Here some practical tips for buying outdoor furniture & umbrellas.
- Size matters – make sure you know what you’re getting. Does it fit your living space? What good is outdoor furniture if it is too small or not comfortable.
- Location, location, location – Here in the South, we get more light and heat, requiring more sun resistant materials. MaKe sure your outdoor furniture and umbrellas are made with fade-resistant fabrics. Also, in the South, brighter colors to reflect the more tropical sunlight and atmosphere. The Pacific Northwest needs mesh materials that dry faster (it rains there a lot), and in windier areas such as Chicago) you need more stone and marble materials, so they don’t blow away.
- Check Your Metal – Aluminum furniture is slightly more expensive, but doesn’t rust and is lighter weight. Steel furniture is more cumbersome and tends to rust which can discolor your cushions and flooring. Look for multiple coats of the resin coating. Some wicker furniture also boasts aluminum frames.
- Choose quality fabrics: Sunbrella is the big name in outdoor fabrics for a good reason. Sunbrella makes its fabrics with solution-dyed acrylic, so the color runs all the way through, not just on the surface. These sunproof fabrics resist fading, are waterproof, feel soft, and come in lots of bright colors and patterns.
- Table stakes: Every guest needs access to a place to set a drink or plate. Buy two or three end tables as well as a full-size outdoor table for outdoor meals.
- Accessoriies Make the Look – add throw pillows to your outdoor furniture to make it feel more comfy and luxurious.