What to Know Before Buying Patio Furniture
Whether you want to host a dinner party, create a calm sanctuary for morning coffee, or have an outdoor place for games and projects, a patio table is a must. Besides the style and material, size is the most important aspect of your patio table. Outdoor tables come in all sizes, as well as expandable options to accommodate surprise dinner guests. Allowing 18 to 24 inches per guest means greater ease (and fewer spills from clumsy elbows) when dining. Ideally, there should be between 6 and 12 inches between place settings. Use the following chart to find a table that’s right for you.
Patio chairs come in a wide range of sizes, colors, and materials. For dining, choose chairs with flat seats and straight backs. Because dining tables are generally 28 to 30 inches tall, the ideal height of your dining chairs should be between 18 and 20 inches from the ground to the top of your seat.
For ultimate relaxing, choose chairs with overstuffed cushions for super comfortable lounging. An Adirondack is a great chair choice that offers a relaxed lounging position. If you have limited storage, remember to look for patio chairs that stack easily.
A porch swing promotes a friendly, neighborly feeling and is a cozy place to read, relax, or sip coffee. For a traditional feel that never goes out of style, a wooden porch swing is just the ticket. If you live in a high-moisture climate, you will need to waterproof a wooden swing to protect against the elements. For a vintage vibe, consider an iron swing. With its elegant scrollwork, an iron swing is old fashioned with a touch of whimsy. Choose cushions and throw pillows to adorn your swing that will give it a sofa-like appeal.
Outdoor benches provide charm and functionality to your outdoor space. A bench can be used in place of chairs at your patio dining table or put against a wall for additional seating. Small cast iron or hardwood benches are great options for smaller areas, while glider benches or rocking benches require a little more room. They can also be multifunctional. A storage bench with an enclosed space below the seat provides an area where you can store cushions and other items while also offering extra seating for outdoor gatherings.
Cushions are an inexpensive way to update your look or add new life to an older patio set. Designs or patterns can incorporate a specific tone or theme into your design. Stripes in blue and white can give your area a nautical look, while black-and-white stripes offer a high-end cabana feeling. Tropical prints evoke an island vibe, while toile is reminiscent of Vintage style. Chair cushions usually come in two styles: one piece that covers the seat and back of the chair, or two separate pieces that can be tied to the chair. If you have benches or armless chairs, you’ll only need seat cushions. When buying cushions, look for materials that are washable, waterproof, and mildew- and fade-resistant. Quality and cost will vary depending on fabric, so buy the best you can afford for maximum value and durability.
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