Essential Tips When Choosing Patio Furniture
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Patio furniture can serve a number of different functions, especially during the summer when it can be used to transform an outside garden area into a vibrant living space ideal for hosting functions for family and friends. 

There are a number of different furniture items to choose from, including tables, sofas, and canopies, as well as patio accessories like cushions and potted plants. There are a number of factors you must consider when purchasing this type of furniture however, for example the size and quality of any patio item. Here are some essential tips for choosing patio furniture. 

1. Consider space
It is imperative to measure the space of the area where you will place your patio furniture. You will need to choose the right-sized furniture for the patio that allows enough space for you and your family to enter the garden comfortably, as well as furniture that fits in well with the surroundings. Smaller chairs and tables will provide ample space and will not overcrowd the patio area. You will also need to choose furniture that is durable, especially in adverse weather conditions. Patio furniture is often exposed to dirt and mold, and will require frequent cleaning, especially during the winter months. Purchase furniture covers that will help protect your tables and chairs, or furniture that is able to fold away, enabling you to store these items in a safe place in harsh conditions. 

2. Consider design
You will need to choose patio furniture that is of high quality and is made of a material that is resistant to adverse moisture and heat. Patio furniture made from iron is an option to consider, while wicker furniture is easy to maintain and clean. A vacuum cleaner can remove any dust from a wicker chair or table and can be cleaned with a soft brush. Your choice of furniture will often depend on the climate of the local area, for example if it frequently rains or if you experience dry weather for the majority of the year. Certain materials are much more resistant to the natural elements, for example a table made from wood may be advisable instead of a metal table which will rust over a prolonged period of time. If you are thinking of having barbecues or meals with family and friends in your yard, choose furniture that will not fall over in windy conditions, and a table surface that will not smash. If you are leaving the furniture outside during winter, a wooden table may be the more safe and practical option. Choose a larger table area if you are planning on having family meals outside on the patio area.

3. Budget effectively 
Sit down with your family and comprise a budget that you can realistically afford. Consider using a price comparison website which will list furniture stores in your area and compare their services and prices on one page, enabling you to save time and money, especially if you were intending on obtaining quotes for furniture from several different retailers. If you are looking to save money, consider purchasing second-hand furniture from an auction website or thrift store, enabling you to purchase previously-owned items for a fraction of the price. A website which makes use of customer testimonials will enable you to ascertain the best retailer to choose when you are purchasing patio furniture, or you may want to ask a company if they can sent you any samples of materials in order for you to choose the right type of furniture for your particular needs. You will also need to cover any additional costs in your budget, such as shipping, which may prove to be expensive for larger, bulkier items. 

4. Decide on colors
Choose a color scheme for your patio area, perhaps by purchasing an outdoor sofa which will match the colors of your kitchen or any plants or flowers you have in your garden. Consider incorporating bright cushions on the sofa, or using small plant pots to brighten up table-top surfaces. There are a number of interior design magazines and websites which will provide you with inspiration on how to choose the right outdoor furniture that will prove attractive and match the interior of the rest of the property. Using xtralights headlights and Solar lighting can also add a touch of elegance to your patio seating area.

Author bio:
Brenda Panin is a home improvement blogger and a full time mom of two beautiful girls. In her free time she loves to blog about home design and gardening. Brenda enjoys preparing healthy meals for her family.

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