How to Pick Patio Furniture

If you are ready to furnish your outdoor spaces, or looking to upgrade your patio furniture, read these tips first. 

Amanda Thomas
4-minute read
Episode #162

Invest in Good Cushions

Regardless of the patio furniture frames you pick, I’ve personally found it’s best to invest a little extra to make sure you have good quality cushions, especially if the cushions are going to be exposed to any rain or sunlight. I recently bought some inexpensive patio cushions that looked horrible after the first time they got rained on. Although they were advertised as outdoor cushions, the material was not made to withstand weather, and I learned my lesson. Unless your patio furniture is literally never going to be exposed to rain or sunlight, UV resistant fabric is a must to make sure it lasts more than one season of use.

Another thing to note about cushions is that the more springy they are, the faster they will dry out. If the cushions are made of cheaper foam, it’s not only likely that they will lose their shape faster, but they also may get moldy because they can’t dry out quickly enough. Invest a few more dollars up front to make sure they are made of good quality materials; otherwise you’ll be spending more money in a few months to replace the cheap ones you bought.

Consider Maintenance

All patio furniture needs to be maintained to keep it looking good, but some materials require more than others. As I mentioned earlier, plastic hardens if it’s left in direct sunlight, so the best way to maintain plastic patio furniture is to make sure it’s covered or put away when not in use. If the furniture has cushions, the cushions should be covered or stored when not in use. Steel and iron frames need to have a solid powder coating on them to prevent rust, so if that coating gets damaged, you’ll need to have it redone.

Test for Comfort

Now that you know what you are going to be looking for in terms of style and materials, it’s time to start testing out furniture to find the right pieces for you. Take your time on this step. On more than one occasion, my husband and I have gone to Target, grabbed a coffee from the in-store Starbucks, and then spent an hour or so sitting in the patio department.

We have found a couple things by doing this: First, people are very friendly when they find 2 people making themselves at home in the store, and we’ve met some very nice shoppers and Target team members. Second, some furniture is way better looking than it is comfortable. Invest a little time in testing out the furniture before committing to a set that you find you actually hate sitting on.

Remember Accessories

Once you have your patio furniture picked out, remember to get a few accessories to tie everything together. A rug, potted plants, a gazebo, or an umbrella can all add a little oomph to a space.

The last thing to keep in mind is that your patio is called an outdoor living space for a reason. Furnish and decorate it in a way that makes you want to do as much living as possible in it.

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Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.