Patio furniture for every budget
You put a lot of time, money and thought into creating and maintaining your patio. So don't just throw any old furniture out there! Take the time to decide which style, material and pieces will work best for your layout.
Creating an Outdoor Room
If you use your patio for outdoor meals, invest in a dining set. Be sure to find one with an umbrella, so you and your guests don't overheat during mid-day lunches. For more of a living room feel, opt for one or more single-person, upright chairs, and combine them with two-person chairs or loveseats. These layouts are great for social gatherings, and some companies even make sectional couches that can be adapted for outdoor use. Chaise lounges are perfect for reading or sunbathing, while rocking chairs add whimsy and a bit of nostalgia to any patio. Wheeled carts are both functional and stylish, providing a serving area for drinks and snacks along with plenty of storage.
The Right Stuff
There are several materials commonly used for patio furniture – which one best suits your needs?
- Aluminum patio furniture is durable yet lightweight, as well as resistant to fading and rust. It's a good, economical choice for casual outdoor lounging.
- Wrought iron patio furniture is glamorous and sturdy, but requires extra protection to prevent rust. Also, its weight makes it harder to move it around, which is a drawback if you like to rearrange your space regularly.
- Wicker patio furniture is lightweight and a bit cozier than wrought iron or aluminum. Wicker will never rust, but may wear out faster than other materials under regular wear and tear.
- As a hardwood that contains silica, teak is virtually indestructible – it doesn't even need to be regularly weatherproofed. Teak patio furniture is very durable, as teak is one of the strongest woods available.
- Some people prefer discount patio furniture, made of plastic or other cheap materials. These pieces are usually lightweight and stackable, ideal for no-nonsense folks who like to store their stuff quickly and easily.
Regardless of the furniture material, make sure your patio furniture cushions are comfortable, yet strong enough to withstand Mother Nature. Cushions come in a vast array of colors, patterns, textures and styles – have fun choosing!
Protecting Your Investment
Outdoor patio furniture is built to be rugged and withstand the elements. However, it's important to protect your investment. Patio furniture covers range in size, color and material, but it's usually made of waterproof and UV-treated vinyl to keep out moisture and damage sun. Prices vary from $25 to $50 per individual cover.