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The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Furniture and Patio Sets

Ready to transform your outdoor space into a haven of relaxation or entertainment? It all starts with choosing the right furniture. From lounging in the sun to hosting memorable gatherings, selecting the perfect pieces can elevate your outdoor experience. In this ultimate guide to outdoor furniture and patio sets, we’ll share everything you need to know to create an outdoor oasis.

Assess Your Outdoor Space

Grab a tape measure and see how much space you have to work with. Measure the total area that will be occupied by furniture, taking into account the flow of traffic. If you’re adding furniture to a porch or patio, make sure that access to your home’s door or other access points aren’t hindered. If you plan to entertain with patio sets, consider grouping pieces closer together for a more intimate setting. Also keep in mind space for accent pieces like outdoor rugs, fire pits or tables, and lighting when taking your measurements.

Weather conditions and climate will also factor into the placement of your outdoor furniture. Notice which direction your outdoor space is oriented — see if your furniture will be exposed to direct sunlight, or in the path of typical wind patterns. And, if you live in an area that experiences extreme weather events, you’ll need a safe place to store or anchor your outdoor furniture when it’s not in use.

Types of Outdoor Furniture

There are several types of outdoor and patio furniture. Some are designed to accommodate guests, while others offer a cozy spot to read or lounge in the sun. Popular types of outdoor furniture include:

  • Lounge chairs or chaise lounges
  • Dining sets
  • Sectional sofas or conversation sets
  • Benches
  • Outdoor bar sets

Just like indoor furniture, these outdoor versions come in a wide variety of sizes and materials to suit different styles and spaces.

Materials and Durability

Outdoor furniture and patio sets need to be made of materials that are resistant to the elements – particularly moisture and UV rays. Wood like teak, cedar, and eucalyptus are resistant to wear and tear from the weather, and when finished with protectants, hold up well throughout the years. Choose metals like aluminum, steel, or wrought iron that are treated with protective coating to avoid rusting. Other popular materials for outdoor pieces include: wicker, rattan, plastic, resin, and fabrics like Olefin and Sunbrella.

Maintenance and Care

Follow the care instructions on the manufacturer’s label for each piece of your outdoor furniture. Clean surfaces as needed, and store pillows or cushions during seasons of infrequent use. Wood and metal may need to be retreated with weather-proofing coating as needed, or on a schedule in accordance with the materials. To keep all of your outdoor furniture looking its best, aim to keep it out of direct sunlight and under the protection of a cover to shield it from the rain.

Style and Design

Outdoor spaces are an extension of your home, and can be incorporated into your overall decorating style. Harmonize your outdoor furniture or patio sets with the aesthetic of your home’s architecture and landscaping, while keeping it cohesive with the rest of your home. Mix and match furniture colors and materials just as you would inside of your home to add depth. And, accessories like cushions, rugs, and umbrellas offer pops of contrasting colors or textures to add even more visual appeal.

Maximize Comfort and Functionality

Finally, you’ll want to create a comfortable space that’s inviting and enjoyable. Choose pieces that are both stylish and practical for the purpose they will serve. Invest in high-quality pieces that are designed to last a lifetime, and enjoy them for years to come. Incorporate storage pieces like ottomans or decorative deck boxes to store pillows and cushions to round out the look.

Finding Your Outdoor Furniture

At Furniture Source International, we understand the importance of functional comfort – both indoors and outdoors. Our pieces are curated from a top selection of furniture brands, ranging from modern to traditional. We can help you find the perfect outdoor furniture or patio set that fits your home, family, and budget. Come see us at our large showroom and find the components to your outdoor oasis that you’ve been looking for.

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