Q. I am searching for outdoor furniture and all I ever see are sets of furniture that I think look great together, but they seem a little boring. Is it a bad thing to buy a set? I feel like its frowned upon for inside. What can I do to my backyard to make it look as nice as my home does inside? – Jenn S.
A. I am actually shopping around for new outdoor furniture right now. After doing a great deal of research, it does seem like they set you up to do nothing but buy a matching set of furniture don’t they? Don’t be forced into getting something you don’t love. Consider these outdoor furniture tips next time you go shopping, and you will not end up with a boring space.
When you have a great place to lounge around outside, you want to be able to spend as much time as possible there. So make sure you try out everything, and it’s comfortable to you. Whether it’s finding something that is soft, or firm, or rocks, or glides, you want to enjoy sitting on it each and every time.
Think about adding cushions to your chairs and benches. It looks fun, and it is much more enjoyable to sit on.
As I always stress about your interior space, do make sure you think about how you want your Space To Function. Decide on whether you want a place to chat, dine, or read. This will aid you in deciding on what type of furniture you need. Do plan this out before you do your shopping.
Your space may unfortunately dictate how it will function, and that’s okay. Don’t force anything. Make what you have work as best you can.
Get items that have dual purposes. Get a table that doubles as a bar. Find ottomans that can be both side tables, as well as extra seats when you need. You get much more use of your space this way.
Try not to skimp out on spending too much here. You want something that will last, and so buying something that is too cheap and inexpensive will only cause you to have to replace it by next summer. Don’t do that. This is how you end up wasting money on your outdoor space.
This is furniture worth investing in. If you get something you love and that really does last, expect to have it for a very long time. We tend to hold on to our outdoor furniture much longer than the pieces indoors. So this may be something you want to think about spending just a little more money on than planned.
Get something that will be durable enough for your needs. Think about your climate and weather. Think about the location and how much direct sun light it will be receiving. You need to get something that can withstand your lifestyle and location. You also want to be sure it’s easy to care for. Getting patio furniture that requires a lot of care is not worth it. Makes you use it less and less.
Really think about what material you are choosing when it comes to patio furniture. Wood may look nice, but will not last long or look as great if it goes untreated. Aluminum and metal are highly durable and can also be the easiest to clean. Know what you are getting and think about how it will survive for you.
Don’t be scared to add some color to your patio furniture. Look into ‘Why You Should Think About Your Outdoor Fabrics‘ for important advice on choosing colorful fabrics.
Creative accessories are still just as important for outdoors as they are indoors. Find yourself some amazing planters that will make the space look all the more complete. Get yourself an outdoor rug, or pillows to add some texture and pattern.
Where To Shop
Flea Markets are some of the best places to find outdoor furniture. Like I said, if this stuff has been taken care of, you won’t be noticing any of the wear and tear that other pieces may have. Plus you can get something really great and stylish for a lot less money. This will certainly help you avoid that risk of getting some boring old set.
Online can be okay if you really research the pieces and put really thought into the materials it comes in. You may want to read about ‘What To Consider When Shopping Online‘ for help in this area.
Go to a local mom and pop spot first. These have the best deals and one of a kind pieces. If that doesn’t work, then you can go to Lowes and Home Depot. If you go before summer officially starts, you can usually find yourself quite the deal. Which means you can now splurge for something just a little bit nicer.