Although we are entering the cold winter months, outdoor furniture remains a common purchase throughout the entire year. Investing in a high quality outdoor furniture set is by no means cheap and so taking advantage of the out-of-the-season sales can be a huge help. If you are looking around for some new pieces for your garden, here are some of the key things you need to consider.
What do you have space for?
Outdoor furniture comes in all shapes and forms, from a table and chair set to benches or outdoor sofa sets and loungers. These can get as big or small as you like, depending on what you have space for. It is important, however, that you make this decision before you start looking – otherwise, you risk finding something you absolutely love but is too big for your outdoor space. Once you have your measurements and idea of what you are looking for, you can use web filters to show you only suitable results for your garden.
Is the style a good fit?
The style of the furniture is, of course, one of the most important aspects to consider. There is an incredibly wide range of choices available in stores too. Just look at the vast selection of Vidaxl outdoor benches, for example. Wooden, metal, cushioned, white, cream or blue – you name it, they have it. So, before you make any rushed decisions, try to think about the style and the theme you are going with in your outdoor space. Also, consider the furniture or decor you are planning to acquire and in the future and how simple it will be to match the style.
Is it comfortable?
This sounds like a no-brainer but it can be easy to forget that not all outdoor furniture is the most comfortable to sit in for long periods of time. Depending on what kind of item you are looking to purchase, try to find the most comfortable option for its purpose. If it’s a sun lounger, you are likely to be spending hours laying on it, so the comfort is of paramount importance. If you are in a physical store, you can test it for yourself, but make sure you do your research and read the reviews when buying online.
How easy is the maintenance?
A high quality outdoor furniture set should be able to withstand the weather conditions throughout the year, particularly in the milder of countries. However, this doesn’t mean that it won’t require any maintenance at all. When searching for your perfect set, make sure you find out about the maintenance of it and opt for the option that is more easy to take care of.
Think about how easy it will be to clean on a regular basis (e.g. some materials will pick up dirt easier or have lots of small wedges collecting dust that will be difficult to access). Also find out how water resistant they are, as some wooden furniture will need varnish re-applied to it regularly. Can you leave it outside for most of the year or do you have to keep putting the pieces away into storage (which may cause more inconvenience)? All of these factors will add up to certain outdoor furniture materials and styles becoming less convenient than others.