Why Buy Local vs. Costco Outdoor Furniture?

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When you’re creating an extension of your home is an investment. When you turn your outdoor space into a multi-season room, you effectively increase your home’s square footage without adding on. But, it takes the right pieces of outdoor furniture to transform a patio into a space the whole family will love. 

Could you buy Home Depot outdoor furniture or Costco outdoor furniture? Certainly. There’s a lot to be said for bulk discount stores. We like our discount wines and bags of avocados as much as the next Seattleite. But when you’re making an investment purchase, it’s important to do your research and not just snag the first budget-friendly patio furniture you see.

Because while Costco outdoor furniture has an appealing price tag, especially when compared to the best patio furniture sets for sale, purchasing an outdoor patio set isn’t just about dollars and cents. It’s about buying something that will be comfortable season after season, year after year. 

2 Things to Consider When Looking at Costco Outdoor Furniture

1. Does Costco Patio Furniture Come in the Material You Want?

The vast majority of Costco patio furniture sets are all-weather resin wicker. This is one of the materials that we carry at Summer House too. And with a powder-coated, rust-free aluminum frame, it can be a great addition to your yard. 

That being said, you may be in the market for teak patio furniture or wrought iron patio furniture — which Costco doesn’t generally carry. 

2. How Does Delivery & Install Work?

While you can buy patio furniture from Costco in the store and lug it home yourself, that can require multiple trips or a very large truck/moving van. When you get your patio furniture delivered by Costco it typically arrives in multiple large boxes which are delivered to the curb or front door of your home. 

What to Look for in High-Quality, Durable Patio Furniture

Most people purchase their patio furniture based how it looks. And that’s certainly an important factor. You want your patio furniture to be visually pleasing. But in order to pick patio furniture that you’ll be happy with, there are some other considerations. These include:


Low-quality teak. Poorly finished powder-coated aluminum. Flimsy plastic. These materials are likely to corrode and break down over time. Not to mention flimsy plastic just looks like flimsy plastic. 

If you’re buying patio furniture for a single-day or single-season use, you may not be as worried about its durability. But if you’re buying patio furniture that can withstand a Pacific Northwest winter for multiple years, then you want to consider its durability. 


It’s easy to get stuck thinking about the one way a piece of patio furniture is meant to be used. An outdoor dining chair is an outdoor dining chair. But what if it was comfortable enough to also be a lounger?

An end table is just an end table, right? Well, maybe. What if it was sturdy enough to also be a stool in a pinch. Making sure the items you select can fill multiple purposes can help you get more use out of your patio. 

Classic Style. 

Upgrading your patio furniture isn’t like snagging a new coffee mug. It’s an investment. We strongly encourage selecting classic pieces in timeless colors that will look good even as the styles and trends evolve. 

Remember, you can always dress up your outdoor space with accessories and throw pillows. In fact, this is the quickest and most affordable way to give your patio a breath of fresh perspective. 

Visit our Bellevue or Seattle stores to see our selection of high-quality patio furniture for sale in Seattle.