8 Tips – How to Choose Patio Furniture on a Budget
So, you just moved into a brand new home and unlike your old home or apartment you moved from this one has a nice wooden deck off the back of the house. This means you can use it to relax after a long day at work or even entertain several of your closest friends. However, this leaves you with a dilemma since you more than likely do not have any patio furniture.
If you are like many people who also recently bought a new home and do not have a big budget when it comes to being able to buy new patio furniture. This article is designed to offer some suggestions on how to go about purchasing new patio furniture if you are on a limited budget.
Best quality is always a good bet
Just because you are on a limited budget, it is still very important that you look for the best quality materials that will fit in with your budget. If you end up sacrificing quality in order to fit within your limited budget you will likely be unhappy with the overall result. Quality is very important, especially because patio furniture is outdoors and that means it will be exposed to many different elements such as; sun, wind, and rain. There really is no good reason to overlook the quality of the patio furniture that you are considering buying.
Functionality should be a huge consideration
The material that your patio furniture is made out of will determine much about what where you can use and store it when it is not in use. If you chose aluminum or PVC as the primary material for your furniture it will likely be water and rust-resistant, stackable and easy to store. On the other hand wrought iron or solid wood (cedar), it is considerably heavier, prone to rusting or requires a coat of sealer to be applied every couple of years. So, you really should be sure that you are up to the task of the necessary maintenance that your patio furniture will require.
Right-sizing is very important
Being on a limited budget should not mean that you need to settle for much smaller pieces in order to be able to get the number of pieces you may need. It is far more important to get the right size pieces of furniture in order for you, your family and guests to be comfortable. You also want to be sure that the style of furniture fits in with the seating needs of your entire family. Be sure to fully try out the patio furniture that you are considering before you lay down your hard earned money.
Adequate shading is important
Be sure that when you are looking for patio furniture that you have adequate shade covering where the furniture is going to be put. If you do not already have natural shading (from a large tree or awning attached to the house) you will need to be sure that the furniture set that you are looking at includes an oversized umbrella that can be tilted to provide shade as the sun moves across the sky. It should also be able to be opened and closed using a manual crank or it can be motorized.
Versatility goes a long way
Remember to include several optional accessories that can be used in a number of different ways like portable screens, wheeled carts that can be used as tables and at the same time be used to move food and or drinks in and out of the house for serving your guests. Also look at drop leaves and extensions for tables to ensure that you have enough room for extra guests to sit at the table at mealtime. Also, you should look into standalone style umbrellas that can easily be moved around to different locations if necessary.
Bargaining hunting is not a crime
Do not rush into a purchase, be sure to look out for sales and by all means shop around. Like most of what you buy in the store, patio furniture has a season and by waiting for the offseason to start looking, you are far more likely to catch a great sale. It is also more likely that you will find several local stores running concurrent sales and chances are they will be competing against each other for more customers. This could make it easier to get a great deal that will fit in with your budget.
All pieces should blend well with all surroundings
Since your patio furniture will likely be in plain view of your neighbors or passersby it is very important that your patio furniture fits in with the rest of your backyard appearance. It would be a shame for you to spend a lot of money on the furniture only to have it someone cheapen your home or spoil the curb appeal that you worked so hard on to improve. You are better to play it conservative and not get too flamboyant with colors, it is possible to have bright colors without getting too carried away.
Comfort is king, do not scrimp on cushions
Since the ultimate purpose for buying patio furniture is so that you and your guests can relax outside, you want to be sure that you do not sacrifice comfort in order to save a few bucks. This means you want to pay close attention that the set of furniture that you are looking at have large enough cushions or they offer optional pillows that can be added without breaking the bank when it is all said and done. It is also important to choose the plush, pillow cushions that have polyester fill, which makes them much lighter.