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Important Considerations for Choosing Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor spaces and patios are all the range when warm weather sets in. They don’t only extend your home’s overall available space, but they can also be very relaxing and entertaining. Of course, your outdoor furniture will play a huge part in all of that, and that is why you have to be careful when buying some.

Your Weather

When buying outdoor furniture, it’s best to start by considering your weather. Hot, dry conditions cause some wood to crack or splinter, while strong winds can send aluminum furniture flying in the air. Certain wood types such as wicker are also averse to constant moisture exposure.


Material is yet another crucial consideration when shopping for outdoor furniture. Look into weather conditions, the furniture’s aesthetic, and the type of maintenance it needs.

As mentioned, some types of wood don’t hold up well in dry or hot conditions, and aluminum furniture can be dangerous in strong winds. Aluminum though requires minimal care, along with teak or resin. Wrought iron can survive both heat and moisture and can last a lifetime.

Available Space

Consider the space you have and its shape. Is it long and narrow or broad? Broad and wide? You have to look into these things to know what size of furniture you should get. Of course, you should leave enough room that lets you walk around in comfort.

Furniture Positioning

Besides available space, also look into the positioning of furniture that you intend to purchase. Do you plan to put the piece on a paved patio or on soft ground or grass? Careful with specific wood types – soft woods – which will surely rot with ground moisture. Also remember that moisture can cause some metal to corrode.

User Comfort

Outdoor furniture is a place for relaxation, so be sure that will actually happen. Chairs can be bought bare, and you can simply make your own pillows. Also perfect for relaxing and rockers, chaise longues and recliners. But be sure to test the pieces before actually paying for them.

Storage Space

As you likely won’t be using your outdoor furniture all year round, be sure to have enough room for storing it. Stress on enough – because you can’t just throw all the pieces into a cramped room and expect them to look the same when you have to take them out again. Or just buy outdoor furniture that you can use indoor in winter to avoid this problem.


At the end of the day, what you can or cannot buy will be determined by your budget. You’ll find a lot of great deals on the months leading to fall (July and August) so plan your purchase accordingly.

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