What to Consider When Buying an Outdoor Sectional Sofa Unit?

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In years past, living and entertaining was primarily done indoors. Sure, there was the occasional backyard BBQ. But for the most part, dinner parties and holiday gatherings were spent within the confines of four walls. But times have changed, as more and more individuals discover the joy of outdoor living.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Buying an Outdoor Sectional Sofa Unit

In particular, outdoor sectional sofa units are being built with the same comfort and elegance of their indoor sisters, making them an ideal gathering place nearly year-round. But which outdoor sofa is right for you?

1. How Big of an Outdoor Sofa Do You Need?

Outdoor sofas come in a variety of sizes. One of the first things you want to think about is how big of a sofa do you need and how big of a sofa can your backyard handle? We always recommend measuring your space first. This lets you know what’s possible. 

Then consider how you plan to use the sofa. Depending on the size of your outdoor space, you may want to opt for a smaller sectional unit in order to make room for an outdoor dining table. Many folks, especially in the Seattle area, are finding that creating different zones within their outdoor space gives them more options. 

2. Do You Want the Flexibility to Re-Arrange Your Outdoor Seating?

Outdoor sofa sets come in a variety of arrangements. There’s the classic couch, love seat, and armchair layout. But we’re finding more and more that people prefer the flexibility of an outdoor sectional unit. 

With outdoor sofa unit allows you to put the pieces together creating a large, combined seating area. Or, you can break it up and create pockets of seating — an ideal situation for social distancing. 

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3. What Material Works Best for Your Pacific Northwest Home?

When it comes to selecting the best material for your outdoor furniture, you have a lot of choices. The carefully curated collection at Summer House features pieces that offer an exceptional combination of elegance and low-maintenance. 

But, no outdoor furniture is maintenance-free. At a minimum, any outdoor furniture you purchase will need to be washed on a semi-yearly basis to remove any dirt, debris and/or mildew that has built up. 

In the Pacific Northwest, teak is a favorite. Not only does teak offer a natural look that matches the PNW environment, but the rot-resistant nature of teak gives it the sturdiness to stand up to our heavy rains and damp climate.

Another go-to is all-weather wicker. Made from woven resin, all-weather wicker patio furniture stands up to the onslaught of MotherNature while delivering a timeless look.

4. Will You Need Shade to Go With Your Outdoor Sofa?

Even with the rainy weather here in the Seattle-area, we still get bouts of brilliant sunshine. And, sitting outside in the direct sunlight for hours on end isn’t good for anyone’s skin. In order to take full advantage of your outdoor space, a patio umbrella is often a necessity.

As you consider which outdoor sectional is right for you, think about where your umbrella (or umbrellas) could go. Will you take advantage of the natural shade from trees in the surrounding area and only need one? Do you need to be able to reposition the umbrella, using it over your outdoor sofa and your outdoor dining table? In a case such as this, a cantilever umbrella is often a good choice. 

Another consideration for your outdoor patio umbrella is how much real estate it takes. Sometimes you can tuck the base partially beneath an end table. However, you may find that you need to consider a mounted umbrella in order to preserve your outdoor real estate. 

3 Outdoor Sectional Units We Love

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Kingsley Bate Azores Seating

A fabulous mix of teak and woven resin, this outdoor sectional gives you the perfect mix of comfort, elegance, and flexibility.

Kingsley Bate Westport Sectional

We’ve been smitten with this sectional for quite some time. The sturdy arms and deep cushions make it ultra-lounge friendly. Plus, the all-weather wicker and powder-coated aluminum frame ensure rust is never an issue. 

Gloster Ventura Seating

For an all-teak outdoor sectional unit, Gloster’s Ventura collection offers it all. The wide variety of sectional units and additional chairs and sofas, lets you select everything you need in a matching set. 

View our Collection in Person at our Seattle or Bellevue Stores