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What to Look for in Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor Furniture

When you are in the middle of your new landscape design, you may spend a lot of time focusing on where your perennials will look best, or what type of gravel to use on the walkways. But, what about your outdoor furniture? Have you thought about what will work best and offer longevity and value for money?

Outdoor furniture is equally as important as the flowers you plant because it offers you somewhere to sit as you enjoy the fruits of your labour. Most landscaping experts, like Space Designs, can provide tips and advice, but you can also find this information below helpful too.

Comfort

There could be nothing worse than finishing off your landscape design then realizing your new outdoor furniture is as hard as a stone. So, instead of being able to sit down, relax, and look at what you have achieved, you have to stand around uncomfortably and grumble about your poor choice in furniture. Don’t risk it! Take the time to try out several outdoor furniture sets before you settle on one. Sit on a few benches and chairs and find out the features you like and what you don’t like. Doing your due diligence can save heartache when your landscaping is complete.

Build Quality

While you might feel like you are getting a good deal on that outdoor furniture set that’s several hundred dollars cheaper than other ones, you may not be. Instead, you may be replacing it far sooner than you would be if you spent a little more. Build quality counts for a lot. Pay attention to welds on steel furniture, joins on wood furniture, and whether they have any weather-proofing. The more robust and stable the furniture is, the longer it will last.

Maintenance

Having to maintain your plants can be a big enough job, but what about your outdoor furniture? It can sometimes require as much care as your plants do, if not more. Consider the pros and cons of each material type. Wood may need staining and varnishing, plastic may fade and turn brittle in the sun, and steel may rust. What’s more, if you opt for outdoor furniture with cushions, you will always be bringing them inside, so they don’t get wet.

Size

Finally, pay attention to the size – especially when you compare it to your landscape design. Is it big enough for the area? Does it look in balance? Will it help achieve the correct flow of your new backyard? When in doubt, measure the outdoor entertaining area you have to work with so you can choose furniture to suit.

Buying outdoor furniture can be harder than you think! You can’t pick the piece you like and hope it works. Instead, you need to put time and effort into planning, measuring, and weighing the pros and cons. Then, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your new landscape design.