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Just picture it: A private, secluded oasis in the sun just right outside your door. It’s chic. It’s comfortable. And it’s the place otherwise known as your backyard.
You’ve decided to invest in patio furniture so you can enjoy the comfort of your backyard. It’s an investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly as making a decision based on style alone might result in purchasing pieces that didn’t live up to your expectations. Plus, the task of choosing the right furniture can be daunting due to the vast array of styles, designs, materials, and accessories available.
Regardless if your style is geared toward more modern needs, or you appreciate the simplicity of classic design, patio furniture is a reflection of the atmosphere you want to create outside. Think of it as taking what you love about the inside of your home, and translating it into a relaxing retreat where you, your family, and friends can enjoy the breeze and throw some fun parties.
Care: Wipe clean. Aluminum does not rust, but can oxidize and turn chalky white over time. Follow the suggested care instructions provided.
Maintenance Level: Low
An elegant choice that gives your backyard the look of a European bistro, cast aluminum patio furniture has a striking presence that is upscale and contemporary. Styling your patio or deck with cast aluminum patio furniture is considered upscale and refined, making it ideal for those who want the feeling of lounging in a lavish and luxurious hotel-inspired setting.
Care: Wipe clean. Follow the suggested care instructions provided.
Maintenance Level: Low
A beautiful and popular choice for patios, decks, sunrooms, porches and outdoor entertaining areas is all-weather wicker. The cozy feeling that this material provides lends itself to being enjoyed casually while also bringing contemporary flair to your decor. All-weather wicker is a synthetic material with pliable abilities often woven, braided or twisted to create intricate textures. Styles include Rustic, Exotic, Natural, Traditional, and island-inspired.
Care: Wipe down frequently. Follow the suggested care instructions provided.
Maintenance Level: Low
Patio Furniture Fabric
A beautiful cushion or canopy is only as good as the fabric it’s made of. And what good is it if in a year you need to replace it because damage from the sun makes the item look worn or overused?
Fabric composition can vary greatly as a common practice is to combine multiple types to create a desired texture or softness. Normally, the fabrics that cover throw pillows, rugs, cushions, and upholstered furniture indoors do not have the outdoor resilience required to endure the elements. So, when it comes to upholstered items to pair with your outdoor chairs and benches, the best option for your investment is all-weather resistant fabric such as Sunbrella.
Just like the name implies, all-weather resistant fabric can take a beating from Mother Nature and still hold up well. Come rain, heavy wind or blazing sun, these types of fabrics are meant to resist fading to preserve their beautiful colors. The investment in all-weather resistant fabric might be a little more costly, but worth it.
Fabrics that are all-weather resistant are usually treated with a chemical to increase the fiber strength of the material. A premium choice preferred by many is Sunbrella®.
Standard fabrics just don’t have the longevity that Sunbrella does. This fabric is designed to resist fading in the summer sun, and also is resilient against stains or chlorine, making it a great option to pair by the pool. The patented material can withstand the elements, resulting in many years of use.
Sunbrella fabric is used to create outdoor drapery, throw pillows, cushions, canopies, umbrellas, area rugs, throws, blankets and more. Many of Sunbrella products are backed by a generous warranty, giving you peace of mind in your investment.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends Sunbrella fabrics in shading products as an aid in the prevention of sun induced damage to the skin as a part of a complete sun protection regimen, including regular use of sunscreen.
Considered a deluxe weather-resistant fabric, Olefin is known for retaining beautiful color even when exposed to prolonged sunlight. It is also resistant to staining and mildew, dries quickly and is very strong. Olefin is a synthetic fiber made from polyolefin, such as polypropylene or polyethylene.
Types of Cushions
Customize your favorite chair by adding a cushion to it for vibrant color and exceptional comfort. Bold and bright, floral print or geometric-inspired, outdoor furniture can be transformed from ordinary to inviting by simply adding an exuberant print or color to the décor.
Luckily, cushions are made in multiple sizes, patterns, colors and fabrics, leaving you plenty of options to personalize your patio in style. Shapes include: chair, bistro, high back, mid back, Adirondack, chaise, bench, dining, deep seating, settee, and tufted.
From lounging by the pool, to sitting pretty in the shade, you can absolutely find seating options that are stylish and comfortable. And thanks to the vast array of materials chairs come in, customizing a deck, veranda or balcony with cozy seating is a breeze.
Take your meal outside as you enjoy dinner with family and friends under the sun. A table is a must for any outdoor entertaining area… and just your luck, there are plenty of ‘em.
Dining outside on your patio, balcony or deck is one of the things you can look forward to the most as a beautiful table or seating set will inspire you to entertain outdoors. Depending upon the setup of your backyard, you can keep things casual with a conversation set or turn up the party atmosphere by adding a bar set and sectional for a lounge-inspired vibe.
The fun part about buying outdoor furniture is accessorizing. Accessories serve to complement your backyard by showcasing your style personality and provide practical use in different settings. From durable melamine dinnerware that is shatter-resistant, to the twinkle of glowing string lights at dusk, the small details bring out the beauty of your patio furniture.
What’s also great about adding personal touches to your home is it allows you to play with themes like Nautical, Tropical, Modern, Transitional, and Contemporary by adding something new to the mix as a striking visual.
Now that you are armed with loads of information, click on any of these links to find your perfect patio furniture or accessories.
- Patio Furniture Collections
- Patio Conversation Sets
- Patio Dining Sets
- Bistro & Small Space Sets
- Patio Chairs & Benches
- Patio Tables & Bars
- Sofas & Loveseats