Summer is quickly coming to an end. And while we will miss those long days and warm evenings, fall brings with it a multitude of reasons to celebrate — not the least of which is all the outdoor furniture sales!
While you may be thinking about sealing yourself inside for the next six months, now is actually one of the best times to get patio furniture if you live in the Seattle area. And not just for next summer. With a blanket, fire pit, and warm drink, there is no reason you can’t keep enjoying your backyard throughout the seasons.
To make sure you select furniture you will love for years to come, avoid these key mistakes.
Avoid These Patio Furniture Buying Mistakes
1. Forgetting to Measure Your Space
We fully support window shopping. In fact, we encourage you to visit our Seattle and Bellevue store to peruse the options. This can be a great way to get inspired. But before you actually pull the trigger, measure your space. Use a measuring tape. Don’t simply eyeball your deck and assume you know what will fit.
Measure the space. Write down the dimensions and bring them with you. As you measure the space, be sure to think about doors that need to open and pathways that need to be provided. One of the worst mistakes you can make is buying pieces that are way too big. This can cause your patio to be crowded. It can make it unfunctional. Or even more maddening, the piece you buy may not fit!
2. Thinking Quality Doesn’t Matter
Make no mistake about it, there is no substitute for quality. Dollar store purchases may work for an evening, but they are rarely going to last. The Pacific Northwest can be hard on patio furniture. So, you will want to make sure you pay attention to quality. Look at how the pieces are constructed. Consider the material and how it will hold up to the elements.
3. Forgetting to Sit Down
You see a chair. It looks nice. It seems sturdy. That is all the matters, right? Wrong! If you are going to actually enjoy your patio, your furniture must be comfortable. Take a moment and sit down. Not for five seconds. Sit for a bit. Like buying a bed, you want to spend some time in the chair or lounger you are considering. Would you be happy sitting there and reading a book or talking with friends for a long period of time? If not, it is probably time to sit in a different seat.
4. Not Thinking About How You Want to Use Your Patio
This is really important. You want to select patio furniture that serves the function you want for your patio. For instance, if you want your patio to be a place to lay in the sun, then you will be looking for a lounger. If you would like it to be a space to host dinner parties, then a table would be an essential choice.
5. Overlooking Maintenance
Like changing the oil in your car, all patio furniture requires at least some maintenance if you want it to last. The question is, how much are you willing to do? For example, if you want teak to maintain its honey-like finish, it will need to be treated regularly and kept from the sunlight. (The second half of that can be particularly difficult for outdoor furniture.) On the other hand, cleaning and maintaining all-weather resin wicker can often be as simple as hosing it down.
Additional Things to Consider When Buying Patio Furniture
A good rule of thumb when selecting patio furniture is to pick pieces in neutral colors. Often earth tones look nice. This helps your furniture avoid looking dated quickly. It also allows you to use accessories to easily change the color scheme and theme of your outdoor space.
In addition to selecting comfortable seating, it can also be nice to have a few outdoor throw pillows. These make an affordable way to add not only intrigue, but additional comfort to your outdoor space.
Ready to take a seat and explore your options? Visit our Seattle and Bellevue locations.
P.S. Don’t forget to measure your space before you come!