As you move into your new home, you want to get everything set up right away. You’ve been looking forward to having a nice patio, so it’s time to get some furniture.
Of course, it’s important to find furniture that’s right for your patio and for your lifestyle. Our tips can help guide your decision.
1. Think About How You’ll Use the Patio
Your furniture should match the way you think you’ll use the patio. If you picture yourself sitting out there with your spouse and a nice glass of wine, you might want some comfortable chairs and a small table. If you plan to host parties and dinners, you probably want a large table and chairs and a patio that's not covered probably needs an umbrella or shade sail. If you don’t have the right furniture, you won’t want to use your patio as often as you should.
2. Measure the Space to Get the Right Fit
The furniture you choose shouldn’t be too big or too small. You want something just right for your needs. Measure the area or use the measurements provided by your developer. Then, loosely sketch out where you think the furniture should go. If you make a scale drawing, you should be able to come up with some approximate measurements for the furniture.
3. Choose Comfortable Pieces
You want furniture that’s going to be comfortable, but as you look around, you’ll start to see many pieces aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. For instance. Adirondack chairs are a popular choice for those who are looking for relaxing chairs to hang out in. However, their low-to-the-ground design can make it hard for people to stand up, especially older people. Metal or wicker furniture might have the look you want, but without proper cushions, you won’t want to spend much time in them.
4. Shop In-Store
You can get some good deals online, but it’s practically impossible to judge the quality and “feel” of a product from a few pictures and a wordy description. Something that looks great might not be comfortable. It might be wobbly once you put it together. When you shop in-store, you can try out the products before you buy. You’re more likely to notice the little things you’d find annoying, and you’ll be able to pick something that’s just right. You can still get a good deal by waiting until there are sales -- usually around Canada Day or at the end of the summer.
5. Look for Quality
You want something that will last for years. Look for pieces that are sturdy. A chair with thin wooden legs, for instance, is more likely to break quickly. Wide legs made from wood or metal legs are a better choice. The material should also be able to withstand being outside without getting mould or rust. Look for a finish that will protect the furniture and won’t chip.
6. Make Sure Materials Are Waterproof
Recognize not all furniture, pillows, or carpets are designed for outdoor use. The fabric used should be waterproof or water-resistant. Cushions should dry quickly if they get wet to avoid mould. Even furniture that doesn’t have cushions or fabric should state it’s designed for outdoor use. In particular, you want products that are designed for Alberta's cold weather as well.
7. Find Flexible Furniture
It’s nice to find furniture that’s flexible and can serve more than one purpose. For instance, a nice ottoman can be a place to rest your feet, additional seating, or a storage space for blankets. Drop-leaf tables are nice because you can keep them small for everyday use and expand the size when company comes.
8. Plan for the Winter
Think about what you’ll do with the furniture during the long winter months. If you’ll be putting the furniture in a garage or storage space, it will stay in good condition year after year. If you don’t have the space for that, consider purchasing snow-proof covers for the furniture so it can stay on the patio without getting damaged.
When you choose the right furniture, you’re able to create a patio that’s warm and inviting. Keep the above tips in mind and you're sure to find some great furniture that will last for many years to come.