How Do I Choose Patio Furniture?
June 11th, 2019
Maybe you have a blank slate. Maybe you have old furniture and a space that needs to be refreshed.
You’ve finally decided it’s time to liven up your patio so you can spend more time outside. Now, the next question you’re probably asking yourself is, “How do I choose patio furniture?”
Furnishing your outdoor space is like designing a living room or bedroom. However, there are a few additional considerations to keep in mind.
Consider the Climate
One of the first things to think about is the weather. If you have a covered patio in Arizona, that’s a good space to furnish because it will likely get the most use. If you have an open space that is uncovered, you might think about using umbrellas to create shade. Certain materials might get too hot to sit on if they’re basking in the heat. However, the materials you’ll find at Paddy O’ Furniture are durable and resistant to harsh weather.
Measure the Space
Before you start shopping for patio furniture, make sure to measure the space that you’ll be furnishing. This will help you determine what types of furniture can fit in the space. For example, a large outdoor sofa might fit, but there might not be enough space for an end table. Measuring the space is a great tip to ensure you don’t buy something that won’t fit.
Tape an Outline
Once you have a general idea of what kinds of furniture you want and how it will be arranged, taping out an outline is a great way to visualize the space. Simply take some masking tape and place it on the ground in the exact measurements you’re looking for or have already found. This tip is especially helpful for those who like to visually see something before they purchase it.
Think About Walking Space
When furnishing your patio, it’s important to think about the flow of the space. When you step outside, think about the most common areas that you’ll be walking to. Is there a walkway that you want to keep open? You won’t want to cram furniture on your patio only to find out you have to move something every time you want to get somewhere. For dining areas, make sure the chairs can be pushed out and people have room to walk around the table.
Choose Material for Looks and Benefits
If there’s a certain material you like because of its aesthetic, that’s probably what you should go with. Choosing materials that reflect your style and design is important because you want to love the furniture you buy. However, it’s also important to do a little research on the benefits of each material. For example, resin wicker is very durable and easy to clean, which makes it a great option for patios that get a lot of use.
Bonus Tip: Shop with The Experts
Sometimes the best way to choose patio furniture is to have someone who can ask you the right questions to ensure you find something you love. If you’re ready to shop, come check us out at one of Paddy O’ Furniture’s locations or shop online for high-quality outdoor furniture.