How to Choose the Perfect Patio Furniture for Your Backyard
The best way to have that idyllic summer we all dream of is to create an easily accessible outdoor space for you and your family to relax and soak up the sun. The furniture you choose for your patio or backyard can create a vacation vibe that lets you get comfortable outdoors without having to travel for hours.
Read on for some top tips on how to choose the perfect patio furniture to enhance your summer.
1. Decide How You Want To Use Your Space
Take a good look at the space you have and decide how you plan on using it. If you have a large family, for example, then your outdoor space may benefit from plenty of seating. However, if you are someone who likes to host people over for meals, then perhaps having an outdoor dining area is better for you.
If you have a huge backyard, then you could consider having both seating and dining furniture. The Coastal Wooden Patio Dining Set is available in sizes that seat six or eight, perfect for al fresco dining.
It’s important not to overcrowd your outdoor space so you still get that sense of freedom that time spent in the open air gives you.
2. Make Your Outdoors An Extension of Your Indoors
Styling your outdoors is as important as your carefully done-up interiors. Carry your aesthetic taste to your outdoor space for a cohesive feel. You’ll find your outdoor living space much more inviting when it appeals to your sensibilities too. Outdoor accessories with colour accents similar to your interior décor can help tie the two spaces in. Check out the Aqua and Taupe Eagean Outdoor Rug or browse our collection of outdoor rugs for inspiration.
Set a budget for your outdoor furniture and décor and make sure you invest in some high-quality outdoor furniture for an irresistible and functional space.
3. Pick The Right Materials
High-quality outdoor furniture comes in a variety of durable materials. Each type of material has different care instructions to keep it clean. Choose a material you like the aesthetics of along with a cleaning schedule that works for you.
Depending on the material you opt for, the look of your outdoor furniture can change over time. Some materials like powder-coated steel, stainless steel or aluminum, like this Village Patio Conversation Set, tend to maintain their appearance as time goes by.
Other materials like teak or hardwoods may look weathered over time but still maintain their integrity. The distressed look can also add to the décor of your space or polishing wood up is a relatively simple fix to make it look like new again.
The relatively mild weather in Vancouver and the rest of the West Coast means that well-made rattan furniture lasts for a long time too. Check out this Fresno Patio Set that gives a luxe coastal vibe and is built to hold up in the Canadian weather.
4. Cushions Or Not?
While you’ll find plenty of advice online saying cushions aren’t a necessity, we’d disagree. Plush outdoor cushions really add to your comfort, especially if you’re planning on using your backyard for relaxing and lounging. Think about it, hard, uncomfortable furniture isn’t going to let you spend as much time outdoors as you would like to.
You can forgo cushions if you are hard-pressed for space and are creating a small outdoor recreational area or creating a dining space, although cushions will make your table feel even more inviting.
Performance fabrics like the Sunbrella fabric used on the Rico Four Person Patio Set are fade resistant keeping your soft furnishings looking softer for longer.
5. Consider Storage
Think about where you will store your patio furniture when the cold months come around. It is always a good idea to bring your cushions in for the winter, even if it is just to make spring cleaning them a whole lot easier.
While you can certainly bring in your patio furniture over the winter months, a simple cover might do the trick. This means that you can prolong the use of your outdoor space, especially if you have a fire pit.
Q Living Furniture is a small, independently owned furniture store in an era of tech companies turned furniture sellers. We believe that comfortable and aesthetically appealing seating is key to making the most of the outdoors. You can view our entire range of outdoor furniture and accessories here.