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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, this has a lot to do with your outdoor furniture, and that’s the reason you should take extra care when shopping for some.

Weather

Weather is one of the first things you should consider when buying outdoor furniture. With strong winds, your aluminum furniture can go flying in midair, while some wood furniture can crack or splinter when it gets too hot and dry. Certain wood types such as wicker are also averse to constant moisture exposure.

Material

Yet another crucial consideration for furniture shoppers is material. You’ll want to look into the care it needs, its aesthetic and of course, how it reacts to your weather.

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. Aluminum though requires minimal care, along with teak or resin. Wrought iron can last ages and can withstand moisture and heat.

Your 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.

Furniture Positioning

On top of available space, the positioning of the furniture you plan to buy should also be considered beforehand. Are you thinking of putting a piece on a tough surface such as a wooden deck, or on soft ground and grass? Be careful with certain wood types, specifically soft woods, which tend to rot when constantly exposed to ground moisture. Also remember that moisture can cause some metal to corrode.

User Comfort

You relax in outdoor furniture, so make sure that is actually possible. Chairs can be bought bare, and you can simply make your own pillows. Also nice for relaxing are recliners, rockers and chaise longues. But be sure to test the pieces before actually paying for them.

Storage Space

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 simply purchase outdoor furniture that can be used indoor during winter to eliminate this problem.

Budget

In the end, your budget decides what you can or cannot buy. There will be lots of attractive discounts as fall approaches (July and August) so plan to make your purchases around that time.

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