Enjoying The Outdoors, One Patio At A Time

Enjoying The Outdoors, One Patio At A Time


Once the month of June rolls around, homeowners are able to spend more time outside of their homes than inside. Sure, hot days, rain, bugs, and other petty annoyances can nix those plans, but when conditions are favorable chaise loungethere isn’t anything better to do than being able to sit outside, reading a book while relaxing on your comfortable patio furniture.

Outdoor furniture has certainly become more sophisticated over the years as people want to bring indoor comfort outside. No web folding chairs for the outdoor enthusiast, rather a chaise lounge, outdoor bars, and even patio heaters to ward off nighttime chill are some of the favorite fixtures for decks, patios, and other outdoor gathering spots.

When shopping for outdoor furniture, there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind:

1. How much furniture and where to put it? If you have an area in mind where you want your furniture to be placed, then lay out the number of seats you need for entertaining. A mix/match of chairs and couches will do, furniture which can be easily moved around and doesn’t need to be covered when it rains.

2. What kind of care and what type of warranty is included? Will your furniture have to be covered in the event that it rains or will simply bringing in the cushions be all that you need to do? Water resistance is the key; also consider how your furniture will hold up down through the years from direct sunlight.

3. What style furniture do you want? Wicker has remained popular through the years, while wrought iron and wood have their place too. Many homeowners prefer durable polymer furniture, finding these pieces to be especially weather resistant and easier to move.

4. Where will you shop for furniture? Lots of stores have outdoor furniture on display this time of year, but not all furniture is created equally nor priced similarly. Find the style of furniture you want and then shop for the best price. Consider customer service too — if a piece breaks will the store accept your return or will you have to deal with the manufacturer directly?

The best buys for outdoor furniture are toward the end of the season which is usually any time after July 4th. Though there is plenty of summer weather left, stores begin to slash prices in a bid to move inventory to make way for Fall items. If you are looking to save additional money, consider an “eclectic” look of mix and match pieces — you’ll save money while still enjoying what you own.


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Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".