Top Questions To Ask Before Purchasing Furniture at a Patio Store
September 21st, 2021
Finding the right outdoor patio furniture involves much more than reacting to a look you like. Smart consumers also consider the additional variables that affect the longevity and function of their furniture.
Outdoor furniture should not only be attractive and functional, it should also be long-lasting. Here are some of the top questions you should ask on your next visit to a patio store near you.
What Are the Dimensions of Each Piece?
Imagine how disappointing it would be to find the perfect sectional only to find it doesn’t fit your outdoor space. You must measure the size of your patio or deck and ask the exact dimension of each piece you are considering buying to know they will fit.
Tip: Map out your patio on a piece of paper and bring that with you to the patio store. At Paddy O’ Furniture, our experienced design staff can guide you toward the right dimensions for your new outdoor furniture and help you decide what pieces fit best.
Is the Furniture Customizable?
You might experience a similar level of disappointment if you see a piece you really like, but it is in a color that you aren’t fond of. Instead of walking away, ask if the furniture is customizable.
Unfortunately, customization oftentimes means additional wait time and a higher cost. Even minor changes, such as the color of the cushions, can add weeks or months to the expected delivery date of your furniture.
However, that’s not the case when you shop at Paddy O’ Furniture. You can personalize your furniture by simply selecting your style, choosing your pieces, and then selecting your favorite color or pattern from our wide selection of cushions and pillows.
Is This Furniture Right For Your Outdoor Space?
Not all designs work for all settings. For example, chairs with skinny legs don’t always fare well on wood decks. This is another place our expert design team can help you make practical and appropriate choices based on your individual needs and home environment.
What If the Furniture Doesn’t Fit or I Simply Don’t Like It?
Unlike custom furniture ordered from most patio stores, which you are likely stuck with, personalized furniture from Paddy O’ can be returned or exchanged within seven days of delivery. If you need a smaller dining table, a sofa instead of the loveseat you bought, or if the Turquoise cushions are too bright in your backyard, we will help you. Paddy O’ is the place to go.
Do You Offer Designer Consultation?
An experienced designer will notice details in your outdoor space that you might overlook. Our Exterior Design Guides will listen to you and assist you in arranging furniture to maximize your outdoor living area, create the optimal traffic flow, enhance views, advise on color combinations, and even make use of that little nook you’ve neglected all this time. We can do this in person, via teleconference or in our showrooms if you bring your images and measurements.
What Maintenance is Necessary for Each Piece?
Proper maintenance adds life to your outdoor patio furniture. That’s why this is one of the most critical questions to ask while shopping for it. A professional vendor will inquire whether your furniture will be left outside all year or whether it will be in a shaded area or exposed to direct sunlight.
Consider how much time you are willing to devote to the care and upkeep of your furnishings. Some frames can simply be hosed down, while others may require sealing regularly.
The waterproof and stain-resistant fabric on the Bliss cushion is more resilient than other fabrics. Given the weather conditions it must endure, outdoor furniture may be just as expensive as interior furniture. A quality protectant and a patio duster will keep your furniture looking excellent while protecting your investment for years to come.
What Warranties Do You Offer, and Who Administers Them?
Paddy O’ Furniture designs and develops our own furniture, which allows us to provide exceptional quality at an unrivaled value – with the industry’s best warranties. Others near you may sell a name brand you may or may not have heard of, but they hope you don’t have any difficulties.
If you do, you will likely be given a toll-free number to call, and you will be responsible for returning the furniture to the factory. At Paddy O’, we have our own dedicated customer service team, and if you ever have an issue, we will be there to help you every step of the way.
Do You Charge for Delivery?
There is no such thing as free delivery, despite what you may have been told. Every delivery service has a real cost, and that cost is either explicitly defined or it’s built into the price of your furniture.
We are happy to offer skilled white glove delivery at a reasonable price in our local showroom areas. We also ship throughout the continental United States, with variable pricing for drop shipments and white glove delivery.
Can I Get This Cheaper?
Though it may be tempting, don’t automatically go for the lowest price on outdoor furniture. The truly cheap material is usually light and flimsy. Often this furniture cannot withstand a year’s worth of weather because it is not built to last. Receiving a low price loses its value when you have to replace your patio furniture every couple of years. Instead, look to get the best quality and value for your money.
We design and develop our own furniture collections. You won’t find the exact piece at a competing patio or big box store. You may find something cheaper with a similar design, but it will not have the same quality, nor the same warranties.
How Do I Know I’m Getting the Best Price From You?
We believe in pricing transparency at Paddy O’ Furniture. Every day, we provide outstanding value and do not negotiate rates. So whether you spend a few hundred dollars or several thousand dollars, you always know you got our best price.
We also proudly provide a price match guarantee on all of our products, so you can buy knowing you are getting great value at our best price.
Look to Paddy O’ Furniture for Real Value and Style
Choose a Paddy O’ Furniture showroom near you and make the most of your outdoor spaces. We know the quality of each piece – we designed it – and we can tell you exactly where our products work best in your home.
Take advantage of our design consultations for individual space planning, furniture selection and color choices. Our core purpose is to assist you in defining your space and helping you select the furniture that adds style and functionality to your home – so your backyard, deck or balcony becomes the place where everyone wants to gather for years to come.