7 Essential Tips to Help You Choose the Perfect Patio Furniture

8634820124_d3fd2bed41_bDecks, patios, balconies, and even pocket gardens are fun little escapes to kick back and enjoy the beautiful weather with family, friends, or even by yourself with a good book and your favorite beverage in tow. With the right patio furniture, you can turn your outdoor space into a comfortable oasis during the warmer months.

Not sure where to begin? Check out our 7 tips below to help you choose the right furniture for your outdoor living space!

Start Dreaming – Before you head out, think about how you would like your outdoor space to function. Can you see yourself cozying up in a peaceful nook, or would you rather host outdoor evening dinner parties with your friends? Make a list of what you would like your space to do for you and which pieces of furniture could help you meet that goal.

Test It Out – A chair or swing may look like a dream, but just because it looks pretty doesn’t mean that it will be comfortable. Before you buy, take a seat and see how you like the furniture. If the furniture is comfortable, you’ll be much more likely to enjoy your patio than if the chair or swing looks nice but isn’t as cozy.

Opt for Easier Maintenance – Spend your time outside enjoying the scenery, not maintaining your furniture. We suggest opting for metal, teak, cedar, and all-weather wicker pieces, which can withstand quite a bit of weather and look fantastic for years to come.

Make Storage a Priority – Want to add years of life to your patio furniture? Make sure that you store it in a safe location during the off-season. Before you purchase the furniture, ensure that you have ample space for proper storage in your garage, basement, or shed. It’s also helpful if your furniture can be taken apart easily or can fold for more compact storage!

Get Colorful – Just because you’re shopping for outdoor furniture doesn’t mean that you have to choose from a palette of browns and tans. While the natural tones of wood, along with black, white, and beige, look great, you can always add splashes of color into your outdoor furniture to keep the vibe happy and fun. We suggest saving the color for cushions and accent pieces so you can switch them out easily and at a lower cost throughout the years.

Make Them Do Double Duty – When you’re looking at outdoor furniture, it’s wise to see if certain pieces can function in multiple ways. A cute ottoman or sturdy bench can help provide extra seating or storage, for example. Pieces that are multi-purpose and comfortable are a great investment and can help you save a little extra cash in the long run.

Don’t Forget the Rugs – Tie in your furniture by choosing an all-weather rug. When looking for a good rug, you’ll want to choose one that dries quickly, is soft, and has rich texture. A good rug can really make you feel like you’re sitting inside while you’re enjoying the outdoors!

Looking for a home with the perfect outdoor and indoor living space? We can help! Just contact The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties by calling either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298. You can also view our current listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

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