Buying Cheap Garden Furniture
Homeowners generally look for pieces that can last for years. Homeowners should have similar expectations when it comes to buying indoor and outdoor furniture.
Open air living has “green” appeal. It gets you back into nature — and nature you can control with a flick of the garden hose or a spritz from a can of bug spray.
Following a few tips on choosing durable outdoor furniture materials helps consumers find outdoor furniture that lasts. Consumers should also take a few steps to maintain outdoor furniture to keep it looking good. As long as they know what to look for and how to care for furniture, shoppers should get years of use from their outdoor furniture.
Buy Weatherproof Cushions and Pillows
Cushions and pillows are susceptible to mildew from moisture and discoloration from exposure to sunlight. Synthetic fabrics, such as acrylic resist mildew, and ventilated fabrics help cushions and pillows dry more quickly to avoid water damage. Consumers can also look for cushions and fabrics that are treated to block UV rays
I cannot stress enough the importance of buying the best furniture you can afford. If you are economizing, there are some options you have that can ensure you get the best quality for your money.
You can get very attractive patio furniture for less by the end of July and August as fall approaches.
Consider materials that are less expensive such as aluminum or resin, or look for inexpensive woods.
Check out yard sales or thrift stores and buy the best quality that you can find. Refurbished and cleaned, it can look better than new, and might even be better quality. You might also consider changing pillows and cushions to update old patio furniture.
Choose quality, long-lasting materials
Quality is key when it comes to patio furniture and plays a huge role in finding pieces that’ll survive the harshest outdoor elements. Some of the most popular materials for patio furniture include:
Timber: Timber and other hardwood furniture adds a natural, warm feel to the space. If you’re deciding on wood furniture, make sure you know what type of wood you’re purchasing and how to take care of it properly. Look for dense, moisture-resistant hardwoods like teak or cedar as these tend to last longer. Check how it has been fastened together, brass and stainless steel screws are best for outdoors.
Aluminum, plastic and PVC — These construction materials are rustproof, lightweight, relatively inexpensive and require very little weather treating. You can also wash them easily with a little soap and water.
Steel and wrought iron — Both are heavy duty and sturdy but will rust if not weatherproofed or painted periodically.
Rattan, wicker and natural grasses — It’s pretty amazing how well natural materials like wicker look and last outdoors, especially when they are treated with a resin finish. They may require additional weatherproofing every couple of years, though.
Wood — Natural wood looks very attractive in outdoor furnishings. It makes sturdy furniture that can be as comfortable as anything you use indoors. It does require regular treatment with a preservative and may also require UV protection. Choose weather-resistant woods like teak, redwood, cypress and cedar.
Add years to the life of your patio furniture by storing it in a protected location, such as a a garage or basement during the off season. Even the toughest furniture, such as teak chairs or a wrought-iron settee, will last longer if it is placed in storage when not in use. If your storage space is limited, look for patio furniture that folds or is easily taken apart for compact storage.
Search for dual-purposes pieces
Long-lasting furniture is important, but is it hardworking too? Especially for smaller spaces, investing in pieces that double as something else is a practical choice. An ottoman is a prime example of a dual-purpose piece, as it can be used for extra seating too. Simple benches are great for a standalone seating feature, but can also be pushed up to an alfresco dining table for more seating space. Be smart about your patio furniture and you’ll be using it for years to come.
Outdoor furniture should be a natural extension of your indoor look and the homes architectural style. You want the space to essentially be a furnished indoor room – just outdoors, to get the maximum benefits from relaxing and dining outside.
Few accessories will complete the look
Parasols/garden umbrellas: Parasols/garden umbrellas are ideal for creating instant shade in a sunny spot, and keeping your food and guests cool. Can be bought separately or as part of your garden set. If your table doesn’t have a hole in the centre, look for a freestanding cantilever parasol with its own base.
Lighting: Whether it’s twinkling tealights in lanterns or solar-powered marker lights, the right lighting will create ambience and allow you to use your garden into the evenings.
Cushions: Get comfy and add a splash of colour or pattern with some removable chair cushions.
Covers: If you don’t have a shed or garage to store your garden furniture in, it’s well worth buying a waterproof cover to protect it from the winter elements. Choose a cover designed for the size of furniture you have for maximum protection and a snug fit.