Posted by Landscaping Ideas on 19th January 2012
Patio furniture can enhance any patio, backyard or garden. It would be a bit silly spending the time and money on building a great patio and leaving it bare – undressed! You have to get some patio furniture, so what should you get? What should you priorities be?
What you choose will first and foremost depend on your budget. Don’t go looking for stuff you can’t afford. Decide the total amount you want to pay – it doesn’t matter if it is just a few dollars or thousands, you must decide your limit. Then look around and decide how best to spend that money. You can make great patio furniture simply by placing a cushion or throw onto a nice big log! Use your imagination and anything is possible: you don’t have to spend a great deal of money.
You can choose from the massive selection of dining sets, recliners, benches and wicker furniture on the market depending on what effect you want to create. You can decide to go completely rustic and just knock a few tree branches together to make a decent solid chair or settee and cover it in cushions for comfort – or you can mirror your interior furniture with the best that money can buy.
A major factor in the decision you make is the climate you live in. For patio furniture you want to keep out all year, go for heavy timbers such as oak or elm which are durable and can withstand most weather conditions. You can get plastic covers for during the winter and severe weather conditions. An alternative is wrought iron, which will resist rusting if painted with weatherproof paints or varnishes, and you can also use plastic covers for these. Weatherproof covers for patio furniture are available to cover individual pieces or whole sets.
Another possibility is lightweight aluminum furniture which you can use outdoors from spring to fall, than store indoors during winter. Much of it is stackable, reducing storage space. You may opt for cane or wicker furniture which is durable, but also light enough to be moved indoors for storage during winter. Whatever material of construction you decide upon there is a large variety of designs to suit just about every need in patio furniture.
If you are stuck for ideas, try the Gardening and House and Home magazines. They usually contain sections devoted to outdoor furniture. If you don’t have a patio as such, patio furniture can be used in backyards and gardens. A patio is not essential. In fact garden furniture can be so beautiful and classy that many people use it in their conservatories.
Patio furniture is not restricted to seating and table furniture. You can also get a wide range of lighting, from simple candles to sophisticated automated lighting systems. How about a patio heater? You can get outdoor fireplaces which double as barbecues, electrical patio heaters or the in-thing at the moment, a chiminea which can also be used for cooking.
If you want to get really sophisticated, you could add a sound system and a … . .
But that’s enough to be going on with I think. You can start your search for suitable patio furniture locally, since many stores sell it. Check out large department stores and garden centers, and don’t just ask for patio furniture. Garden furniture and conservatory furniture may also suit your needs. Ultimately, however, you are sure to find what you want on the internet.
Your home is what you make it, and your patio is as much a part of your home as your lounge or your bedroom.
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