With snow on the ground in large parts of the country, our summer days might seem far away. However, when the first bit of sunshine breaks from the clouds, people are going to flock towards their nearest retailer and get some outdoor patio furniture to soak up the warmth of the sun. If you want to enjoy your time on the patio, there are a few mistakes that you should avoid if you want to make sure that you have the best quality furniture available.
Mistake #1 – Not measuring
You need to measure your space BEFORE you head to the store to make your final purchase. You might have given your patio the eyeball check, but that does not mean that you have accurate measurements. You do not want to have problems with one seat just not fitting on your patio, doors not being able to swing open, and a dining room table that you cannot put anywhere because it ALMOST fits. Keep your natural walking paths in mind when you measure your space.
Mistake #2 – Only focusing on the hip colors
We understand that you want patio furniture to look great, we understand that a trendy design or a vibrant color is going to draw you in – but you do not want to forget about the materials and quality of your patio furniture. That shiny color might look great, but it will not last long if your patio furniture fades in the sunshine or if it cannot withstand long bouts of moisture.
Mistake #3 – Skimping on protection
OK, so you are spending the money on high-quality patio furniture (smart move), but you want this investment to last for as long as possible. This means that you should get covers for your patio furniture to protect them from rain, snow, and other elements. If you have many large cushions, you might even consider buying a container to store them in. That should keep them try and ensures that they are not going to attract mildew.
Mistake #4 – Not thinking about your location
It is true in real estate and it is true in patio furniture – LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. For example, say you live near the beach, you must consider what the air is going to do to specific types of metal. Same goes for those of us who live near sap-dripping trees. These are important factors that are going to influence your final purchase.
Mistake #5 – Not thinking about what you want to do with it
You can buy patio chairs, but if you only want to lounge in the heat, you are probably going to want a patio umbrella and a large, relaxing seat. These are important factors that you must ask yourself before you decide on something that you like.