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Buying Guide: Outdoor Furniture

Buying Guide: Outdoor Furniture

Patio furniture can extend your living space outdoors and offer comfortable entertaining options for years to come with many different options that offer both durability and style choices to suit everybody's unique styles.

The guide is here to provide an in-depth look at  different options for outdoor furniture suitable for patios, decks, pool areas and more!

When should you start looking at outdoor furniture? 

When it comes to patio furniture, there are a variety of options available, including full furniture sets and patio chairs. It is recommended to choose outdoor furniture in advance to ensure the best selection. Consider creating a layout of your outdoor living area on grid paper and experimenting with different styles and placements to determine the most suitable combination for your needs. 

How much space do you have?

Bigger doesn't always mean better when it comes to patio furniture. Be sure to consider the amount of space you have available for furniture and accessories. Are you limited to a small balcony that can only accommodate a bistro set? Or do you have a spacious backyard for hosting events?

What is your overall style?

We offer a wide variety of patio furniture options to suit your home's style. Our extensive selection allows you to customize your home, and even our most durable furniture is designed to be visually appealing.

How often will you be enjoying your outdoor space?

Think about how frequently you'll use your outdoor space. Will you be hosting many outdoor parties on the patio? Do you require adaptable patio furniture, such as stackable chairs and tables, for additional guests? Or are you interested in a bigger, more comfortable set for unwinding? Always search for durability in outdoor furniture, particularly if it will be in an open area and exposed to the elements.

Now, lets discuss the different types of outdoor furniture. First up, chairs: 

The three most popular types of outdoor chairs are:

Sling Chairs:

Sling chairs are patio chairs that consist of a frame with a soft material back and seat looped around it. They are lightweight, easy to move around, and typically the least expensive type of patio chair.

Cushion Chairs:

Cushion chairs typically come with a sturdy base, as well as seat and back cushions, and sometimes a decorative cushion in matching colors.

Woven Chairs:

Woven chairs, which were traditionally crafted from natural plant fibers like wicker or cane, can now also be made using materials like plastic or paper-wrapped wire. These chairs are often favored for their aesthetic appeal and are frequently used for outdoor furniture in southern regions. Many consider all-weather wicker to be the optimal choice for outdoor furniture in rainy weather.

Do you want more seating but less overall furniture items? No worries, sofas and sectionals are a great option! 

Outdoor sofas and sectionals: 

When accommodating a larger family or social group, outdoor lounge furniture such as sofas or a sectional may be a better option than adding more chairs. A loveseat or three or four-seat sofa can take up more physical space, but requires fewer pieces to accommodate everyone comfortably. Additionally, larger outdoor seating options serve as a visual anchor for your setup, similar to indoor furniture so you can add smaller items later on to revamp your space. 

A very popular way to do this is to incorporate non-traditional seating options such as benches and swings which can add a unique touch to your outdoor décor.

Make a statement with more functionality 

Bench Seating

Bench seating is commonly available in wood or metal, and is known for its long-lasting durability. Outdoor benches are often available in different sizes to fit individual needs. You can also purchase a bench with added storage space to put any extra throw pillows or even pool accessories. 

Glider or Swings

Adding gliders or swings to your decor can create a cozy and fun atmosphere. Keep in mind, if you choose a porch or patio swing, it will require a sturdy beam or frame for hanging. If you do not have a beam to attach a swing to, not to worry! There are many different styles of free-standing swings that are available such as basket swings. For small spaces and open-air patios, a glider may be a more practical option sense they do not need to be off the ground in order to swing or sway.

Chaise Lounge

A long chaise lounge chair can provide both comfort and versatility, while adding a dramatic touch to your outdoor furniture. These are perfect to lounge in the sun near a pool or even relax in the shade reading your favorite book. 

How do you know what tables will work best with your design?

When choosing patio tables, it is important to consider both aesthetics and functionality. Analyze your outdoor space usage patterns and then plan accordingly. An outdoor coffee table could complement the appearance of large format seating where-as bar-height tables are a practical option for outdoor buffets, as they provide easy access for guests to serve themselves. 

Dining: What are my options? 

When eating outdoors, patio dining sets can be selected in larger sizes to accommodate families and guests. Alternatively, a smaller and stylish bistro table set can be chosen for al fresco dining with a friend. Both are great options and available in many different designs.  


There are endless options when designing the outdoor space of your dreams. From what kind of seating you would like to offer to having a dining space fit for a large party. We have many different options to choose from so be sure to stop in our showroom and let us help you design that outdoor space of your dreams. 

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