Outdoor spaces and balcony attract, especially when the weather gets warmer. First of all, they are an addition to add to available space, and they hold the promise of relaxation, entertaining. Though buying outdoor furniture involves same steps as buying indoor furniture, but there are some additional things that need to be taken care off.
Consider Your Weather
Does your area observe rain? Do you live nearby coast? Is your town too hot or cold? These are important things to consider because weather do have effect on furniture. Hot and dry conditions crack and splint the wood. Aluminum furniture flies due to strong winds.
Measure Your Space
Check the amount of space required and in what shape. Is you balcony long or broad and has wide deck? Consider the area and shape of your balcony to know the size of your outdoor furniture. This is so make space around your furniture to be able to walk comfortably.
If there is small space then use bar table as bar tables are narrower, and stools take up less room than chairs.
Determine Where You Will Place Your Furniture
In this step you see the place to set the furniture. You decide if you want your furniture to rest on soft ground and grass or on a hard surface such as a wooden deck or a paved patio? It is advised not to place soft woods such as pine on a grassy surface and in an exposed area as the moisture from the ground can harm the wood. Moisture also effect some metals to corrode.
Decide on Material
Decide on the kind of material you want for your outdoor furniture. The three factors such as weather, care required, how it looks can be helpful in deciding. Weather plays a big role in determining if a material is good enough to stand up to the weather conditions.
Secondly decide the amount of care needed. However some outdoor materials like aluminum, teak resin do not need too much care.
Pay Attention to Comfort
Outdoor furniture needs to be comfortable. If you don’t have cushions for your chairs, you can buy or make your own cushions and pillows. Chaise lounges, rockers are great for relaxing outdoors. For stretching one can try hammocks and daybeds.
Have Storage Space
Have storage space for your outdoor furniture for winter to keep in. At times even covers are not enough to provide protection, particularly for materials like wicker. It is better to buy something that you can use indoors during the winter months. Another way is to buy outdoor furniture that can be folded flat for storage.
Consider Your Budget
Lastly see your budget and proceed to purchase. Buy what falls in your range and fulfil your need. If you plan to economize, there are ways you can ensure to get the best quality for your money.
Go for materials that are less expensive such as aluminum or resin, or look for inexpensive woods.
Look for stores that have good discount on their products. You can change pillows and cushions to update old patio furniture.