Posted by Dominic Taylor on March 12, 2014
Outdoor furniture is getting more and more popular these days and you might be on the lookout for something to add to your porch, patio, or backyard yourself. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to relax or planning to hold an outdoor party having the right type of furniture can make all the difference when it comes down to creating the right atmosphere while providing an ample amount of comfort. Getting the ideal garden, porch, or patio furniture to bring in to your home is not that easy as it seems simply because not all of these kind of furniture are made the same. Therefore, in this post we’ll provide you with a few key features to consider and keep in mind as you search for the perfect piece of furniture that meets all your needs.
So before handing over your credit card, make sure that the outdoor furniture is:
Weather Resistant - Nobody wants anything they own damaged and this rings true for any outdoor furniture you might be considering. One thing to especially keep in mind is being aware of where you live and the typical type of weather you may encounter. Since your furniture will, more often than not, be kept outdoors you will want something sturdy and durable that can also resist ever-changing weather conditions. Thus, consider the type of wood your porch swing, swing bed, or glider bench is made from as wood is more susceptible to weather than synthetic or recycled plastic. As a added tip, keep in mind that you will most likely need to store your cushions and pillows as they can be easily damaged during inclement weather.
Comfortable - It’s hard to relax on furniture that makes you feel uncomfortable. When buying outdoor furniture, make it your number one priority to look for furniture that is comfortable, so you can enjoy your time spent outdoors. Ergonomically correct seating and chaise lounges are always a good choice. For the ultimate in comfort, consider adding a swing bed to your porch or backyard.
Stylish - Without a doubt, outdoor furniture contributes greatly to the beauty of your home in many ways, be it in the garden, patio or porch. It shouldn’t be plain and boring. You’ve put thought into your home decor, so there’s no reason style should be ignored when considering your options for outdoor furniture. Use your creativity and pick the style that will match your outdoor living area and that will complement the overall theme of your home, whether it’s traditional, modern, or something in between. In short, choose the pieces that reflect your personality and style.
Easy to Clean - Your outdoor furniture should be a source of relaxation: a place where you can kick back, enjoy a good book or the company of your friends. The last thing you want to do is spend hours trying to remove mold or nasty stains from your outdoor furniture. For furniture that is easy to clean, opt for something made from synthetic wicker or recycled plastic. Both materials are resistant to mold and you can get rid of the stains pretty easily too. You will only need water and mild soap to get rid of any stains or dirt. You can even use your garden hose to clean your outdoor furniture. Your outdoor furniture will get dirty as time passes, regardless of the material, so if you want something quick and easy to clean, choose recycled plastic or synthetic wicker.
Keep in mind that this is not an all-encompassing list, but we believe that the features listed above will provide you with a good starting point for making a smart choice when it comes to buying outdoor furniture.