With so many people stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are looking to find ways to get outside without having to leave their property or venture into an area with too many people. One great way to do this is to invest in your outdoor spaces by getting some comfortable and beautiful outdoor furniture. But if you’ve never had outdoor furniture before, or have had bad experiences with outdoor furniture, you might be intimidated by making a purchase.
To help you in figuring all this out, here are three tips for picking the right outdoor furniture.
Choose A Durable Material
Before you buy outdoor furniture, you should first think about what kind of materials you want your furniture to be made out of.
While you’ll want something that’s comfortable and looks nice, you’ll also want something that’s going to be durable and low maintenance. According to Jessica Bennett, a contributor to Better Homes and Gardens shares that metal, cedar, teak, and wicker that’s meant for all-weather are often found to be the best durable materials for outdoor furniture. Keep in mind, however, that the weather of your particular area should dictate to you if one material will actually be superior to another. For example, if you live in a very wet climate, you might want to stick with metal furniture so you don’t have to worry so much.
Know Where You Can Store Them
Unless you live in an area where you can comfortably sit outside all year long, you’re likely going to need to store your outdoor furniture during part of the year or when the weather is bad. Because of this, you’ll want to ensure that you have an area on your property when you can easily store the pieces you’ve acquired.
According to Abe Abbas, a contributor to The Spruce, if you don’t have space available to house large pieces of furniture in order to protect them from bad weather, you may want to consider getting furniture that easily breaks down into smaller pieces or is collapsible. This will help to save you space and will ensure that your outdoor furniture stands the test of time rather than deteriorating due to exposure.
Keep Things Simple At First
As you start getting furniture pieces for your outdoor space, you may be tempted to fill all of your available space. But according to Amanda Lauren, a contributor to Forbes.com, you should try to keep things simple at first. If you find that you love spending time in your outdoor space and want to get additional pieces that will make your experience better or more enjoyable, you’ll then have some experience to draw from in picking new pieces to add to your collection.
If you’re wanting to create an outdoor living space on your property, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you pick the right furniture for your needs.