There is nothing as relaxing as enjoying a cup of tea outdoors while having a moment to yourself. However, choosing indoor furniture is not the same as choosing outdoor furniture. For starters, the outdoors will be where you will likely host most of your guests whenever the weather is nice. It may then be important for you to have the appropriate outdoor furniture that fulfils your criteria. If you have a very specific idea of what you want, you should look into the option of customising furniture. Here are the five most important tips you should keep in mind when shopping for your outdoor furniture.
Placing any furniture outdoors will definitely leave them exposed to weather conditions, such as sunlight and rain among others. These weather conditions will make outdoor furniture with poor quality to succumb to wear and tear more easily. They will also make the setting look more dull and unkempt, making unattractive for guests to see. With this in mind, it is essential to select good quality outdoor furniture, as they will end up saving you more money in the long run despite the higher initial price.
This simply means the material you would like your outdoor furniture to be made from. This can be a fun exercise if you are interested in or familiar with customising your own furniture. Depending on what theme you are going for, there are different materials that will be suitable for you when you are picking outdoor furniture.
- Wood – Outdoor furniture made from wood is really attractive and makes the setting look homey. However, the wood will have to have to be protected from UV light as well as undergo regular treatment. For wooden outdoor furniture, using weather resistant wood like teak or cedar is advisable. However, the biggest disadvantage with outdoor wooden furniture is the heavyweight, which doesn’t make it suitable for moving it from one location to the other.
- Aluminium, plastic and PVC – Unlike wood, outdoor furniture made from these materials are lightweight. That means you can reposition and rearrange the layout until you get what exactly you want. Furthermore, they are not relatively expensive and are weather resistant, rustproof, do not require any treatment and can be easily washed them with soap and water.
- Natural Grass, rattan and weaker – Outdoor furniture made from these materials are not as lightweight as aluminium plastic and PVC but are lighter than wood. With a resin finish, the furniture can look fabulous but will, however, need to be weather proofed from time to time.
- Wrought iron and steel – Not as light weight but are great for outdoor furniture; it, however, needs to be weatherproofed by painting over the furniture from time to time in order to avoid rust.
Any outdoors furniture should provide or be under shade. A good layout will have at least one of the tables in the shade where you can sit on days when the sun is too hot or when it is going to rain. The shade should be of a good length that widely covers your table and guests so that it may not cause more harm than good.
Play with your themes
Choose a theme that will incorporate background fun and games during the day but can easily shift to a romantic night out at night. The themes should blend with the colour palette you will use as well so to avoid them becoming a mess. If you are not so sure about what you are looking for, renting a few pieces will help you to make a perfect choice.