When the weather gets warmer, people naturally want to get outside. For those with patios or decks, they have the perfect opportunity to set up outdoor rooms. The functionality of any room, indoor or out, depends on the furniture. Below are some mistakes to avoid so you get the best use out of your outdoor furniture.
1. Not Measuring the Available Space
Outdoor furniture, just like in-home furniture, comes in a variety of sizes. Whether you plan to put the furniture on a patio or deck, your space is finite. You want to ensure your new furniture will actually fit the available space. What's more, furnished spaces look best when they have a sense of proportion. Furniture that's too big or small for the area will look out of proportion.
2. Buying for Looks instead of Comfort or Quality
When you go to a showroom, you'll see so many attractive options. You will probably see furniture that conforms to a design idea you have in mind — or even pieces that inspire you. Well, experts recommend you nonetheless sit in the chairs. Outdoor furniture should afford you the ability to enjoy the outdoors. You'll be less inspired to do so if the pieces are attractive but uncomfortable.
Similarly, some homeowners follow trends, such as bright colors or delicate legs. While looks are important, outdoor furniture represents an investment. What's more, you'll place it in areas that lack protection. So, in addition to comfort, the pieces need to be high quality. Look for sturdy joints and the use of quality materials. Spending more now may save you money in the future.
3. Ignoring the Requirements of Your Locale
A similar point relates directly to where you live. Think about the vagaries of your locale's weather. Do you get a lot of rain, or will the sun be beating down on the pieces? Certain materials stand up to rain better, while others are better for sunny locations. For example, wicker is fine in hot climates, but constant rain may warp the material. Ask the furniture experts in the store for guidance.
4. Failing to Account for Protection
Outdoor furniture is rugged. Manufacturers construct the pieces to stand up to rain and sun. However, cushions are water-resistant, not waterproof. So, consider investing in furniture covers to protect the pieces in inclement weather.
Likewise, if you live in an area that gets snow, plan for a place to stash your outdoor furniture in the wintertime. Protecting the pieces from the get-go will ensure they last the maximum amount of years.
Avoid the above mistakes, and you'll love your new furniture.