Should I Pay More For Outdoor furniture?

Why pay more for outdoor furniture?

We have all heard the saying “you get what you pay for” and it’s very often true in the patio furniture industry.  The fact that most of the lower end patio is made overseas and made to “stack” together to get more on a shipment is also at the expense of quality and comfort.

Standard Stacking Outdoor Furniture

Higher end patio should look and feel good.  The good stuff is usually, but not always, sold at specialty stores and can come in a variety of styles and colors to match your décor.   The process of purchasing a higher end set is usually made simple with a qualified patio expert.   Most of the higher end patio will come with a warranty often lasting ten or more years.

Often buying a higher end patio set will be less expensive in the long run.  If a $2000 patio set last twenty years the cost of ownership is only $100 a year.  The lower end set maybe at $300 each will most likely last 2 years at $150 a year.

If you can get past the up front cost the pay off may be worth it.  You will also contribute less to your local landfill.

Dining and deep seating casual furniture

The size of the patio set you will need really depends on what you want the overall project to look like.  Do you want just a dining table, or do you want an outdoor room.  Outdoor rooms have become a fun way of showing your style to your friends and family.  Outdoor furniture manufacturers have made everything from dining tables to a complete outdoor room sets, including everything from sofa’s to artwork.  The collection that fits your style may be the same as the décor as inside or may be a complete departure from your everyday life inside.   A good patio store will be able to take your ideas and help you design your own outdoor retreat.

Comfort Outdoors

Sitting Pretty Outdoors

What size patio set should I get?

The patio set size you should get depends on your family and friends needs.  A dining set should be big enough to comfortably fit your immediate family with maybe a couple extra spaces for surprise guest that show up.  The time that is actually spent outside eating a meal is very little when compared to the time we all spend relaxing with our friends afterwards.  A lot of patios will have a place for a group of 6 to 10 to enjoy dinner and then a couple of areas with lounge type seating that can be enjoyed by all.  Outdoor sofas, loveseats, and chat sets have become common place in the overall outdoor room design.  When shopping for your next patio be sure to keep in mind all the potential of your outdoor space.

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