There are a number of similarities between buying indoor furniture and purchasing furniture for your patio. This is especially true if your exterior design plan involves creating an exterior area that is to become an extension of your living space.
Before you purchase furniture for your patio, there are several things to consider. You need to decide how you plan to use the space. A patio design that is intended to be a quite area of relaxation for a small number of people will require different furnishings than a patio designed for entertaining family and friends. Just as with interior design, you will want to purchase furniture that is appropriately sized. Over-crowded spaces are not attractive or functional indoors or outdoors.
While accessing the manner in which you plan to use your patio area, consider how portable you want the furniture to be. Wicker, aluminum and plastic furniture can easily be moved around to create a variety of entertainment arrangements. Wrought iron and wood furniture are heavier and generally need to remain stationary.
Weather conditions play a role in determining the best type of patio furniture for your location. As a general rule, it’s best to buy the highest quality, most weather resistant outdoor furniture as possible to insure its longevity. Investing in furniture covers can prolong the life of your outdoor furniture. If you have storage space available, stackable furniture might work best for you.
Multi-purpose furniture can be just as appealing for an exterior room as it is inside your home. Bench seating with storage is one option that will make it easier to keep your patio room uncluttered. If you plan to entertain on your patio, an island style bar set is a space-saving option that also offers additional storage space.
Patio furniture accessories can be both decorative and functional. Umbrellas are an accessory that can make your patio design attractive and your outdoor living experience more pleasant, especially if your patio doesn’t receive much shade. Lighter colored umbrellas are your best option. Adding an outdoor rug to your patio serves a two-fold purpose. It provides a cooler, more comfortable surface to walk on in the summer. As the summer season nears its end, a rug can provide some additional warmth so that you can enjoy your outdoor living space a little longer.
Weather resistant pillows and cushions are a vital part of your patio furnishings. The color, fabric and pattern you select will influence the atmosphere on the patio. If you have elected to purchase patio furniture made of wood or wrought iron, that furniture will last for years. You can easily diversify your outdoor decor by replacing the cushions and adding pillows in the presently trendy color scheme.
When buying patio furniture, approach the process by setting a budget, knowing what type of furniture you want and how much furniture your patio space can accommodate. Knowing what your overall design goal is will simplify the buying process and create a satisfying patio living space.