Your patio is where you will spend a lot of time in when the weather is good. So be sure to prepare a few pieces of good furniture for your own enjoyment. There are different types of furniture in the market that you can choose from. Here are some quick buying tips.
Tip 1: Take precise measurements.
Patio furniture can range from individual chairs to complete dining sets. So make sure that you are clear about where you want to place the furniture. You do not want your furnishing to be taking up too much room.
Tip 2: Be clear about your goals.
What are your activities when you are in the patio? Do you read alone? Or do you usually enjoy having a few friends over to have a chat with you over a few drinks? If you are usually spending time alone in the patio, then sometimes a lounger or a one-piece furniture would be most ideal. But if you are planning on having social gatherings in the patio, a dining set will be more appropriate.
Tip 3: Choose materials wisely.
Furniture is usually made from wood, iron, plastic or rattan (cane). Since the patio is outdoors, you want to choose materials that will be able to withstand the conditions outside. For example, instead of choosing normal wood, you may wish to choose teak. Teak is a little more expensive (for good reason) as it is more durable. If budget is a concern, consider buying plastic furniture.
Tip 4: Buy from wholesalers for better discounts.
Furniture wholesalers usually offer better pricing, but they do require you to make a minimum purchase (check with wholesaler). If possible, buy your patio furniture together with all your other furniture. That way, you get to enjoy volume discounts. Wholesalers from Indonesia, Philippines and China usually offer better discounts.
Tip 5: Attention to design.
Be clear, from day 1, about the type of design that you want. Do you prefer a more modern look? Or do you prefer a more traditional design? Having a clear idea helps you spot the designs that you want as you are browsing. If you see something you like, you can immediately shortlist the item, and maybe even buy it on the spot.
Tip 6: Choose something that is easy to maintain.
In general, there are two items that you will have to look after – the furniture frame and the cushioning (if any). If you find it a hassle to have to bring the cushions every time it rains, you may have to choose something (like a teak bench) that does not have cushions. Cushions need to be washed regularly and are not meant to be set in the outdoors indefinitely.
As for the furniture frame, make sure that protective layers are applied regardless of the material. Iron can rust, but it can be protected with layers of primer paints. Wood will rot, but it can also be protected with varnishing.
Tip 7: Price is not everything.