Materials. Consider carefully the types of materials used in the construction of your patio furniture. For example, if you purchase furniture constructed out of natural products (like wood and wicker), they will look stunningly beautiful, but if you want to keep them that way you will have to spend time (and money) on maintaining them properly. You can buy natural products like Teak, which wear better, but they are more expensive also. On the other hand, if you invest in patio furniture made from synthetic materials, you might spend less, and it will require less care, but the quality can vary - so be careful. Even if you buy metal furniture, it could still rust or get corroded. It's all a trade-off.

So there you have it. First, choose your location, next consider the pieces that you will need, and then choose your materials. Simple enough? Now you're ready to hit the showroom floor!

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About the author: John Radcliffe talks about home repair and Outdoor Wicker Furniture Learn all aboutwicker chair cushions by visiting his home and garden site.
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