If you have a patio that you don’t use all that often, it’s probably because it’s not living up to its full potential. With the right outdoor furniture, your patio and garden can become your new favourite hangout. Garden furniture can bring comfort and function to your outdoor space since you can use it to relax, dine al fresco, or even host guests. However, what you buy will depend on the size of your garden and patio and what you intend to use them for. Here are some tips to keep in mind when buying patio furniture so that it suits your outdoor space.
Make a List of Your Needs
First of all, before you go ahead and purchase the first table and chair set you see online, it’s a good idea to take some time to think about how you would like to use the space. For example, do you want to extend your kitchen and dining area outside so that you have somewhere to eat in the evenings when summer finally appears? If so, you will need to start looking at outdoor dining tables. Or are you leaning more towards a quiet reading nook where you can spend your days relaxing in the sun? An egg chair or swing seat would be perfect for this. Perhaps you like to serve cocktails to your guests, in which case, you’ll want plenty of comfortable seating and possibly a fire pit.
Try Before You Buy
When shopping for garden furniture, always visit a physical store where you can try it out before buying. Often you will find the same models online at a cheaper price or with a discount. Since you will probably be using the furniture regularly during the warmer months, you’ll want to make sure it’s comfortable. If you are looking for garden sofas, check that the cushions are soft and plump, but remember to only buy those made from weather-resistant materials so that you don’t have to deal with mould and colour fading.
Decide Where You Will Store it
If you have somewhere to store your patio furniture in the winter, you will add years to its life. When it is kept out in the elements, you will find that it quickly rusts and rots, making it unfit for purpose. If you have a shed, garage, or basement, check to see whether you can make room to store your new furniture when it is not in use. If you don’t have the room, see if you can find furniture that can be folded, stacked, or taken apart.
Choose Colours That Match Your Garden
Patio furniture made from metal, rattan, or wicker comes in a wide variety of colourful finishes, and you are not limited to the natural shades of wood. So, look for furniture sets that match the colours already found in your garden. Look to see whether it will match your home’s exterior, too. If you find the perfect furniture set made of wood, you can even add a coat of paint to make it fit the look of your outdoor space.
Make 2023 the year you finally make use of your garden by buying the right furniture.