How to Choose Patio Furniture
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated December 26, 2016)
Figuring out how to choose patio furniture can be a little overwhelming if you don't know what to look for. After all, the furniture you have on your patio has as much effect on a space as any other kind of furniture does to any other room. In an attempt to make the process as easy as possible, the guidelines for choosing patio furniture have been presented here in the form of questions. Simply take a little time thinking about each question, and then write that answer down, and by the time you are finished you will know exactly what kind of furniture you will need to get.
- What do you have to spend? Do you know how much money that you have to spend, or are even willing to spend on purchasing some new patio furniture? Even low quality patio furniture can run you several hundred dollars, and the better the quality, the more expensive it gets. Figure out how much money you have to spend on this project, and then proceed.
- What is your landscaping design? How large of an area do you have to work with? Just as you decorate a room, you need to keep in mind a sense of proportion when decorating your patio. For example, If you wanted to have a really large table that would fit 10 or 12 people, it wouldn't really go all that well with a small patio or yard where it would end up dominating everything.
- How many people will be using the furniture? Regardless of the size of your yard, you will want to plan appropriately for your entertainment needs. Figure out how many people will be using the area regularly, and then use the largest consistent number as a planning element. For example, lets say that you have a family of four, but have neighbors that are regular guests. You will want to plan accordingly so that everyone is comfortable.
- What material do you want to use? Think about what you would like to have the furniture made from. The material used can have a dramatic impact on the overall price. For example, furniture made out of inexpensive plastic materials will not cost the same as furniture that is made out of oak, or even teak. Also keep in mind that not all materials will bear the strains of weather equally well.
- What colors do you like? Keep in mind that you need to color coordinate your furniture in much the same way that you do with any other kind of furniture. The colors of your furniture should go well with the house, your patio, and the landscaping as well.
- Have you thought about the options? Remember that many types of patio furniture now come with different options. The days of only having an umbrella are long gone. Instead, you can have an outdoor fireplace, or even choose a table that has a fire bowl in it. Maybe you want to have a seat that is also a recliner, or some other kind of feature. The choice is yours.