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How to Choose the Right Outdoor Deck Furniture

If you’re like most homeowners, a brand new deck warrants a new outdoor furniture set. But, choosing the right outdoor design isn’t always easy, especially when you have so many online and offline retailers to pick from.  Add in all of the different colors, styles, storage options, and more, you can spend days trying to sort through it all!

If you need help, look no further. Here’s a simple guide to assist you when selecting the ideal patio furniture for your deck.


#1: What Are You Looking for in Your Patio Furniture?


The first thing you need to do when shopping for deck furniture is to consider how you use your deck and any existing pieces you may place on it. Do you host dinner parties, or do you mostly lounge in the sun? Do you have an upcoming event that you are planning on hosting in your backyard, like a child’s graduation party?

Think about your seating arrangement and how many tables you’ll need, and whether or not a fire pit fits into your plans. Make a list of everything you’re expecting to get out of your outdoor furniture, and you’ll automatically start narrowing your focus.


#2: Try Before You Buy


Furniture is not something you should buy online, and this includes patio furniture. The reason is because you have no idea what the product is going to look like when you finally get it set up on your deck. You also won’t have an idea whether or not it’s comfortable. So, go the old fashioned route and visit a physical retailer and actually sit on the furniture so you can compare.



#3: Think About Maintenance


You already have enough chores to do around the house; you don’t need to add more by choosing patio furniture that requires a lot of upkeep. Instead, go with materials that stand up to the elements and the test of time.

Metal, plastic, and wicker are among some examples of low-maintenance materials. Keep in mind that even when you store your furniture away during harsh winters, you’ll still want to clean it before you use it again the following spring and summer. Here are some tips for how to clean outdoor furniture properly.

Metal Furniture – Wipe down the furniture with a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and water, especially if there are areas where oxidation has developed. Do not use ammonia or alkaline cleaners. To remove scuff marks, wipe the area with a soft cloth and a non-abrasive cleaner. Apply a coat of car wax to the metal to help keep it protected through summer.

Glass – If you have a glass-topped table, dish detergent usually works best, followed by a spritz of white vinegar or glass cleaner and a final wipe. Make sure you clean the underside of the glass at least once a month to maintain its clarity. When the table is not in use, you should cover it.

Plastic – Plastic furniture can be quickly cleaned using ½ cup of washing soda with a gallon of warm water. If you have white furniture, you can brighten it up by using 3 tablespoons of automatic dishwasher detergent mixed with one gallon of warm water. For colored plastic, use a mix of white vinegar and warm water. Once clean, apply a coat of car paste wax to keep it looking new.


#4: How Much Storage Do You Have?


Once you buy your new patio set, you’re going to want it to keep looking its best for as long as possible. This means you should be storing it during the winter months in a secure, covered location. If you don’t have a lot of available storage, then you may want to go with foldable chairs and loungers so you can fit more in the space that you do have.


#5: Colors


The best patio furniture is kept natural, whether it is plastic, wood, wicker, or metal. If you want to add a touch of color, it is best reserved for your pillows and throws. By keeping the furniture natural, it allows you greater creative freedom when planning your deck’s color palette.


#6: Patio Furniture Is an Investment


When you’re shopping for patio furniture, try to buy the best quality you can afford. When you invest in quality, your patio furniture will last longer and provide you with greater enjoyment, thus allowing you to get the most out of your money.