Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Patio Furniture Set

A porch or patio is a great place for people to congregate, as long as you have comfortable furniture where everyone can relax.

Pamapic Patio Furniture
Select a patio furniture set that’s appropriately sized for the space you have available.PAMAPIC

We’ve all been there—the lawn, pool, or patio party so crammed with furniture it feels like you’re navigating in a space capsule or corn maze. The outdoors means gracious space, and too much furniture defeats the purpose. Here are three things to think about when you’re looking for patio furniture to fit your needs.

Available Space

Homall 4 Pieces Outdoor Patio Furniture Sets
This set would fit comfortably in a space with a minimum of 50 square feet.Homall

How much space you have on your patio, deck, porch or lawn will determine the type and size of the outdoor furniture set that works best for you. Consider space needed for easy walking and moving around (2 to 3 feet between pieces) so your patio doesn’t feel cramped. Folding furniture can be a great option for small patios.

Intended Purpose

Devoko 5 Pieces Patio Furniture Sets
This sectional outdoor sofa/chair set offers a number of arrangement options to suit your use and space.Devoko

A patio furniture set designed for relaxed sunsets or lazy afternoon reading or sunning will look different from that supporting a more active purpose such as dining or entertaining. One might call for Adirondack chairs and hammocks, while a more active arrangement would favor a dining and congregating arrangement, and possibly a firepit. Regardless, factor in sun and wind protection and lighting as you furnish your outdoor space.

Durability

PAMAPIC furniture set
This patio set features a sturdy steel construction, with a rattan wicker covering that resists the weather. Cushions have washable, removeable covers.PAMAPIC

By definition, outdoor furniture ought to be waterproof and UV resistant, and should be constructed with sturdy materials that won’t easily rust or fade. It should be easy to keep clean. Consider covering it while not in use to further protect it and extend its life.