Transform your outdoor space with the right patio furniture

Patio furniture can transform any garden area into a welcoming outdoor space. These are some key points to consider when buying outdoor patio furniture, whether you’re hosting a barbecue or a casual garden party.

Types of patio furniture

Patio chairs: Patio chairs come in a wide range of styles and materials, from lounge chairs for summertime reading to stackable plastic chairs that are easily stored when not in use. Try to balance comfort, durability and décor when buying patio chairs.

Patio couch: Patio couches are great for family relaxation when the weather is fine. Look for couches with comfy cushions that you can easily remove when it rains.

Patio table: Patio tables can be designed for dining or for occasional use as side tables. It’s a good idea to have two or three around a seating group so people have somewhere to put glasses and plates.

Patio umbrella: Designed for protection from the sun, patio umbrellas come in various sizes, from large ones that cover a dining table and chairs, to small ones that cover a single chair.

Outdoor patio sets: Patio sets come with matching table and chairs so you don’t have to hunt around for complementary pieces. Look for small bistro patio sets to fit little garden nooks or balconies and large patio dining sets for backyard family meals and parties. A set could include a small loveseat, two chairs and a coffee table or it might have a large couch and armchairs with more than one table.

Gazebos: Gazebos are stand-alone tent-like structures designed to give you a spot of shade in the back garden. They can be fabric-covered metal frames or permanent wooden structures. Look for sturdy construction and enough space to fit a patio table and chairs.

Patio furniture materials

Patio furniture comes in many different materials to complement your style.

Wicker: Natural wicker furniture, as well as the strong synthetic type, is lightweight and strong. It’s a good idea to look for frames in stainless steel or aluminum that resist rust.

Cast iron and wrought iron: Strong and sturdy, wrought iron and cast iron furniture is durable and often comes on wheels for easy maneuverability. However, iron needs regular painting and rust-prevention treatment.

Teak: Teak furniture blends beauty and durability for a classic rustic look. Like all wooden furniture, teak will need regular treatments but will age gracefully over the years as it’s exposed to the sun.

Factors to consider when buying patio furniture

You’ll need to measure your yard space to determine what patio furniture you can comfortably accommodate. If you plan to dine al fresco, then make a dining set your first choice. If there’s room for a relaxation set as well, look for a style to complement the dining set and your outdoor area will be ready to enjoy.

Transform your outdoor space with the right patio furniture
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