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How To | Choosing the Best Outdoor Furniture

When it is finally time to break out of hibernation and hit the great outdoors, you need an ideal space where you can soak up the rays, snooze in the shade, or gaze up at the stars around a campfire. Dressing up an outdoor space can really be a lot of fun, but it takes the right combination of furniture to get you the look and feel that you really want. Comfort and function together are essential in choosing outdoor furniture to go with any type of outdoor space. A cushioned couch that is accompanied by a spacious table and chairs that you can sink into and relax for hours, make an idea outdoor destination right in your own front yard or backyard.

Check out these tips for picking the outdoor furniture that is best for your space with the right amount of planning and organization.

Measure

This one is pretty self-explanatory but in reality, it is all too important. You have to measure the outdoor space that you are working with so that you know how much room you have to design the space. The last thing you want to do is pick out the dream outdoor furniture set only to find out the tables and chairs are too close to the love seat and it makes it uncomfortable for your guests to move around freely.

Choose the right colors

While comfort and durability are important for the use of your furniture, you should also consider the color scheme. The best outdoor furniture spaces have color schemes that are welcoming and comforting while upholding the theme of the house. Couches that are neutral in colors such as black or white, could use water resistant pillows that are bright to act as accent pillows. You should also make sure the outdoor dining chairs, table, couch, side tables, etc. are all within the same color scheme if you are not buying your outdoor furniture as a set.

Understand the weather impact

Mother nature can get along with your outdoor furniture or she can be your outdoor furniture’s worst enemy. When evaluating outdoor furniture so that you can choose the best possible for your space, consider things such as the amount of shade your furniture could be in all day verse the amount of sunlight they would be in. Also consider if the space is a covered outdoor space or if it is a space that is going to get impacted by rain and other elements. Depending on the space that you are working with, you might need to choose furniture, such as an outdoor table that can endure all sorts of weather conditions that your outdoor space may face to preserve the lifetime of your furniture.

Consider storage space

The best way to preserve the life of your outdoor lounge is to ensure it is stored in a protected location during the off season. In a garage or basement space, your outdoor furniture can be protected from the elements and the rough season of winter. Don’t take a risk with what seems to be your toughest furniture it is better to have it placed in storage when not in use. If you consider outdoor furniture that folds or can be easily taken apart, you can even make the most compact and limited storage space work so that your furniture lasts for the long haul.

Don’t forget a rug!

An outdoor rug can bring together outdoor furniture in a way that completes the outdoor set that you have worked so hard to put together. Make sure you purchase a rug that is all-weather so that it is sure to last as long as possible. Some recent advancements in the industry have helped to develop rugs that are quick-drying while still being soft on your feet and rich in texture. Outdoor rugs help to bring the comfort of indoors, outdoor, and help you create the comfortable space you are looking for.

Invest in quality

This is one of the most important tips. You cannot skip out on the quality when it comes to investing in outdoor furniture. You really want to make sure that you get what you pay for and if you are trying to make your outdoor furniture last for a long period of time, quality is everything. Pick furniture that you know won’t rust, lose bright color, become brittle or anything else overtime that makes the piece look less-than-new. Check out the money-back guarantees on the items you purchase and ensure the quality is what you need.

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